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Karanka slams 'awful' atmosphere

Filed: Saturday, 21st January 2017
By: Staff Writer

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka hit our at his OWN fans after today's 3-1 defeat by West Ham at the Riverside Stadium.

The home side were beaten 3-1 this afternoon thanks to a brace from Andy Carroll and a third by Jonathan Calleri.

However rather than turn on his players after the game, it was the club's FANS who appeared to have enraged Karanka. "I was really upset with the last 10 minutes," he told the press during his post-match press conference.

"We didn't play in the manner we had to play or in the way we know how to play - and it was because the atmosphere was awful today. The fans demanded a lot of the players, we don't know how to play in that way, playing in that way we didn't create one chance and the team was broken on the pitch.

"That's something I don't like at all. [The fans] need to understand where we were last season or two seasons ago, and I think these players deserve more respect. I don't know how many thousand people are asking for long balls, at the end you have to play long balls. It's a style we don't know how to play.

"We didn't play one game or one minute in the Championship (like that) when we got promoted and it's something we have to fix. While I'm here, we won't be playing long balls."

And Karanka - whose side are now just two places and four points above the relegation zone following today's reversal - also accused the 'Boro fans of having a short memory.

"I said last season that they have a small memory," he added. "If I was a player and my crowd left the stadium five or 10 minutes before the finish, when three years ago the team and club were heading into League One, I wouldn't feel good.

"They knew this season would be a tough season for everybody, but they can't forget where the club was last season - or two, three, four, five or six seasons ago."

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