Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Confidence Is the Key, Says Thrilled Boro Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Confidence Is the Key, Says Thrilled Boro Boss

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MIDDLESBROUGH 1 BURNLEY 0 MIDDLESBROUGH manager Aitor Karanka admitted confidence was the key to his side beating Sky Bet Championship leaders Burnley at the Riverside. Emmanuel Ledesma fired Boro to a hard-earned 1-0 win hot on the heels of the 2-0 victory at Millwall.

It was the first time Boro have won back-to-back games in 2013 and the boss admitted self-belief made the difference.

"In my first few games the team played well but results did not go well and we made late mistakes too many times and that affects confi-dence," said Karanka (pictured below). "Winning at Millwall has made a massive difference. The players were better in every area.

"When you are more confident you are more sure in your decisions. You try more, you succeed more and that grows through the team.

"Now we have beaten the team who are top of the table and that will make more confidence."

Karanka admitted his short spell at Boro and a string of late sucker punches had left him nervous in the closing stages.

He added: "It was painful.

"We could have scored two or three in the first 25 minutes but we didn't and so, with what has happened before, I was nervous until the very last second."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said it was a sign of Burnley's changed status Boro celebrated the goal so intensely.

He said: "Their bench's reaction told a story. They were up and screaming; they were buzzing.

"You'd have thought they had won the lottery rather than scored against Burnley but that is a sign of how far we have come.

"In this league it is all about fine margins and in this game the margins were incredibly tight.

"It is the little things which go against you. I thought there may have been a foul in the build-up to their goal when their man crashed into one of ours and they broke from the loose ball.

"I'm not going to complain because he is an experienced referee , but I thought that had to be a foul. …

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