Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MATCHFILE: Huddersfield V Boro; at John Smith's Stadium Tomorrow (Kick-Off 3pm)

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

MATCHFILE: Huddersfield V Boro; at John Smith's Stadium Tomorrow (Kick-Off 3pm)

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AITOR'S OUTLOOK "IT would be the biggest mistake to look at the table and think (tomorrow) will be an easy game.

"They lost at Sheffield Wednesday (last Saturday) but the first 70 minutes were really good. They have a new manager, David Wagner, on the bench, they're in trouble and need points.

"But we have to think about ourselves. We have to play well and try to stop them, as Huddersfield will want to beat us from the first second.

"The players know me and our main game is the Huddersfield game, as the aim this season is the league.

"We have an exciting game (against Everton in the Capital One Cup quarter-final) on Tuesday, but first our game is Saturday, and we have to try to beat them.

"After that, we can then talk about Everton."

BORO FORM GUIDE BORO'S recent form can be dissected in two different ways - either with a positive head or a negative head.

The 'glass half-full' brigade will argue Aitor Karanka's side sit third in the Championship, two points off the summit and have lost only one of their last six matches in all competitions.

Yet those feeling a little nervy will point to the fact that Boro have won only one of their last four league matches away from the Riverside, losing three. They came against Hull City, Cardiff and Reading - with the solitary victory coming at Molineux on October 24.

During the win over QPR last Friday, Boro racked up their 50th clean sheet under Aitor Karanka's stewardship - a remarkable feat in only 108 games.

It's four shut-outs in Boro's last five, with the setback at Hull City the only tarnish on their defensive masterclass.

CAN'T PLAY, WON'T PLAY TOMAS Kalas will miss Boro's trip to Huddersfield tomorrow after returning from international duty "tired", according to Aitor Karanka.

But Boro are boosted by the return of midfielder Adam Forshaw (ankle), while defenders Fernando Amorebieta and Jonathan Woodgate are both available for selection.

After returning from the bench against QPR, Cristhian Stuani is pushing for a Boro start, but Grant Leadbitter serves a one-match suspension.

Huddersfield are without Mustapha Carayol (ineligible), while Harry Bunn (suspension), goalkeeper Joe Murphy (knock), Ishmael Miller (groin) and Joel Lynch (hamstring) miss out.

HOW THEY STAND P W D L FA Pts Hull 17 10 5 2 27 9 35 Brighton 17 9 8 0 22 13 35 Middlesbrough 17 10 3 4 25 12 33 Derby 17 9 6 2 24 11 33 Burnley 17 9 6 2 24 15 33 Birmingham 17 8 4 5 24 18 28 Reading 17 7 6 4 25 18 27 SheffWed 17 7 6 4 23 20 27 Cardiff17 6 7 4 17 14 25 Ipswich 17 6 7 4 25 25 25 Brentford 17 7 3 7 23 24 24 Fulham 17 5 6 6 30 29 21 Blackburn 17 4 8 5 17 16 20 Wolverhampton 17 55 7 22 23 20 QPR 17 55 7 22 25 20 Leeds 17 4 7 6 16 20 19 Preston 17 3 86 12 15 17 Nottm Forest 17 4 5 8 13 18 17 Bristol City 17 3 7 7 18 27 16 Charlton 17 44 9 15 26 16 Huddersfield 17 3 68 17 26 15 Milton Keynes Dons 17 4 3 10 15 24 15 Rotherham 17 33 11 18 33 12 Bolton 17 18 8 11 24 11 COMPILED BY JONATHON TAYLOR THEY WORE BOTH SHIRTS The following have played for both Boro and Huddersfield: Alun Armstrong, Steve Baker, Mark Barham, Simon Beaton, Walter Bottrill, Jacob Butterfield, Mustapha Carayol (pictured), Adam Clayton, David Currie, Andy Dibble, Jason Gavin, Adam Hammill, Mark Hudson, Lukas Jutkiewicz, Mick Kennedy, Brian Laws, Jim Lawson, Alan Miller, Ishmael Miller, Alan McNeill, Andy Payton, Charles Slade, Steve Spriggs, Alan Walsh, Dean Whitehead, Joey Williams. …

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