Karanka keen to get back to winning ways

The Boro head coach has been giving his views on his side's previous and upcoming games, as well as providing updates on his squad ahead of his side's trip to Merseyside.

Karanka keen to get back to winning ways
Aitor Karanka watches on as his team lose at home for the first time since January 2016 | Photo: Getty

Middlesbrough suffered their first loss in the Premier League this year at the hands of Crystal Palace.

An early second half goal from Wilfred Zaha secured the three points for Alan Pardew's men, and the Boro boss is now in charge of picking his team up from the defeat.

Aitor Karanka, today, said that: "If (Middlesbrough) do not play in our intensity it will be really difficult to win games."

He did add, however, that his side "shouldn't panic with a defeat".

Daniel Ayala scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday | Photo: Reuters
Daniel Ayala scored his first Premier League goal on Saturday | Photo: Reuters

"We know they are a really good team"

Looking forward to Saturday's game, Karanka acknowledged how tough a challenge Everton will bring.

The Spaniard watched the Toffees play at Sunderland on Monday, 'we have to be 150% if we want to compete.'

On Ronald Koeman, Karanka said 'he used to be an amazing player and he is a good example for me.'

The Boro boss also wants his defence to try and nullify the threat of Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian scored a hat-trick against the Black Cats and Karanka wants his back four to "disturb him".

Adding, "He is very strong so don't make it comfortable for him."

Lukaku scored the last time Boro faced Everton in the Quarter Finals of last year's Capital One Cup | Photo: BPI
Lukaku scored the last time Boro faced Everton in the Quarter Finals of last year's Capital One Cup | Photo: BPI

How is Boro's squad looking?

On his own side, Aitor Karanka said that Cristhian Stuani picked up a groin injury on Saturday, as well as Jordan Rhodes suffered a knock in training so both are doubts for the game at Goodison Park.

Stuani's absence could set up Adama Traore for his first Middlesbrough start, after playing the final 10 minutes against Crystal Palace.

Marten de Roon could also start after featuring on Saturday, but he will have to displace either Adam Forshaw or Adam Clayton from Boro's starting 11.