English Premiership

We deserved the win, says Karanka

2016-12-06 13:34
Gaston Ramirez (Getty)

Cape Town - Aitor Karanka was left proud of his Middlesbrough side following their 1-0 win over Hull City at the Riverside Stadium on Monday night.

Gaston Ramirez scored the only goal of the game as he headed home on the hour mark.

The result left Boro in 13th place with 15 points from 12 games, with the Tigers in 19th spot on 11 points, just two above bottom-side Swansea City.

After the match, the former Real Madrid assistant boss told the club's website that his team is steadily improving.

He said: "I think we deserved the win.

"We had a lot of chances, we had a lot of possession and finally, we got the goal.

"Then when we scored, we showed our experience and managed the game well.

"I am really proud of the team because every Premier League game is different and difficult.”

Karanka also praised Ramirez, who spent a season on loan at Hull during the 2014/15 season, but acknowledged that it is very much a team effort at the newly-promoted club.

The manager added: "Gaston is an important player. But we are in this position because of all of them.

"Playing the way we have in the last five or six games, that is how we will go forward.

"We are a recently-promoted team. We’ve done nothing yet and in the Premier League you can’t be complacent.

"The best way to add experience is winning and adding points. Now we are up to 15 and we have to keep going."

Middlesbrough next face a trip to the St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday where they will face Southampton where a win would see them leap-frog the Saints into 12th place on the standings.

Kick off is at 16:15.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 21 April 2018
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool, The Hawthorns 13:30
Watford v Crystal Palace, Vicarage Road Stadium 16:00
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Stoke City v Burnley, Bet365 Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v West Ham United, Emirates Stadium 14:30
Manchester City v Swansea City, Etihad Stadium 17:30
Monday, 23 April 2018
Everton v Newcastle United, Goodison Park 21:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.