Karanka thanks his Boro players for Wembley day out
AITOR Karanka thanked his Middlesbrough team for earning him a day out at Wembley after they reached the Championship play-off final in style.
Goals from Lee Tomlin, Kike and Albert Adomah earned a 3-0 second-leg win over Brentford and a 5-1 aggregate success to set up a clash with either Norwich or Ipswich, with a Premier League place on the line. The former Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid defender will be able to tick off one of his great wishes, with his only previous trip to Wembley being for a disciplinary hearing earlier this season which resulted in a one-match touchline ban.
"I have been manager for 18 months and we have been dreaming of this moment," he said.
"I told the players 'thank you', I achieved a lot of things as a player but I never played at Wembley."
Captain Grant Leadbitter added: "We went down to Brentford and came back with the result we wanted, and tonight we outclassed Brentford."
Karanka's emotions were in contrast to his opposite number Mark Warburton, for whom defeat spelt the end of his reign. Brentford had already told Warburton he would be leaving the club this summer whether or not they were promoted.
And he said: "The fans, the players, the staff have all been outstanding. We weren't the best team on night but boys all season been outstanding, they'll go on from here.
"Hopefully (I've left the club) in a healthier state than when I came here. I'll have a chat to the players and we'll go from there."