Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough boss denies "defensive team" label

Dimi Konstantopoulos
Middlesbrough have not conceded a goal for 671 minutes at the Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has denied that he has a "defensive team" after seeing his side keep five consecutive clean sheets in the league.

The Teesiders have the best defensive record in the Football League, having conceded 12 goals in 21 games.

"I don't want to say to people that we are a defensive team because if you look at our stats we are one of the top scoring teams," Karanka told BBC Tees.

"We score a lot of goals and we have a lot of chances every single game."

Meanwhile, Karanka has praised goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos, who triggered a contract extension by playing his 20th game of the season in Middlesbrough's 1-0 win over Burnley on Tuesday.

The 37-year-old will now stay at the Riverside until summer 2017.

"He's a good example for everybody because when I arrived here he was the third goalkeeper and he always was trying to take advantage of his chance," Karanka said.

"He had his chance in his first season, and then he lost it because I put Tomas Mejias in in his second season.

"He took his chance again after four or five games last season and he's playing really well."

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