Middlesbrough's Karanka: We thought we were Champions League side

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka blasted his side's work ethic in their 2-0 loss to Ipswich Town at the weekend, suggesting his side got carried away.

Aitor Karanka was left disappointed with his team's attitude at the weekend, insisting the win against Derby County made his players believe they were a Champions League side. 

10 days ago, Middlesbrough made a huge step in the quest for promotion to the Premier League by beating league favourites Derby at the Riverside 2-0. However, they failed to replicate that performance when they came up against high-flying Ipswich.

Goals from Daryl Murphy and Jay Tabb saw Ipswich prevail 2-0 over Middlesbrough, which left manager Karanka venting his anger to the press after the game. 

''This is the first time I have been angry with my players' attitude,'' Karanka was quoted as saying on football-league.co.uk

''After last week's win against Derby County, we thought we were a Champions League team. But today it is impossible to take anything from the game.

"Ipswich wanted it more than us. Murphy was first to the rebound for their first goal, Teddy Bishop at 18 years old was the best player on the pitch and Jay Tabb, at 5ft 5ins, scored with his head.

"It was our worst performance of the season - it is difficult to understand."

If Middlesbrough had won their game at the weekend, they would currently be sat in joint-first with Bournemouth in the Championship on 42 points. However, the loss against Ipswich leaves Boro in fourth position on 39 points, the same amount as Derby currently in fifth. 

With just four points separating sixth-placed Watford and table-toppers Bournemouth, it's almost impossible to predict who will be the side in the acedency going into 2015. Although, with only two games of the year left to play, all six clubs will be all the more desperate for a 100 percent record in order to put themselves in the best possible position going into the second half of the season. 

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