Ian Holloway compares Middlesbrough's promotion push to his time at QPR

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The former Queens Park Rangers boss has been discussing Boro.

Ian Holloway has compared Middlesbrough's promotion push under Aitor Karanka to his time at QPRaccording to his regular predictions column for Sky Sports.

Indeed, the pundit believes Karanka will be using the hurt of last year's play-off final defeat to Norwich City to motivate the Middlesbrough squad at this crucial time in the season.

Boro travel to already-relegated Bolton Wanderers on Saturday afternoon and the former QPR boss is backing the visitors to win 2-0.

Holloway told Sky Sports: "Middlesbrough will kick themselves if they don't win this. It looks as though Aitor Karanka is harnessing the hurt of last year to motivate his players.

"I did the same at QPR when we lost the play-off final, then went up automatically the following year. Remembering the pain of a defeat is a great motivation. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

Holloway's promotion was in division two, of course, so a lot less relevant here...

But his point stands about Middlesbrough looking to bounce back from disappointment. Ultimately, Boro were just beaten by the better team at Wembley.

That can happen in a one-off game, which is why Karanka and co will be desperate to go up automatically.

As for QPR, the west London side will no doubt look to bounce back from a middling campaign this season and try for promotion next term.

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