Apr 22, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
Reading
2-0
Middlesbrough
le Fondre (9'), Friend (14' og.)
McAnuff (67')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Whitehead (33'), Varga (41'), Friend (72'), Tomlin (88')

Aitor Karanka takes blame for Middlesbrough's defeat to Reading

Karanka takes blame for Reading defeat
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Aitor Karanka admits that Middlesbrough being out of the playoff race meant that he struggled to motivate his players for their 2-0 Championship defeat to Reading.

Aitor Karanka has confessed that he struggled to motivate his Middlesbrough players for their loss to Reading at the Madjeski Stadium on Tuesday.

Boro defender George Friend put into his own net after Adam le Fondre had opened the scoring as the Royals cruised to a 2-0 Championship victory in Berkshire.

The result lifted Reading back into the playoff spots and Karanka has admitted that Boro, who saw their own hopes of a top-six finish ended with defeat to Millwall last weekend, did not match the desire shown by their opponents, and criticised them for being passive.

"One team was playing for the points, the other team was playing for nothing," he told reporters. "If Reading had needed more goals they could have scored them.

"It was my fault. It's difficult when you don't play for points but I didn't choose the right players and I couldn't motivate them. As a player I was competitive and I want competitive players."

Boro are now an unassailable nine points adrift of the playoffs, with two games of the season remaining.

Adam Le Fondre of Reading attacks during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading v Watford at The Madejski Stadium on August 17, 2013
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