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Karanka wary of QPR threat

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has warned his players not to be fooled by QPR's recent run of results.

Rangers head for the Riverside Stadium on Saturday having won just two of their last nine Sky Bet Championship games, a return which has seen them slip out of the race for automatic promotion.

But Karanka told Boro's official website: "QPR lost 3-0 against Sheffield Wednesday and played with 10 players after getting a player sent off.

"But if we think they will play like they did in the last game against Wednesday, we are wrong. We need to think of them as a team fighting for the promotion places.

"They were in the Premier League last season and have experienced players and a very good manager, and this makes it a very difficult game.

"We need to think about the game very hard and keep working the way we have been in our home games."