Woodgate: We will kick on

Jonathan Woodgate is confident Middlesbrough will be involved in the promotion mix next season.

Boro head for play-off-chasing Reading on Tuesday evening knowing their own feint hopes of a top-six finish disappeared with Saturday's home defeat by Millwall.

However, 34-year-old central defender Woodgate is convinced they will be contenders next time around with head coach Aitor Karanka having made an impact.

He told the Northern Echo: "Our aim was to win the last seven games and we have not been able to do that because we lost to Millwall, so we must now try to win our last three games and then go again next season.

"Everyone starts to believe they can do things if we can go on another run and win the next three before we go away for the summer.

"We might not be too far away from where we want to be, but how far away are we? We don't know. I am sure, though, we will go places next season."