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VFTTE: Boro Fan On Karanka, Promotion & Travel Tips For Reading FC Fans

Can Reading put a dent in Middlesbrough's promotion hopes or will tonight's trip to the Riverside be another sorry stop on our midtable mediocrity tour? Here's the Boro view on tonight's shenanigans.

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This week's View From The Town End comes from Middlesbrough fan Chris who runs the @BoroYouths twitter account.

How would you sum up Middlesbrough's season so far?

Nervous? Stressful? Sublime? Edge of the seat roller coaster kinda stuff!

Nothing is ever so simple at Middlesbrough, we don't do things by the book so to say. From a very healthy position we seemed to hit the barrier at the end of January start of Feb, three points from a possible 15, then we had March madness! Losses to Blackburn, then Rotherham put us on our back foot AGAIN only for the manager to walk out! Carlton with no boss and we get beat on TV! Managers going, hes returning, hes popped out for a haircut? God only knows whats gone on! to to end the month we beat Hull who were our rivals for 3rd place at the time? Truly madness!

Since then its settled down again, April so far has seen three back to back victories! And all is rosy in the camp again, but we have it in our own Teflon coated hands so who knows whats next! One point behind top with a game in hand but them to play, four points over third with them to can all change so quickly

Last time we spoke you were confident of that top two finish, are you still as confident with just six games to go?

Erm...yes! As above its in our hands. Top two is realistic. Hell champions is realistic but we will see.

How's the relationship between Aitor Karanka and the fans after last month's in/out saga?

Before Charlton when he walked it was a bit mixed, there are always a group of fans at every club who are doom and gloom but the majority were still pro Karanka when he walked. He has returned and its all happy families again. Karanka's name is sung every week, home and away, his goal keeping coach Leo Percovich who Karanka brought in is also adored by the Boro fans! He is the big looney who was at Charlton with AK's (Aitor Karanka) training top on banging his chest and beating the Karanka drum. (and was the coach who tried to put the ball up his top and run away on Saturday vs Preston much to David Kelly's dislike!)

Who should Reading fans be worried about tomorrow?

the man of the moment is Gaston Ramirez, on loan from Southampton and out of contract at the end of the season. He glides around the pitch behind the striker and generally is a class above the majority of the league. Great from freekicks, chipped in with some goals since his loan started and in a good run of form except against Preston where he was crowded out of the game and brought off early.

Jordan Rhodes hasn't shown what he supposedly is able to do and that's score regularly! and Albert Adomah is another player in a good bit of form, he scored vs Preston and has been creative when playing on the right and teaming up with Nsue.

Any Reading player that's impressed you?

Didn't I big up Blackman last time? He then scored against us then you later sold him?

Matej Vydra normally does well against us, and Hal Robson-Kanu is a good player if he recovers in time to feature.

Score prediction?

2-0 Boro, Ayala has returned the rocks are together at the back (Ayala and Gibson) and Clayton is just a monster right now mopping up everything the battling beard is the player of the season here!

Finally, any advice for any Reading fan brave enough to make the trip?

Im not sure they allow in away fans but if they do there is a new pub a few minutes away from the riverside called the six medals park up early have a pint then go get a parmo in a bun from the Riverside. If you're down early and making a day of it, then google roseberry topping, some great views from there, or go to the sea front in Redcar and get a lemon top ice cream! The pier at Saltburns nice also all within 20 minutes drive of the ground!

Wrap up, the ground is on the river its never warm in the North!

Safe travelling Reading fans.