Aitor Karanka believes Boro are better suited to playing more games than working tactically on the training ground with the season entering its final stretch next month.

Last week's friendly with Sunderland was the last game before a few days away from the training ground for the players ahead of the international break taking over.

Boro came out on top of the game, with goals from Kike Sola and Jordan Rhodes proving the difference in the 2-1 win and Karanka says it's now about his team pulling together to get over the line.

"The break was good and that's why we decided to play Sunderland beforehand," said the Head Coach. 

"It's better to feel that you're playing another game rather than just being on the training ground. 

"I don't think we're going to improve our tactics a whole lot now because we're approaching the end. 

"So we're just adding more sessions, being together and just keeping going."

League football re-commences when Boro travel for a televised clash at Loftus Road against QPR on Friday (7.45pm).

And with the countdown now well and truly on, Karanka is wary of Boro's remaining opponents looking to end on a high, but is confident in his side's position in the Sky Bet Championship.

"QPR is an important game again because we have eight games in April and every game is going to be massive," he said. 

"You know that most of the teams we play are playing for something and so are we, especially. 

"After our win against Hull we're in a really good position again and the lads are really excited with for future so I'm looking forward to the game."