Aitor Karanka is hoping Wednesday night's cup exit at Craven Cottage will work as a catalyst for his side to bounce back against West Brom this weekend.

Fulham fought back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 after extra time in the EFL Cup, condemning Boro to a first defeat since March.

Focus turns back to the Premier League this weekend, though, when Karanka's side head to the Hawthorns to face Tony Pulis' Baggies and the Boro Head Coach is looking for a positive response.

"I said after the game against Sunderland that I was really pleased and confident with the team and now we have to recover as soon as possible," said Karanka. "Not just the legs, also our heads. 

"We have to go to West Brom knowing that it's a really important game and the past is the past. We need to try and win the game again. 

"I hope it can be the opposite [of Fulham] and that this result will have an impact on Sunday and that we'll go to the pitch in the same way that we did against Stoke or Sunderland."