Why Middlesbrough need to remain focussed
There is no doubt that Middlesbrough's last gasp victory over Reading on Tuesday night was a massive result and as such the optimism of a successful season is quickly turning into reality as we edge closer to the ultimate prize.
The reaction to the victory after such a dedicated and passionate performance can only be compared to our UEFA cup exploits exactly 10 years ago and as such the feeling of euphoria has transmitted over Teesside to push the dramas of 1 month ago away at Charlton firmly to the back of our minds.
However the fact remains that despite how strong a position we are in at this point, we are not over the line just yet. We find ourselves within 12 points of securing promotion but as we know anything can happen in the Championship- and with the games coming thick and fast the situation can change extremely quickly if complacency becomes an issue and our standards dip.
Saturdays game with Bolton is the perfect example of what we need to achieve. We have struggled somewhat this season in fixtures against relegation threatened teams with the “expectation” of picking up a victory proving too much and in some cases the label of “overwhelming favourites” breeding complacency, however this is not an option. With Bolton already relegated and with nothing to play for this could be an extremely tricky fixture. With the weight of expectation off the Trotters now this is likely to give them a fearless approach at the Macron and with this in mind Middlesbrough need to ensure 100% focus whilst performing with every ounce of the passion which we saw on Tuesday night at the Riverside.
With 15 points still up for grabs and a 4 point buffer on 3rd placed Brighton it is imperative we do not let our guard down and keep going with the same intent and purpose, after all 3 points on Saturday will be a huge step in maintaining the points difference on 3rd place with some very tricky fixtures left to play in the coming weeks.