Robson not worried by lack of goals
Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson has refused to panic about Middlesbrough’s lack of goals in their last three Championship games.
Tony Mowbray’s men have endured three 0-0 draws in succession, meaning that have failed to score in the league since a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace on the 17th September.
However, Robson – who has three goals himself this season – isn’t concerned by the recent run.
He said: “For me it's not a massive worry. If you get 0-0 draws and are not creating anything [you do worry], but you can see that we are.”
“Against Reading, we could have scored four if you see the clear cut chances we had.”
Middlesbrough are still 2nd in the table of course as they look set to launch their best promotion bid since relegation from the top flight in 2009.
Robson admits that being amongst the favourites for a top two finish over the last couple of years has added a great deal of pressure, but he believes that the squad are better equipped to deal with this now.
He continued: “When I go back to my first game for the club, we were favourites to win the league and people used to play us looking for an upset, but we've learned to cope with that now.”
“We look a lot more solid as a unit, creating a lot more chances and scoring a lot more goals.”
Having said that, Robson and co would love to return to winning ways this weekend when they host Millwall at the Riverside.
Those looking mobile gambling will back the home side for three points, but Millwall can be a dangerous side on their day and Middlesbrough will need to take their chances if they are to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Elsewhere in Middlesbrough news ahead of this weekend, manager Mowbray has welcomed the expectations of the fans with open arms.
There has been lots of hype surrounding the current promotion bid and the former West Brom boss says he ‘wouldn’t have it any other way’.
He said: “We won’t worry about expectation, there’s no extra burden on the team.”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’d rather be trying to build confidence, win games and have the feelgood factor around me.
“We just go to try and win the next game, if we don’t we dust ourselves down and get on with it.
"After 10 games you'd have to say we are satisfied with the points we’ve accumulated, let’s hope we can do a similar thing for the next 10 games and keep pushing on.”
Mowbray will be hoping for three points tomorrow and in the longer term, he would love to still be 2nd in the table after 20 games of the Championship campaign.
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