Clayton - Boro must change their 'mentality'
Midfielder Adam Clayton feels Middlesbrough need a change in 'mentality' if they are to get their promotion push back on track.
Boro looked shoe-ins for a top-six finish a month ago, but a run of four straight defeats has seen them slip out of the play-off positions and they will head into Tuesday's home clash with Bristol City sitting eighth in the standings.
Clayton acknowledges things have not been going well for Tony Pulis' side over recent weeks, but he feels a change in mentality, particularly in the final third, could enable them to start moving in the right direction once again.
"We're out the play-offs now so we need a different mentality," Clayton told Teesside Live. "It might take a bit of the pressure off now that we're chasing.
"But we know what we need to do. We know what it takes. We need to keep working hard and get the ball in the net when we're having our dominant spells."
The 30-year-old, who was part of the Middlesbrough team that was promoted to the Premier League in 2016, remains confident that Boro can still secure a play-off berth and he feels a win against Bristol City could prove the perfect tonic.
"There's eight left and we'll try and win every game. It is still in our hands," the midfielder added. "We go again against Bristol City and we know one win can change everything."
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.