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At one point this season, it appeared that Middlesbrough would remain as permanent fixtures in a hotly-contested race for the playoffs.
However, despite 10 points being recorded from their last six matches, Neil Warnock‘s side now sit eight points adrift of sixth-placed Barnsley.
Warnock struggled to contain his frustration after the latest setback at Swansea City, Boro ultimately losing out to a penalty which was scored deep into added-on time.
Having had a week to stew over that result, Warnock will recognise that his players need to go on the attack at the weekend, especially against opponents who sit just two points adrift of them.
While Boro have scored in their last eight Championship fixtures, more is required from their attacking players with Duncan Watmore remaining as the club’s top goalscorer with six goals.