MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Adam Clayton is already gunning for Wigan Athletic – even though the Teessiders are not back in action until November 22.
Boro drew 0-0 with Bournemouth at the weekend in a dour battle of two of the Championship’s high-fliers, and Aitor Karanka’s men are determined to get back to winning ways at the first opportunity.
Wigan, who have endured a disappointing campaign so far, host Boro on Saturday week, and Clayton is building up for the match already.
“The gaffer’s training is top notch,” said the former Huddersfield Town man. “Even though there’s no game this will be a good week again.
“We’re preparing for Wigan already. We’ll be ready.”
Though the Bournemouth match was never a thriller, Clayton is loving life at the Riverside, with Boro just one point behind new leaders Derby County.
“The fact we’re not hitting to the top of the league and getting all the headlines right now isn’t a bad thing,” added the 25-year-old. “If we keep just under the radar and do that at the right time that’s important.
“If you hit the top too early you’re there to be shot at and there’s only one way to go.
“We’re sitting in a nice position and we’ve lost just one in 12 so I’m pretty happy with the way things are.”
Reflecting on the Bournemouth clash, Clayton told mfc.co.uk: “It was a difficult game, but one I thoroughly enjoyed.
“That’s why I came to Middlesbrough, to play in top-of-the-table games. As it happens, we cancelled each other out.
“We both had chances to win the game, they’re where they are in the table for a reason, but so are we. I thoroughly enjoyed the battle against some good players and our fans were brilliant again, they really played their part.”
H Sammy Reid, the man whose famous goal for Berwick Rangers knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup in 1967, died at his home at the weekend, aged 75.
Reid was Bill Shankly’s first ever signing as manager of Liverpool, arriving from Motherwell in February, 1960. However, after failing to make the breakthrough at Anfield the winger left and later wrote his name into football folklore with his winning goal in Berwick’s 1-0 triumph over the Glasgow giants at Shielfield Park in what remains arguably the biggest upset in Scottish football.