Albert Adomah hopes Middlesbrough can “follow on” from their Capital One Cup romp at Oldham by picking up their first Sky Bet Championship win of the season tomorrow.
Boro take on Bolton Wanderers at the Riverside tomorrow in their opening home match of the programme (kick-off 3pm).
Expectation is there because we did well last seasonALBERT ADOMAH
It is the third leg of a Lancashire triple for Aitor Karanka’s side after a draw at Preston last Sunday and a 3-1 mid-week success at Oldham.
Adomah skippered a much-changed Boro at Boundary Park, where two goals by new striker Christian Stuani took the side to victory after Yanic Wildschut had raced through to score in the first half.
“Last season we did well in the cup and happened to play Oldham, so hopefully we can follow on from that this season,” said Adomah.
“Hopefully we can go even further this year and take the win into the weekend’s game.
“It was shame we didn’t win at Preston, but that’s the past. We scored three at Oldham so hopefully we can score more.”
Boro were the nearly team in the Championship last season, finishing just four points outside the automatic promotion places and then losing the play-off final to Norwich at Wembley, a side they had done the double over during the regular programme.
Adomah hopes Boro can carry on from last season’s incredible Riverside form.
Aitor Karanka’s team had the best home form in the Championship, picking up 50 points out of a possible 66, conceding only 12 goals along the way.
“Expectation is there because we did well last season,” said the winger.
“Hopefully this season we could go one step further.
“But it’s still early to talk about that and we have to take it game by game.”
Adomah said he was honoured to captain Boro in mid-week, leading the side in the absence of the rested Grant Leadbitter.
It was the first time the winger had led the side other than for a five-minute spell against Barnsley in pre-season!
“It was a great privilege to captain Boro – I never pictured it,” he said.
“Before the meeting, the manager said I would be captain, and obviously the vice-captain wasn’t on the pitch.
“It was great. It means something and it shows respect from the manager, so I appreciate it.
“It was my first time as captain and we won!
“Well, actually, I was captain at Barnsley for five minutes so it’s two wins in two as captain!”
Boro and Bolton were both involved in the only goalless draws on the opening weekend of the Sky Bet Championship.
Karanka’s side ended 0-0 with newly-promoted Preston North End while the Trotters finished all square with Derby County.
The Boro head coach will restore Dimi Konstantopoulos, Tomas Kalas, Dael Fry, George Friend, Leadbitter, Stewart Downing, Adam Reach and Kike to the starting XI after leaving them out at Oldham.
Boro have been drawn away to Burton Albion in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
It is a tricky test for Boro at the League One new boys, who won 1-0 at Bolton in the first round in mid-week.
The Brewers are managed by former Boro striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who took the club to promotion last season.
Boro, who reached the third round last season before losing an epic penalty shoot-out at Liverpool, will start as favourites at the Pirelli Stadium.