MIDDLESBROUGH can upset the odds this weekend by gaining a result at league leaders Queens Park Rangers (kick off 3pm).
But only if they maintain their goalscoring form and arrest their defensive frailties.
Boss Tony Mowbray sounded an envious tone when listing the quality at Harry Redknapp’s disposal but was equally determined to prove that his side can pick up a point or three.
“They’ve got a good balance and a lot of talent in the forward areas and hugely talented players in general,” he commented before reeling off half-a-dozen of Rangers’ main men.
“They will be in confident mood.
“It will be an interesting game to go to QPR and, whilst they’re not free flowing scoring goals, they’re winning just about every game.
“It will be a good test for us.”
Mowbray will set out his side not to be overawed by their opponents and to do something that they’ve struggled thus far – keep their defence watertight.
“We should look forward to a game that we’ve got to give them problems,” he added.
“We’ve got to go there and be positive.
“We’ve got to try and keep that going (scoring goals in every game)
“That gives us some optimism going into the game and believe that we can go and score.
“Obviously the issues and problems at this current moment are at the other end of the pitch in having to keep clean sheets.
“We can’t keep losing the goals we keep on losing at the moment.
“But that’s easier said than done.
“We’ve only had one so that’s something we’ve been trying to work on and focus on.
“If we can improve on that and bring in competition it intensifies the competition on the players and that’s great as well.”
As hinted, Mowbray is on the lookout for new personnel defensively and said that they’ve “had a few nos regarding enquires” this week after making “calls to see what’s available”.
Despite the knock backs, the suspensions to Rhys Williams and Emmanuel Ledesma gives others the opportunity to impress.