ADAM Reach says that Middlesbrough’s dramatic penalty shoot-out loss to Liverpool in midweek can galvanise a promotion push.
Reach was one of the scorers at Anfield as Boro fought back twice to take the Capital One Cup third round tie to penalties which finished a scarcely-believable 14-13 to the hosts.
Advancement in the cup may have been precluded, but advancement in the league – helped by drawing on Tuesday night’s performance – is very much alive.
Boro go to Charlton Atheltic tomorrow (kick off 3pm) where three points would make it four successive Championship wins and potentially move them into the promotion places.
Reach said: “We’ve got Charlton and then a tough couple of games but every game is difficult.
“We can take confidence (from the Liverpool game) knowing we can challenge against the best Premier League sides.
“We can be confident when playing Championship teams now.
“We have to keep our feet on the ground but we can take positives from it and it will bring confidence to the team.”
The winger hopes that his equalising goal to make it 1-1 does not take permanent residency in his career highlights.
Rather he is hoping that finding the nets at grounds of similar stature and importance becomes more common.
Speaking to BBC Tees he added: “Our ultimate aim is to get promotion to the Premier League and play teams like this on a weekly basis.
“It was a good test which I think we passed.
“Hopefully next season I can come to places like this and get more goals.”
On his goal, he commented: “That was fantastic. It will stay with me for ever.
“It was my first goal of the season – it’s not a place bad to get it!”