Middlesbrough must stay consistent, says David Nugent after sinking Leeds

David Nugent
David Nugent

David Nugent has experienced promotion to the Premier League from the Championship - so Middlesbrough best listen to his advice, writes Chris Bell.

The striker was part of the succesful Leicester side who stormed to the title two seasons ago, the one-timed capped England man scoring 22 goals that season.

Away from home is where you stay in the top two.

The 30-year-old understands the difficulty of the task Aitor Karanka’s side are faced with, but seven successive wins in all competitions is leaving Teesside optimistic about an end to a seven-year top-flight hiatus.

And Nugent knows the formula: “You’ve got to be consistent,” he said following Sunday’s 3-0 win at home to Leeds United, in which he scored the opener.

“Away from home is where you stay in the top two. If you can pick up a point or three away from home and win your home games you’re guaranteed to go up.

“We’ve won seven on the bounce but there’s no point getting carried away. It only takes one game to slip up.

“Hopefully we can keep this run going. It’s going to come to an end one day but we’re enjoying it and are confident. We’re not playing our best games but we’re winning games.”

Boro face Reading at the Madejski Stadium this Saturday, the Royals five points behind Karanka’s side in third - already a huge difference with just nine games played.

“There’s no better place to go this weekend,” said Nugent in an interview with BBC Tees. “Hopefully we can make it eight wins out of eight.”

The 2008 FA Cup winner with Portsmouth has his own weapon which he hopes to put to fruitful consequences against Reading and the rest of the division’s teams.

That attribute is his work ethic and his willingness to chase: “I’ll always work in the games where I’m not playing well or having my best games,” he added.

“I feel that I have to work to get my presence felt. I try hard to get in the channels.”