TONY Mowbray will concentrate on the positives rather than dwell on any negatives as Middlesbrough prepare to start a week which could define their season.
Boro face Millwall this evening in a crunch npower Championship clash at the Riverside before hosting Chelsea in the FA Cup and then title favourites Cardiff next Saturday.
But Boro could begin their run of three home matches in eight days outside the top six.
Such a scenario a few weeks ago would have been unthinkable to the club who began 2013 as strong challengers for an automatic promotion spot.
Boro though will fall out of the play-off places, temporarily at least, if Brighton beat Burnley at home this afternoon.
If that match on the south coast goes to form then Mowbray’s side must beat Millwall to regain sixth place from the Seagulls (kick-off 5.20pm).
“If we win then we know we will be in the top six and we must look upwards rather than over our shoulders,” said Mogga, whose team are struggling to regain the form which made them such warm promotion favourites.
“We’ve won our last home game [against Leeds] and got a point in our last away match [at Burnley].
“Let’s see of we can grab this opportunity.
“We are aware of our league position and we are pleased to still be in the top six given the run we’ve had.
“But hopefully we have come out of that run.
“We’ve had a victory and a draw in the last three games – let’s see if we can turn that into two wins and a draw out of four.
“Hopefully we are now entering a sequence of positive results.”
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