Britt Assombalonga reveals why he won't be feeling the pressure at Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough find themselves at the wrong end of the Championship table – but Britt Assombalonga won’t let the pressure affect him.
After a draw with QPR in their last outing before the international break, Jonathan Woodgate’s side find themselves in the second tier drop zone.
And while he has netted six times already this campaign – including a brace against the R’s – Assombalonga has come in for some criticism from the Boro support after a barren run in front of goal.
But the striker refused to panic when things weren’t going his way in front of goal.
“This has happened before,” he admitted.
“It’s not a one-off thing, it happens for every striker. You just have to keep going.
“Eventually it’s going to click, and then you’ll go on a run of scoring again and everyone will forget about the time when you had a chance and missed.
“I’ve got a good record, and that’s why you can’t dwell on the little droughts. You’ll keep having those droughts through your career, but you know that the storm is going to pass someday.”
So how does he relax away from the training pitch?
For Assombalonga, home life is key.
“I’ve got my family. I’ve got my little girl and my little boy, and when you’re going back home to your family, you just relax.
“You relax and chill, and forget about football.
“You have a normal life as well. You go and live your life.”
Naturally, as if often the case with strikers, missed chances are focused on more than goals.
Assombalonga, however, is hopeful that the narrative will have changed after his brace in London – having kept his head through a tricky spell.
“When you miss a chance, you miss a chance,” he added.
“This week [after QPR], it’s probably all going to be about my goals. It’s just the way it is now. You score and everyone is happy again, that’s just life.
“You just have to keep your head no matter what’s happening.”