Middlesbrough star’s challenge ahead of west Ham clash

Boro's Tony McMahon
Boro's Tony McMahon

TONY McMahon is challenging his team-mates to win five out of the remaining 10 games to cement Middlesbrough’s play-off place.

Boro are in the capital tonight to take on a West Ham side that has struggled of late and dropped out of the automatic promotion places.

The Teessiders have also had a poor run and are clinging on to the top six by just a point after a demoralising defeat at Birmingham City on Saturday.

Tonight will be the second time Boro will have been on TV in the space of a few weeks, with the other being the disappointing defeat to Leeds United.

That was followed up at the weekend by a 3-0 drubbing by another promotion rival in Birmingham City, which saw the midlanders leapfrog Boro in the league.

McMahon said there were “words” in the away changing room on Saturday, but is sure none of the players will be dwelling on the back-to-back defeats.

Birmingham was the first time the Teessiders had lost away from the Riverside in nine games and the right-back is hoping they can rediscover that form tonight.

“We have been really good away from home,” said the 24-year-old who was recalled to play in a back three against the Blues.

“Birmingham was perhaps the worst we have been. We go to West Ham and we know we can get a result.

“I would be lying if I said we didn’t look at the league , because we all do. We are right in the mix and will stick together and have a right good go.

“It’s that tight at the minute we have to get back to winning ways and if we look after ourselves the table will take care of itself.

“If we go on a little run and get four or five wins out of 10 we will be right up there.”

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