Middlesbrough warned to be on their toes against Scunthorpe United

GOALKEEPING coach Stephen Pears insists Middlesbrough must be on their toes for tomorrow night’s vital bottom-of-the-table clash with Scunthorpe United.

Boro can take another step towards Championship safety with three points against the Iron at the Riverside.

Tony Mowbray’s side are unbeaten in five matches in the league and come up against Scunthorpe who have only won seven times this season.

But six of those seven have come away from Glanford Park and only high-flying Cardiff, Norwich and Watford have won as many times on the road.

“Their home performances haven’t been as good this season,” said Pears.

“But they have had some good wins away so we’ll have to be on our toes.

“No games are easy in this league – it doesn’t matter who you are playing or where.

“All matches are tough, we’ve just got to make sure we put in a performance that gets us three points.”

Pears believes Mowbray, assistant boss Mark Venus and coach Mark Proctor have lifted the mood in the Boro camp.

The former Pools keeper highlighted Hartlepool-born Andrew Taylor as someone who is flourishing in the side.

“Andrew has come back [from a loan spell at Watford] and shown a lot of confidence,” Pears told BBC Sport.

“We all know he’s a good footballer but now he looks a different lad altogether.”