MIDDLESBROUGH will not stop trying until the end of the season.
Boro’s recent defeat to QPR ended any outside hopes of reaching the play-offs but Nathaniel Chalobah says they will not be taking it easy over the last six games.
Aitor Karanka’s team take on Birmingham City at the Riverside tonight looking for their third win on the spin (kick-off 7.45pm).
Chalobah scored the winner against high-fliers Derby County on Saturday, following on from a 2-0 victory at another promotion-chasing side, Brighton.
And the on-loan Chelsea prospect said: “As far as we are concerned we are playing for pride, playing for the club, playing for ourselves, and playing for all the people who turn up every week to watch us.
“So we can go into the last six games with a lot of confidence and plenty to play for.
“It’s important we finish in a strong position because that leads on into next season.”
Chalobah added: “It’s easy to say there is nothing to play for at this stage and we’re just seeing out the season.
“But that’s not how we see it.
“For the players, the backroom staff, all the people who work for the club it is far more than that.”
Middlesbrough go into the game in 13th, just one place and one point from the top half of the table.
Lee Clark’s Birmingham, however, are looking for a point, or three, to move closer to Champinship safety. The Blues are on 43 points, seven above the drop zone.
Karanka hopes Dimi Kostantopoulos and Emanuel Ledesma shake off knocks to take their place in the starting XI tonight.