On-loan Chelsea star Patrick Bamford urges caution at Middlesbrough

CAUTIOUS ... Bamford.
CAUTIOUS ... Bamford.

GOAL hero Patrick Bamford today urged caution at Middlesbrough – despite Boro being on a high after going second in the Sky Bet Championship.

The on-loan Chelsea striker scored a superb fifth-minute opener to set Aitor Karanka’s team on the way to a 4-0 rout of fellow high-flers Norwich City.

Last night’s Riverside rout has set up a second against first battle when leaders Bournemouth came to Teesside on Saturday.

“We’re happy because we are winning games,” Bamford said. “But it’s still only November, I don’t think we can get carried away.

“We will enjoy it and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Bamford’s early goal gave Boro the perfect start last night and while Grant Leadbitter doubled the lead from the spot, Boro knew they had to improve for the second half.

And they did just, that, adding two more goals through Leadbitter’s second with lightning-quick sub Yanic Wildschut completing the romp.

“We weren’t playing very well,” admitted Bamford. “We talked about that at half-time, yet we were 2-0 up.

“It was surprising, but it was good for the team to go in two ahead.

“The gaffer said we had to go out and start [the second half] as if it was 0-0.

“We then played much better. It was a great win.

“Norwich are obviously a good team.

“They moved the ball about nicely but I thought we dealt with it very well.”

Boro’s strength was again evident and back-to-back clean sheets means they have the best defensive record in the Championship.

And they are pretty good moving forward as well, with seven goals in the last two games, Bamford netting in both.

“I am loving it,” he told BBC Tees. “Obviously it’s nice scoring but the important thing at the minute is helping the team win and I’m delighted I’ve done that.”

“Everyone wants to start every game but with our squad it’d difficult, you have to be patient.

“I had to be patient at the start but I’m enjoying a run of games at the minute.”