Striker Braithwaite focused on Boro-Cardiff crunch after goals in successive games

Boro's Cyrus Christie (left) tracks Harvey Barnes at Barnsley last weekend.
Boro's Cyrus Christie (left) tracks Harvey Barnes at Barnsley last weekend.

Striker Martin Braithwaite is focusing only on Saturday’s home Championship clash with high-flying Cardiff City – despite scoring in successive games for Middlesbrough.

Boro are enduring a faltering run of results – no wins in the last four matches – and Garry Monk’s side are 11th in the table after 12 games.

Danish forward Braithwaite, fit again after injury, has scored in successive 2-2 draws against Brentford and Barnsley, but admits that he was not entirely happy with the share of the spoils at Oakwell.

“It was a frustrating game,” the 26-year-old told mfc.co.uk.

“It was a game we had to win so I felt a bit frustrated after, but now I’m looking forward to the next one.

“I’m not thinking too much about it now, I just want to win the next one and that’s all that’s on my mind.”

Braithwaite made an impact in his first Boro game, in the defeat at Wolves, on the opening day of the season.

But injury sidelined him until the home loss to Norwich on September 26.

Nevertheless, he is looking upwards. “Of course it’s been difficult but I like to think of myself as a positive guy and it was meant to be,” added the summer capture from French club Toulouse.

“I had to go out and work with the medical team. I set myself a goal of coming back better after my injury, and I feel I’ve done that so far.

“Personally, I feel in good shape.”