TONY Mowbray believes that if Middlesbrough can replicate their early-season form over the coming months then they’ll be in the running for promotion to the Premier League.
The Boro have averaged exactly two points per game from their opening 10 matches, enough to see them into second place in the Championship.
And Mowbray reckons that ratio, should it be maintained, would almost certainly leave his side in the hunt for one of the two automatic-promotion berths.
“We have won five, drawn five and lost none – it’s not the worst record in the world,” said the Riverside chief having now seen his men take three goalless draws from as many outings.
“It’s a platform to build on. If you can go through a season not losing too many matches you aren’t going to be too far away.
“At the moment we are averaging two points a game.
“My maths isn’t brilliant, but if it’s 92 points from 46 games you are not going to be too far away, so we shouldn’t be complaining too much.”
Boro haven’t conceded for five matches in succession in the league.
But a failure to put the ball in the back of the net in nearly five hours of football has kept them off the top of the table.
Mowbray, however, says he isn’t concerned about that goal drought.
“I think the bottom line is I would probably say to people who say that we aren’t scoring enough to look at the league table,” he went on.
“I think early on in the season it’s about giving yourself a platform, accumulating points to give yourself a chance to be at the right end of the table, and we are doing that.”
Boro now have a free weekend because of the international matches before resuming their league campaign at home to Millwall a week on Saturday.