JONATHAN Woodgate believes that consistency will be the key to Middlesbrough’s quest for promotion to the Premier League.
Boro made it back-to-back away wins following their 1-0 success at Brighton & Hove Albion at the weekend and tonight they entertain Hull City, level on points with them in the Championship.
The last two league outings at the Riverside has seen the Teessiders pick up just one point, compared to nine from nine on their travels.
And Woodgate insists it is the team who can marry home form to away which will triumph in the race for a promotion berth.
“I keep on banging on about consistency,” he said, with Boro currently seventh in the second tier.
“The team who are consistent will go up.
“Just recently Birmingham won at Brighton not long after losing 5-0 at home to Barnsley.
“I don’t understand it, but if we’re consistent we’ll go up.”
Tonight’s game (kick off 7.45pm) is followed by the visit of Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, a home double-header Woodgate is desperate to feature in.
“I felt a bit stiff and got cramp at the weekend, but that’s nothing new,” he laughed.
“These are two big games and I want to be a part of them.”
And Woodgate is in confident mood given his man-of-the-match display at the Amex Stadium.
“It was one of those games where you are constantly thinking,” he said, Marvin Emnes’ first-half strike having proved the difference against The Seagulls.
“It wasn’t easy, but its great getting a 1-0 win away from home.
“They are a decent side, if they had won they would have gone a few points clear of us, it was vital we got the three points but I thought we deserved to win.
“They had a lot of possession, but I never thought they were going to get level with us.
“I fancied us in the dressing room before the game, there was a good feeling.
“We were resolute and it was an excellent team performance.
“Just look at what Scott McDonald was doing in an unfamiliar position.
“It was an outstanding team performance, all were first class.”