A tough run of fixtures are upcoming – five games in 15 days over the festive period and plenty of points to play for.
Leandro Bacuna, who has been wearing the captain’s armband in recent fixtures under the stewardship of caretaker boss Scott Marshall, is well aware that everyone will need to muck in over the winter months, and that a win against Middlesbrough this weekend could kick-start a fruitful festive run.
“We’ve been positive in training – we’ve been getting the work in to prepare for Saturday,” Bacuna said.
“Scott has been on the front foot. He’s been telling us to get out there and enjoy our football, and do the things that we’re good at. He has given some positivity to the group.
“Middlesbrough have been doing well this season. They lost against Burton on Tuesday, which could knock their confidence a bit, but we know that we just have to go out there at home and get the fans behind us and try and get on a positive run.
“If we can get that started against Middlesbrough, we could make it a good Christmas. Of course we need to look at it game to game, but if we can get started on Saturday would be good for us.
“We have to stick together, we have to put the graft in. That’s the main thing.”