Caretaker boss Scott Marshall is getting the team geared up for Middlesbrough this weekend – we take on Tony Pulis’ promotion-chasing Boro side at 3pm this Saturday.
The galling feeling of letting a lead slip in the final minute at Rotherham was gut-wrenching, but brief. The team have put it behind them quickly and put full concentration on the next challenge ahead.
For Marshall, who will be taking charge of his third game as caretaker, he has been trying to instil a confidence factor to bring the best out of the talents at his disposal.
“It was one corner too many in the end at Rotherham,” Marshall reflected. “But there were so many positives that came out of the game. We created some really good chances – so the reflection was brief and positive.
“But that feels like a distant memory! You move on quite quickly and we’re focused on Middlesbrough ahead.
“I’m enjoying getting to know the group and spending time with them. It’s really good to get to know some good characters and good personalities.
“I’m happy with training and how things have been going. We’re giving them as much as encouragement as we can for them to go and show what they can do, and show what good players they are.”
Boro’s defeat to Burton Albion on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup was their fifth game without a win… but that isn’t something that Marshall is too caught up on.
They’re still up in the promotion mix and plenty capable of getting a result – so all of the preparation has to be right!
“I don’t look too much at the other team’s run of results,” he continued.
“We want to approach each game with the respect it deserves and really to focus on all the focus that a good Middlesbrough team will pose to us, and an experienced manager with lots of games under his belt.
“Anything other than respect would be foolish on our part so we’re focused and doing the best we can.
“There are some good players in their team – really established professionals. We’re fully expecting a tough game at the weekend.”