Andy Hinchcliffe believes Middlesbrough are in danger of being relegated if manager Jonathan Woodgate can’t turn around the club’s poor run of form.
Boro’s 2-2 draw against QPR last weekend means they have now gone nine games without a win, leading to the Teessiders slipping to third from bottom in the Championship, and the Sky Sports pundit feels they need to tighten things up at the back:
“Eventually you do need to change the way you play to become harder to beat. There has been signs of that, Jonathan has admitted that.”
“All coaches want to play great football but if you want to get results there’s enough quality in this league to pick you off. That change is starting to kick in at Middlesbrough, it’s vital that it does and that it works.”
“If they’re not careful Middlesbrough could be in a relegation battle. Dropping down to League One is not what the Championship or Jonathan was expecting.”
While conceding is a problem for Middlesbrough, the major issue has been scoring goals. Boro have managed just 13 in 16 league games this season.
Britt Assombalonga’s brace against QPR was certainly a step in the right direction, but considering Mark Warburton’s side have the joint second-worst defence in the division, it is not too much to write home about.
Woodgate will be hoping that they can continue their improvement in front of goal when they face Hull City at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday week.