Middlesbrough were narrowly beaten by Tottenham Hotspur in their FA Cup third round replay on Tuesday evening.
Boro fell behind early on after a mistake from goalkeeper Tomas Mejias, which Giovani lo Celso pounced on to open the scoring for the hosts. That lead was then doubled after 15 minutes as Erik Lamela fired home.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side halved that deficit though as George Saville scored seven minutes from time to make the Spurs fans face a nervous wait for the full-time whistle.
There were plenty of positives to take for the Middlesbrough boss though, and he’ll be hoping his side can get back to winning ways this weekend.
Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton took to Instagram following the defeat to Jose Mourinho’s side, and praised his team-mates for their efforts in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
Clayton played the full 90 minutes in the game against Spurs, and will be hoping to be involved when Boro return to action on Friday.
Woodgate’s side are currently sat 16th in the Championship and have shown real improvement in recent weeks to pull clear of the relegation zone.
Boro are only eight points adrift of the play-off places as well after this impressive run of form, and they’ll fancy their chances of extending that unbeaten run in the league this weekend.
They take on promotion-chasing Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday evening, as they look to return to winning ways after this defeat to Spurs.
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They were desperately unlucky on Tuesday.
Middlesbrough gave a really good account of themselves on the whole against Spurs, and it shows how far they have come in a relatively short space of time under Jonathan Woodgate.
If they can build on these recent showings, then they’ll soon find themselves challenging for a somewhat surprising top-six finish in the Championship.