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Folarin Balogun issues six-word rallying cry amid Middlesbrough struggles



On-loan Middlesbrough striker Folarin Balogun has insisted his side will not give up in the race for a Championship play-off place.

Balogun joined ‘Boro on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season back in the January transfer window, and has found himself in and out of the side for Chris Wilder’s team.

The young striker has so far made 16 league appearances for ‘Boro, scoring three goals and providing two assists in that time.

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However, Balogun’s latest appearance came only as 61st minute substitute in Middlesbrough’s 2-0 defeat at home to Huddersfield on Monday afternoon.

That result means that ‘Boro have now taken just one point from their last four games, a run that has left them ninth in the Championship table, three points adrift of the top six spots with four games to play.

But despite that challenging position that Middlesbrough find themselves in, it seems Balogun is adamant he and his teammates will not be throwing the towel in just yet.

Taking to Instagram to respond to that recent dip in form at a crucial stage of the season, the 20-year-old simply wrote: “We keep pushing until the end”.

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The Verdict

You do feel as though there is still reason for Balogun and Middlesbrough to be confident going forward.

When you look at ‘Boro’s remaining fixtures, they are against teams with very little left to play for in Swansea, Cardiff, Stoke and Preston, which could turn them into winnable matches, given Wilder’s side need victory more.

It is also worth noting that ‘Boro are far from the only team to have slipped up in this play-off race in recent weeks, so there are likely for them to be opportunities for them to take advantage of results elsewhere to haul themselves back into the top six.

As a result. Balogun and his teammates can not afford to let their heads drop now, when there is still so much to play for in the final weeks of the season.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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