Neil Warnock has admitted that a top four finish is out of the question with Middlesbrough competing with four other teams for fifth and sixth spot in the league.
The Teessiders are among the chasing pack for a spot in the Championship’s top six after a decent campaign in the second tier.
Results since the turn of the year have been a little bit inconsistent though, meaning that Warnock’s side are now outsiders for a play-off spot.
With the season moving into the home straight Middlesbrough have plenty of work to do if the season isn’t going to fizzle out, but as far as Warnock is concerned, there’s no pressure on his side to reach the top six.
As quoted by Teesside Live, Warnock said: “I think if you look at the top four, I don’t think they’re catchable.
“I don’t think they’ll lose enough points to catch them with the games we’ve got.
“But the other two positions, there’s ourselves, Reading, Bournemouth, Cardiff and Barnsley who are going to be fighting over them.
“Barnsley at the moment look to be absolutely flying.
“We’ve got it all to do because we’ve got to win so many more games than them.
“But it won’t be for the lack of trying. There’s no pressure on us really, and we know we’ve got some good players, we just need things to go our way.
“In football, you just never know.”
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It’s certainly going to be an interesting few weeks for Middlesbrough.
The play-off race is really starting to heat up and the Teessiders are certainly a big part of the race.
Neil Warnock’s side are outsiders but as we’ve learned over the years, you can never discount a Warnock team and that’s likely to be the case again this term.