Misfiring Boro backed by Warnock
New Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has said that he has faith in his forwards and expects them to fire the club to Championship safety despite an abysmal goal return this season.
With just 39 goals from 39 league games this season, Boro are easily the lowest scorers in the division and are sitting precariously just above a congested relegation zone.
The Teessiders did give themselves a boost when they won their first game under veteran Warnock, beating Stoke 2-0, and now face a trip to a Hull City side who are are winless in 13 Championship matches.
Boro are two places and two points ahead of the Tigers in the table and a win at the KCOM would do much to ease nerves on Teesside.
And despite the lack of goals, Warnock is confident that strikers Britt Assombalonga, Ashley Fletcher and Patrick Roberts have what it takes to get Boro out of trouble.
The front three impressed against Stoke, with Fletcher bagging the opening goal, and Warnock is expected to stick with them at Hull.
"When you look at our squad, there’s an awful lot of talent up front, but I’ve said to them, I don’t look at the goals-for column and think it’s very good, if I’m honest," said the Boro boss.
"To say that there are players there that I rate, I don’t think the return this season has been all that impressive.
"So I’ve told the front three, I think there should be more goals. I think those three can keep us up if they all function between now and the end of the season. The talent is definitely there. But they have to do it."
Middlesbrough are 2.37 to win at Hull, with the Tigers 3.10 and the draw 3.30.
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