Sky Bet Championship promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough must perform better on home soil if they are to return to the English Premier League at the first attempt.
The Teessiders have been frustrated at The Riverside Stadium on too many occasions in recent weeks and the club already find themselves seven points behind the automatic promotion places.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw with struggling Brentford saw Boro twice come back from behind as they failed to pick up maximum points from a home fixture for the third time in four league outings.
Boro have dropped seven points out of the 18 available at home so far this season whilst some alarming defensive frailties have appeared with Garry Monk’s men conceding five goals in their last three matches at The Riverside Stadium.
Despite losing their battle for English Premier League survival last season, Boro’s defensive record was the best in the bottom half of the table and their recent defensive record on home soil will be a concern to manager Monk.
Boro have just the one home fixture in October however that match promises to be a real tough one for The Reds with table toppers Cardiff City scheduled to travel to The Riverside Stadium.
Every club has a blip throughout the season and for Middlesbrough their focus will undoubtedly be upon impressing their supporters on Teesside in the coming weeks which will in turn help their overall league position.