, ‘Got to keep believing’ – Michael Carrick delivers verdict on Middlesbrough’s play-off bid

‘Got to keep believing’ – Michael Carrick delivers verdict on Middlesbrough’s play-off bid

Middlesbrough head coach Michael Carrick has insisted although ‘it is not going to be easy’, his side still stand a chance of getting into the play-offs this season.

Middlesbrough have had a very topsy-turvy season so far. Wins against top sides and defeats against those fighting relegation has been a worrying pattern for Carrick’s team. A pattern that has seen them slip further out of contention for the play-offs.

After winning just two of their last eight games, Boro have slipped to 13th in the table. They are now closer to the Championship relegation zone than they are to the top six.

But as has been the case for years, a number of consecutive wins can catapult any side up the standings and the Teessiders will be hoping they can put a run together.

Speaking to The Northern Echo, Carrick was asked about what he thought of his side’s chances of making the top six come the end of the season, after the 2-0 loss at home to Plymouth Argyle last weekend.

“Obviously it’s tougher than it was before Saturday’s match,” he admitted.

“But that doesn’t change how we do things and how we approach each game. Anything can happen so we’ve certainly got to keep believing and keep trying to do the right things.

“It’s not going to be easy, but for sure we’re looking forward to it. There is always something to play for, right until the very end.”

The top six looks unachievable now

The Middlesbrough boss has to keep hopes alive and although mathematically possible, the chances of getting into the play-offs now looks to be unachievable for Carrick’s side.

Their inconsistency and injuries have cost them dearly this season. Whilst they haven’t replaced the outgoing players from the summer with similar quality. The likes of Chuba Akpom, Cameron Archer and Ryan Giles were big players for them and their goal contributions haven’t been matched by the new additions.

As Carrick states, they will keep going, but with 11 points between themselves and 6th placed Hull City, they will need to be winning the majority of their games between now and the end of the season to stand any chance, and based on their form it doesn’t look likely.

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