Jonny Howson praises Middlesbrough’s defensive record

Middlesbrough take on Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Ahead of the clash, Jonny Howson has been praising Middlesbrough’s sublime defensive record.

‘I think the defensive record, and how solid to break down we are and hard to beat, is a terrific strength of ours’

Howson told The Evening Gazette:

“When things are going well for the team, it seems to be going well for every individual in it.

“That’s just part and parcel of football, the highs and lows. For me personally, I’ve always been a believer in, ‘Give it everything you’ve got’.

“If you’ve done that, you can’t ask for any more. It’s part and parcel of football that you’ll go up and down with your form and your performances.

“If you’re playing, you’ve got to keep on your toes because someone’s trying to get your place. And if you’re not in the side you’ve got to keep sharp and fit for when you may be called on. It’s healthy competition.

“We’ve got a terrific bond in the group, there’s no bad lads, and we’re all in it for the benefit of the side.

“I think the defensive record, and how solid to break down we are and hard to beat, is a terrific strength of ours.

“When you’ve got that confidence and you can go games without conceding goals, then we know that with the quality we’ve got at the top end of the pitch, we’re always going to get chances.

“If we can take them, and keep this defensive record going, then we’ll give ourselves a great chance.”

DERBY, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Middlesbrough at iPro Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Middlesbrough’s defensive record

Before Saturday’s game with Forest, Middlesbrough have played 11 Championship games this season.

In those 11 games, Boro have let in just four goals.

A simply outstanding record that any side would be proud of, the next closest in the league being Swansea City who have conceded six.

However, despite the great defence, Boro are lacking goals up front.

They have scored 14 in 11, which is simply not enough if they want to win automatic promotion this season.

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