Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has told the club’s official website that he is not losing sleep over his side’s Premier League promotion chances.
Boro are currently fourth in the Championship table with 66 points from 36 matches, level on points with leaders Bournemouth but behind on goal difference.
Remarkably, Derby County and Watford in second and third respectively have also picked up 66 points, while Norwich City are just a point behind Middlesbrough in fifth.
Brentford are in the running for automatic promotion to the Premier League, too, and currently find themselves sixth in the standings with 62 points, a point ahead of seventh-placed Ipswich.
It is very tight and is tough to predict which two teams will eventually claim the automatic promotion places, but Clayton is not too worried about it.
The former Leeds United star is taking things one game at a time, which he believes is the best approach.
“For now, we have to think about Ipswich,” the 26-year-old told Middlesbrough’s official website. “You have to take the game individually. You have to think if we can win that game, then try and win the next game.
“If you don’t approach it like that, you’re thinking ‘what if they lose there’ or ‘if they lose there’ and you could easily stay up until 5am doing that! We’ve got to win our own games and kick-on.”
Clayton’s approach is indeed ideal, and that is the way it should be for clubs aiming to finish in the two top of the Championship this season.
Middlesbrough are one of the best teams in the English second tier, but in recent weeks they have not played well and have dropped points they should not have.
Aitor Karanka’s side will face Ipswich, Derby and Bournemouth this month, and they need to be at their best to pick up points against them.