Middlesbrough winger Stewart Downing wants Capital One Cup defeat to act as promotion motivation

Despite the defeat to Everton, Downing believes that his teammates need to remember the atmosphere at the Riverside Stadium.

Despite being knocked out of the Capital One Cup, Stewart Downing has urged his Middlesbrough teammates to remember the atmosphere at the Riverside Stadium during the defeat to Everton, as it should inspire the club towards the Premier League, the Yorkshire Post reports.

While the majority of the 31,628 in attendance left the quarter-final clash with the Toffees disappointed, Downing noted that the buzz around the ground evoked memories of his first spell at the club, and should help the side in the congested promotion race, and subsequently propel them across the line. 

"It was like the old days. It was fantastic," he said.

"A full house and a great atmosphere in a game against a very good team - that should give the lads a great incentive to get promoted, so the Riverside can be like that every week again.

"It was like the old days for me and the rest of the lads who maybe haven't seen it like that too often were delighted with it," he added.

Aitor Karanka's men are in a commanding position going into the hectic Christmas period. Boro sit second in the Championship, having won four of their last five games in the league. 

Despite the good form, the club remain in a precarious position, with just four points separating the top five in the table. And with their next four games seeing them go up against sides all inside the top seven, Downing will be hoping that more bumper crowds turn up over the coming weeks to inspire the team to kick on, and ensure that they get back to the Premier League.

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