Ian Holloway explains why Middlesbrough should be more like West Ham

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The pundit feels Boro should emulate Leicester and West Ham during home games.

Ian Holloway says Middlesbrough's fans should be positive and will their side on - much like Leicester City and West Ham United, according to his regular columns prediction for Sky Sports.

Indeed, Holloway continues to express his surprise at frustration within the stands at the Riverside Stadium.

And he feels the Boro faithful could learn a thing or two from Leicester and West Ham supporters.

Holloway told Sky ahead of tonight's Championship clash against Wolves: "The home fans have a vital role to play. If I was a Middlesbrough supporter, I'd be delighted with the progress the club is making. They need to get behind their team.

"Patience is needed. Stick with your team. They need you. If you look at the home fans at Leicester and West Ham in midweek - they almost sucked the ball into the net. Middlesbrough need to make the Riverside a terrifying place for opposition players to play."

Holloway has in the past already criticised Boro fans and the home supporters face a tough clash against Wolves on Friday night.

Kenny Jackett's men last week put their struggles to one side to beat Derby County and will be determined to reproduce that kind of result at Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, winger Stewart Downing will know all about the fans at West Ham - but he'll also be able to tell you the Hammers get just as frustrated when their team isn't producing. It's just part of football.

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