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Middlesbrough midfielder believes this is the reason his team is improving

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton celebrates at full time

Middlesbrough drew 2-2 with Leicester City on Saturday in a tight, tense game.

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has expressed his satisfaction at how the Teessiders have approached this season, citing their new confidence as one of the main reasons for their upturn in form lately.

The 27-year-old was speaking to Boro’s official club website in the wake of their 2-2 draw with champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium a game in which the visitors almost came away with all three points.

Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki in action with Middlesbrough's Adam ClaytonLeicester City's Shinji Okazaki in action with Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton

Boro twice took the lead through Alvaro Negredo, who broke his scoring duck, but penalties from Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani were enough to earn a share of the spoils for the struggling Premier League title holders.

Middlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring their second goalMiddlesbrough's Alvaro Negredo celebrates scoring their second goal

However, Clayton believes that, despite late heartbreak against the Foxes, this was their most assured display of the season for a team continuously growing in confidence.

He told the official Boro website: “I think it was our most confident performance so far.

“We’d played well in patches in other games, but after Arsenal and Manchester City we have a lot of confidence, and that showed.

“Every player was confident on the ball, the movement was good and we really took the game to Leicester.”

The draw meant that Middlesbrough remain in danger near the bottom of the table in 15th, just one point above the relegation zone, but also that the Teessiders have lost just two of their last five games whereas all but one of the teams around them have lost more.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough host fellow newly-promoted side Hull City next Monday night.

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