Middlesbrough's Ryan Shotton gives honest opinion of promotion chances

Ryan  Shotton (L) of Middlesbrough challenges George Honeyman of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

Boro recorded a much-needed win over Reading but they will need more if they want to return to the Premier League

Ryan  Shotton (L) of Middlesbrough challenges George Honeyman of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

Middlesbrough defender Ryan Shotton believes that luck has been against the team so far this season.

This comes after Boro were able to secure an important home win against Reading, thanks to an Adama Traore double - though they did have 11 shots off target, including a poor penalty from record signing Britt Assombalonga.

Speaking on the club's official website, the right-back spoke of the frustration of things not quite going as planned for Boro, especially when it has come to scoring.

He said: "I think we've just lacked that clinical finish in the past couple of weeks and a bit of luck here and there.

"The Sheffield Wednesday game stands out, we peppered them with 22 shots or something and for not one of them to just creep in or turn the luck for us was disappointing because it would have put us right in the mix."

Ryan Shotton of Middlesbrough is challenged by Tomer Hemed of Brighton and Hove Albion during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Middlesbrough and Brighton at Riverside Stadium...
In fact, Boro have only netted 40 times this campaign, fewer than 21st place Hull City and 12 fewer than promotion rivals Fulham.

While they have been struggling for goals, they have managed to keep things tight - especially under Tony Pulis - conceding just 29 goals, the fifth fewest in the league. So it is very much at the other end of the pitch where the problem lies, but Shotton believes that improving that could give them a chance.

"Adama scored a couple of goals and we're now up and running, I think it's time to kick on.

"We're still up there and a lot of teams have got to play each other and we've got a lot to play. If we can beat everyone around us, it gives us a massive chance."

Adama Traore of Middlesbrough scores his side's third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Middlesbrough at Loftus Road on January 20, 2018 in London,...

Next up for Boro is a trip to Cardiff City followed by a tough home clash with Championship leaders Wolves before another Tees-Wear derby at the end of February.

Six points from nine should really help with Pulis' push for a promotion spot.

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