Fate is in our hands - Bam­ford

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

BORO can’t worry about the re­sults of their re­vived rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals says Pa­trick Bam­ford.

The onus is on the team to do enough in their own games to se­cure sur­vival.

And, says the newly-signed £6m striker, the play­ers were well aware of the shift in the table be­fore they went on to the pitch against Spurs at the week­end.

“You can’t keep peo­ple away from the re­sults and the table,” he said, ad­mit­ting the Boro camp had watched the af­ter­noon un­fold.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t mat­ter what other teams do now. It is about what we do.”

But while the base­ment bat­tle has been squeezed to the point of pain, Bam­ford in­sists Boro have the abil­ity to claw free.

“It is in­cred­i­bly tight at the bot­tom,” he said. “But at the minute we are still ahead of them and we have to make sure it stays that way.

“We have to work hard, con­cen­trate and stay fo­cused and if we can play to our po­ten­tial then we know we can stay ahead of the teams be­low us.

“It is un­be­liev­able how close it is now with six team sep­a­rated by just two points, and that makes for an ex­cit­ing league, I sup­pose, but we just have to make sure we stay where we are in the table.

“I be­lieve in the team and the team be­lieves in it­self, and we all think we have more than enough to stay in the league.

“Hull and Swansea have sud­denly started win­ning and that gives you a lit­tle bit of a kick, but we know we can do it.

“We just have to keep go­ing, be as pos­i­tive as we can and move on.”

And de­spite de­feat to a slick Spurs side Bam­ford, who bagged 19 goals in his loan spell in 2014-15, in­sists Boro can take pos­i­tives from Satur­day’s game.

“We came away dis­ap­pointed to be hon­est,” he said. “Even though we didn’t have a lot of the ball we hung in there and we had a cou­ple of chances at the end to take the draw.

“It was hard work be­cause Spurs are an ex­cel­lent side and very dif­fi­cult to play against.

“We all worked in­cred­i­bly hard off the ball to try to stop them play­ing and in the end it was only the penalty that un­locked us – and then we could maybe have snatched some­thing at the death.

“We have to keep work­ing, keep be­liev­ing, keep find­ing the open­ings and I’m sure they will start to go in.

“And I’m cer­tain that as soon as we get one that falls for us we’ll click and build on it.”

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