Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says his team are "ready to go" ahead of the start of the new Championship campaign this weekend.
Boro host Leicester City at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. Speaking ahead of the game, Mowbray said:
"The opening day of any season is tough for both sides. The adrenaline is rushing, the preparation of six weeks for the one game really is there and the intensity of both sides is there and we're ready to go really.
"Lets bring on the weekend, lets bring the season on and lets see how we go."
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray insists his side still have a lot to play for despite falling out of contention to make the Championship playoffs.
Around 1,500 Boro supporters are expected to make the trip to Hillsborough to see their side take on Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking ahead of the match, Mowbray said his team owe the fans a good performance.
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Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says he remains optimistic about the club's future despite them falling eight points adrift of the Championship playoffs.
Boro lost 2-0 to Brighton at the Riverside on Saturday - a result which means the Teessiders have now picked up just eight points from a possible 51 in 2013. That run has left Middlesbrough closer to the relegation zone now than the playoffs.
Speaking after his side's defeat to Brighton, Mowbray said: "I don't think we're much worse than we were in the first half of the season, and yet we can't win a game at the moment. Confidence is probably a bit down.
"There's room for optimism for next year, and listen we've got four games to go. Let's wait and see."
Middlesbrough's league decline has led to questions regarding Mowbray's future at the club. However, the Boro boss said any decisions would come from the club's Chairman Steve Gibson.
He said: "The Chairman, who is from where I'm from, he's from Teesside. He'll have his own opinions on things of management - of what's right and what's wrong - and there's only one guy in our football club who makes those sort of decisions."
Tony Mowbray says that his side need to get their belief back. Middlesbrough travel to Huddersfield tonight in the Championship. The manager says he's told his players that a top six finish is the minimum requirement this season.
Middlesbrough have been knocked out of the FA Cup and have been caught up in Chelsea's latest drama as Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez criticised the club's fans and the men who hired him in his post-match comments.
On the pitch, the reigning European Champions were just too good for Tony Mowbray's team and Middlesbrough lost 2-0.
However, the Middlesbrough manager wasn't too downhearted.
Middlesbrough Boss Tony Mowbray says Saturday's trip to Crystal Palace is a big game, but not make or break as far as the championship promotion race is concerned.
Both teams are in the play-off places and they've both still got realistic ambitions of claiming an automatic promotion place.
Boro head for Selhurst Park on the back of a midweek win over Leeds United that ended a run if five straight league defeats.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says this weekend's game against Watford presents a real opportunity for his side in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Boro go into Saturday's match at the Riverside knowing that a win could put them ten points clear of the Hornets in the Championship table.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Mowbray said: "It would be a huge win for us I think, which would really keep them at arms length and establish a real gap from the play-off positions for us. So it's a big game.
"I don't think of them as six pointers. I just think of them as the next game, another three points, another opportunity to add to our tally to get into the 50s points wise and keep going."
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