Middlesbrough are currently on a slippery slope without any brakes, with no sign of their losing streak skidding to a halt and their play-off hopes sliding helplessly by them.
Tony Pulis has lost the confidence of the fans, and it is fast heading towards all out mutiny in the stands.
The one thing that can break the ice between the team and supporters, is wins.
Midfielder, Adam Clayton, is well aware of the frustrated, dissenting voices, and admits it is “not nice to listen to”, but adds that “they have every right” to show their anger.
But he asked for them to stick with the team when he spoke to the Hartlepool Mail before tonight’s crunch game against Bolton.
He said: “I understand that [fans’ unhappiness]. It’s not nice to listen to but supporters love the club and they feel the pain on a poor run like this and they have every right to show that they’re not happy.
“Fans just want to see their club do well. They want to come to the ground as see goals and see the team playing well.
“But there’s not one man in the squad who is not trying. Everyone is giving everything for the cause.
“If we can just get that win and find a spark then Middlesbrough can still be a force in this league and in the play-offs.
“That’s our jobs as players and I know the fans will stay with us if we deliver on that.”
What Boro’ need is a convincing win.
They need to give the fans something to banish memories of the last few weeks, and give them some crumb of hope to take into the final few games of the season.
Despite calls for Pulis to go, tonight is not the time to voice those opinions — not during the game anyway.
But one thing is certain, failure to win tonight — or even worse, a defeat — against a side whose players have not been getting paid and do not even know if they can fulfil all their fixtures through to the end of the season, will take the animosity from the stands to another level.
The fans do their part week after week, tonight, it is time for the manager and players to do their’s.
What are your thoughts ahead of tonight’s game Boro’ fans? Can you still turn your season back around? Let us know your thoughts…
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