Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


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LUKAS Jutkiewicz believes Boro can make their promotion rivals feel home sick.

Tony Mowbray's team were dealt a blow as they lost 2-0 to Leeds last time out to extend their generally poor points return at the Riverside this season.

Compared to their sizzling form on the road Boro have been left frustrated and struggled at home this term as visiting teams have made it difficult for them.

But the striker insists Boro can do the same to their high-flying opposition when they travel for potentially pivotal back-to-back games at Birmingham on Saturday then West Ham next week.

"They are tough games against teams right up there near us in the table and we know it is important to pick up points," said the pounds 1.6m January signing from Coventry.

"But generally we've done well away from home so there's no reason why we cant go to these places and pick up points.

"And both have maybe had the same problem we have had and have struggled a bit at home. Maybe we can go there and take advantage."

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has moaned at the Hammers' form at Upton Park after four draws on the bounce, including against rock bottom Doncaster on Saturday, while Birmingham too have struggled to rack up the points convincingly at St Andrews this term.

That is not uncommon in the Championship where away teams tend to shut up shop.

"Like us, those teams have found that when teams come to their place looking to sit deep and keep it tight then it can be very difficult to break them down," said Jutkiewicz. "A lot of teams come to the Riverside and do what Leeds did - make themselves hard to break down. They are well organised, they work hard, they close you down quickly and defend in depth and in numbers - it is always very hard to play against. "When you face that, you need to find the quality to break them down. You have to be better with the ball, be more creative and try to find openings, try to have more possession and control the game "A lot of teams in this division make it difficult for you and do it well. Maybe that is why we, and a couple of other teams, have found it hard to get the results at home. …

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