Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

McCarthy Tips Bamford to Fire Boro Back to the Top Flight

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

McCarthy Tips Bamford to Fire Boro Back to the Top Flight

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Byline: Jonathon Taylor Sports writer

IF Patrick Bamford can maintain his recent goalscoring form then Boro have a great chance of clinching promotion to the Premier League.

That's the view of Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy, who witnessed the Chelsea loanee's prowess in front of goal last weekend as the Tractor Boys were battered 4-1 at The Riverside.

Bamford scored a brace that day, and he followed that up with the winner against former club Derby County on Tuesday.

Boro head to Bournemouth this lunchtime looking to bag a perfect hat-trick against their promotion rivals - and Ipswich boss McCarthy has backed the Teessiders to win promotion.

Asked who he thought would secure automatic promotion to the Premier League, McCarthy told the Sudbury Mercury: "The two that are there - I think Watford and Middlesbrough.

"Middlesbrough look good having turned Derby over (1-0 at the iPro Stadium on Tuesday night).

"You wouldn't have thought that following their first half against us last weekend, but Patrick Bamford's winner the other night was different class and if he can continue that form they will be hard to stop. …

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