Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Are Yet to Click but Have Plenty of Room for Improvement

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro Are Yet to Click but Have Plenty of Room for Improvement

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Byline: JONATHON TAYLOR jonathon.taylor@trinitymirror.com @JonathonTaylor1

MIDDLESBROUGH have plenty more gears to find and "haven't clicked" yet under Garry Monk.

That's the verdict of former favourite John Hendrie, who helped Boro to two promotions during an eventful six years on Teesside.

The 54-year-old, who was also promoted to the top-flight with Leeds United in 1990, is looking forward to watching two of his former sides lock horns at Elland Road this weekend in an "electric" showdown which will see Monk return to West Yorkshire.

And while Boro head into the game on the back of three consecutive league wins, Hendrie feels there's much more to come from Monk's men.

"If you'd have asked Boro fans a few weeks ago, there were a lot of grumblings going on," Hendrie told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"They weren't happy at the football and not getting results. They came back twice against Brentford but they could easily have lost that game, and they could have lost at home against Preston which was 0-0 when Preston were the better team.

"It's not as if Boro are flying and, for me, they have still not clicked. It's still not clicked up there.

"They got good results at Reading and Hull City and when they went to Reading and got a goal you could see that they shut up shop.

"And that was very much the same in the Sunderland game. They scored early doors but the supporters are thinking 'OK, Sunderland are bottom of the league, let's go and try and get a second or third goal.'.

"But they didn't. It was as if they scored the first goal and said 'we are just going to hang on to this win and by hook or by crook get three points.'.

"Boro are not a team who are striking fear into other clubs, certainly not at this moment in time. It's very much a work in progress and there is still room for improvement.

"Bear in mind they have spent over PS40m and they have just come down from the Premier League, Boro probably thought that they would be in a higher position than fifth."

The mood in the respective camps can't be of any greater contrast ahead of Sunday's eagerly-anticipated duel, with Boro looking for another victory to catapult themselves towards the division's top two. …

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