Neil Warnock is ready to trade the possibility of a Boro victory for a draw against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday – if the big pay-off is a long unbeaten run.
Boro haven’t shared the spoils since back-to-back goalless games against Blackburn and Brentford in early November.
But now the boss is ready to accept a couple of draws at home Blackburn on Sunday (KO 3pm on Sky Sports) and Rotherham in midweek if that puts down a platform for a promotion push.
His hard-working side were superb in every department as they won away 2-1 at high-flying Nottingham Forest in midweek but while welcome it was another swing of the Boro form pendulum.
In recent weeks Boro have won one, lost one, won one, lost one and the inconsistency has stung Warnock, even though his side are just three points off the play-off spots with a game in hand.
Now the boss says he will happily take a few draws if that ends the fluctuations in form and can spark a second half of the season surge.
“We’ve got two home games now and people will think that is easy but it won’t be,” he told the local media. “If we get two draws, I’ll be happy with that me, We just need to stay unbeaten.
“You know me, I’m disappointed we’ve not got 10 more points with the games we’ve thrown away but that’s life. We’ll have games where we just can’t score and when it’s like that we need to get more 0-0 draws.”
The game has been moved to Sunday for television, then Boro play Rotherham in a match rearranged from Boxing Day when the away team were plunged into isolation after a Covid outbreak – then next Saturday they go to runaway leaders Norwich in what is a demanding week.
But Warnock is not fazed by the heavy schedule. “Well, moving it to Sunday gives us an extra 24 hours to prepare but if you ask me at the end of the week I might be having a go at the fixture list and complaining about three games in six days,” he laughed.
“We looked at the Rotherham game and where to put it in but the schedule is chokker until the end of March so we thought we’d get it over with.”
Blackburn are in mid-table but are the highest scorers in the Championship and former Boro boss Tony Mowbray has drilled an attacking ethos into his side.
That won’t worry Warnock. “No disrespect to Tony or any manager but I don’t really worry to much about how they play, just how it suits us and what we need to do to play against them.
“They are a good team and they have good forwards and they play well away from home but we played really well at Forest and everyone is buzzing so we are really looking forward to it.”