Middlesbrough’s Leadbitter: Room for improvement

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GRANT Leadbitter is enjoying Middlesbrough’s fine run of form – but he insists there is room for improvement, starting in this weekend’s visit to table-topping Leicester City.

Boro are up to ninth in the Championship after taking 16 points from their last six games under boss Aitor Karanka.

Competition for places is the key to Boro’s forward momentum, insists former Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter.

“The difference I’ve seen is everyone fighting for places on a daily basis because you know if you’re not playing well, you’re not in the team, and that’s benefiting us at the moment,” said the 28-year-old from Fencehouses.

“We’ve got to go to Leicester’s patch on Saturday and get a result and we know it’s going to be difficult but we want to get three points if possible.

“We haven’t played particularly well in the last couple of games. Hopefully we’ll get to playing well and winning.

“Being unbeaten in six doesn’t mean anything, we want to be unbeaten in 26 if we can, that would be good.

“We’ve got 20 games to go and we’ve got to go and get some more wins to catch people.”

H Crawley Town have turned down a bid of £400,000 for defender Joe Walsh.

Chairman Dave Pottinger did not name the club that made the offer but insisted it was nowhere near the League One club’s valuation for the Wales Under-21 international.