MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray is targeting a six-point haul from games against Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers to send his side up the Championship table.
Boro have won just twice in 11 matches this term, but they went into the international break on a high after a thumping 4-1 success against Yeovil.
Now the Teesiders have the chance to build some momentum, with Saturday’s trip to bottom club Barnsley followed by next Friday’s Riverside showdown with lowly Doncaster.
“A few of the players are away on international duty at the moment,” said Mowbray (pictured).
“But when they come back we’ve got to get everyone focused very quickly.
“We have to go to Barnsley and make them feel the quality we possess. Then we’ve got a Friday night game at home to Doncaster and, with all due respect to them, that’s another game we should be targeting to win.
“Another six points should ease a few people’s nerves and make the table look more realistic and we’ll feel in touching distance from the top six and hopefully push on from there. But there are no easy games and we have to be ready for them.”
Meanwhile, Barnsley defender Tom Kennedy is confident of a recovery by the Oakwell side, and hopes to rock Boro.
He said: “I believe we’re a team who thrives on confidence and plays better with it, so that’s something we’ve been trying hard to get back.
“We know it’s not going to be easy but we’re confident we can get the right result we’re looking for against Middlesbrough and also Sheffield Wednesday after that.”