ON-LOAN striker Sammy Ameobi remains hopeful that Middlesbrough can bring their season to life again.
Tony Mowbray’s men have endured a nightmare 2013, but they remain just six points adrift of the Championship play-off places, albeit with just six matches to play.
Boro were held to a goalless draw by an on-form Peterborough side battling to beat the drop on Tuesday, extending a dismal run to 11 defeats in the last 14 matches.
Ameobi, who was among Boro’s stand-out performers against Posh, admitted: “It’s not going to be easy. What game in the Championship is easy?
“Everybody is beating everybody. The belief is still here, no-one has given up.
“I think the gods have favoured us. We’re still just six points away, we’ll keep fighting and pushing. I don’t know why results aren’t coming. There are good players in that dressing room, good players who play good football.”
Boro at least snapped a four-match losing run with the point, and got a boost when sixth-top Brighton were also held to a goalless draw.
But it is really coming down to win or bust for the Teessiders, who face a daunting challenge at Steve Bruce’s Hull City on Saturday.
The frustration at failing to break down Peterborough was tangible for fans at the Riverside, and Ameobi confessed: “I understand the disappointment. There should be, we should have come away with three points and been closer to the play-off places.
“But I suppose it was a clean sheet and one point is better than none.
“It was an interesting night for me, playing in a role (more advanced) that isn’t really my position. But the more versatile I am the more chance I have of being a footballer.
“I was followed all over in the second half, but the game should have been out of sight by then. Now we go to the other end of the table and Hull and look forward to another very competitive game.”
Hull will be desperate to get back on track for automatic promotion after losing to rivals Watford on Tuesday.
Tigers boss Bruce does not believe the loss will serve as a psychological blow to his squad down the final stretch. He said: “It would have given us a nice cushion with six games to go but I’ve been at the club eight months and know we’re not going to do things easy.
“If we’re going to do it (automatic promotion), we’re going to do it the hard way like you’d expect the Championship to be, even with six games to go I’d still expect there to be twists and turns in it.”
After a below-par first 45 minutes in which the hosts appeared to get stage-fright knowing three points would put them in pole position for a return to domestic football’s top table, Hull rallied in the second half and forced Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond into a string of saves.
Bruce continued: “First half I think they edged it, second half I thought we dominated it but we just didn’t get that break. For me, the best player was their goalkeeper - in the second half in particular.
“The one bit of real quality was their goal but I thought a fair result was a draw, myself. I thought it was two teams very evenly matched.
“You can see why they’re at the top end of the table and they had the little bit quality from the fella (Deeney), it was a good finish.”