Bailey looks to Nick more goals for Middlesbrough

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MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Nicky Bailey is looking to build on his first goal for the club.

The 27-year-old opened his Boro account on Saturday in the 2-0 win at Burnley and is determined to add several more this season.

Bailey had a strike rate of better than one in four for his previous club Charlton Athletic and that persuaded then Boro boss Gordon Strachan to shell out £1.4m on the Cockney schemer last summer.

But Bailey failed to find the back of the net during his maiden campaign on Teesside.

In mitigation, the 27-year-old has been used in the midfield anchor role, but nonetheless he hopes he won’t have to wait another 40 games for his next goal!

“It was nice to finally score a goal for the club and get a good three points at the end of it,” he said.

“I’ve been telling the gaffer I’m a goalscoring midfielder, not a defensive midfielder. But he’s put me in a position to do a job and I’m just happy to be playing.

“Obviously now I’m off the mark and hopefully I can get a few more.”

Bailey’s strike, a 20-yard drive, set Boro on their way to a victory which lifted them to third in the Championship table.

And the Boro ace added: “It was a really hard place to go so I’m delighted my goal helped us get the win. It seemed like the goal took about 20 seconds to go in once it left my foot but it was great to see it go in.”

Boro will this evening learn the identity of their Carling Cup third-round opponents when Crystal Palace take on Wigan Athletic at Selhurst Park in the second round – the winners will entertain Tony Mowbray’s men in the next stage.