Garry Monk remains confident that his Middlesbrough side will soon climb the Championship table.
The 11th-placed Teessiders have only managed four league wins going into tomorrow’s Riverside clash with second-top Cardiff.
But Monk is calm, despite last weekend’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Barnsley.
“I think overall we’ve made big improvements,” said Monk. “On Saturday, for instance, we were fluid in our attacking movements and we created enough chances to win the game. We need to be more clinical and cut out the mistakes which at the moment we’re being punished for. Cardiff have started the season very well and it will be a tough test for us.”
“But again, in our last match at the Riverside there were good points to draw on.
“It’s a good opportunity to show what we’re made of.
“Knowing Neil Warnock’s teams they’ll be difficult to beat and their start doesn’t surprise me. But we have to focus on ourselves.”
Monk has also moved to quickly draw a line under winger Adama Traore’s absence from the matchday squad at Barnsley after he turned up late for the team bus.
On Traore, Monk said: “It’s all been dealt with in-house, he trained very well this week and showed a good attitude.
“We’ve moved on. The rules and code we follow is part of the culture we are trying to make. As long as everyone learns from their mistakes and shows a good attitude we move on very quickly.”
Boro striker Rudy Gestede will be back training within a fortnight following a freak thigh injury.