Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe United: Boro grateful to get chance to extend fine form at Riverside

Middlesbrough's George Friend (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).
Middlesbrough's George Friend (Picture: Richard Sellers/PA Wire).
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GIVEN that Middlesbrough’s travel sickness is such that they have not sampled an away victory in a whole calendar year, home comforts are likely to be welcomed this evening.

Boro’s last win on their travels arrived on August 21, 2016 – a 2-1 derby success at Sunderland – and with consecutiive losses on the road so far this term, back-to-back Riverside games this week should provide succour.

Garry Monk’s side have triumphed in both home games so far in 2017-18 and will be eyeing more of the same against Iron tonight and Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

Acknowledging that fact, full-back George Friend said: “We have looked good at home in the two games so far this season so it is good to get another home draw in the cup.

“It all started with that strong beginning against Augsburg in the last game of pre-season. We have taken that form well into the Riverside games.”

Boro have snubbed interest from Leeds United in striker Rudy Gestede, while also working towards sealing a £2.5m deal to bring Birmingham City defender Ryan Shotton to Teesside.

Gestede quickly emerged as a target for Leeds following Chris Wood’s £15m sale to Burnley, with the player well known to United’s director of football Victor Orta.

The Spaniard was working in his previous role as head of recruitment at Boro when Gestede joined in a £6m move from Aston Villa in January.

With Gestede having started the season in encouraging fashion, Boro are unlikely to encourage any further bids.

Last six games: Middlesbrough LLLWWL Scunthorpe DLDDDW.

Referee: A Madley (West Yorkshire).

Last time: Middlesbrough 2 Scunthorpe 0; February 1, 2011; Championship.