Maccarone gets Boro backing

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MIDDLESBROUGH chief coach Steve Harrison has backed Italian international front-man Massimo Maccarone to come good after a barren spell in front of goal.

The £8.15 million signing from Empoli netted four times in his first eight matches but has failed to score since.

"It just needs a goal and everything will start flowing again," said Harrison.

"Massimo's been going close. He hit a post at Newcastle and had one disallowed at Liverpool.

"The trick is to be patient. He is feeling it but we must support him and keep his spirits high."

Despite a lack of goals from the record signing Boro are riding high in The Premiership.