Parnaby's Boro optimism
By Chris Stanton. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Stuart Parnaby believes Middlesbrough's miserable season can quickly turn around but has warned disgruntled supporters they may have to sit tight for a while longer yet.
Tuesday's 5-2 FA Cup replay win over Nuneaton erased some of the painful memories of a 7-0 drubbing at Arsenal just four days previous but a glance at the fourth-from-bottom club's Premiership form will reveal Boro's shortcomings.
Boro have failed to record three Premiership points in eight matches, a run of form which leaves Steve McClaren's side precariously placed.
Next up for The Teesiders is a match with Wigan at The Riverside and Parnaby is hoping a win on Saturday may be the prelude to a rise up to headier heights.
"If we can scrape three wins together, we'll be looking good again. We need to put an undefeated run together," said Parnaby.
"It doesn't really matter how that happens, we just need the points."
Despite Parnaby's optimism, the 23-year-old believes a lengthy injury list and a number of suspensions have severely handicapped Boro.
"Until we get everybody back it's probably going to be more of the same," added Parnaby.