Sky Bet Championship: George Friend looks to ease Middlesbrough fears

George Friend: Backs side to get the goals

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Middlesbrough defender George Friend has urged his team-mates to relax as they attempt to end their goalless run.

The Teessiders have gone five Sky Bet Championship games without a goal since Emmanuel Ledesma's winner against Charlton on January 18, with their barren run now extending to 844 minutes of football.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of Leeds United to the Riverside Stadium, Friend told the Northern Echo: "Sometimes, the more you go searching for a goal, the more the pressure builds. That can make it harder for our attacking players because the anxiety increases and things can get rushed.

"It's about keeping a level head about things and not getting too carried away by a bad run. It was the same at the other end of the field for the defensive players when we were conceding a lot of goals.

"It snowballed in that period and became much harder to draw a line under it. We did that, though, and defensively we have been very good recently. That just shows that you can turn things around.

"I'm sure the goal will come. I've got every faith in our attacking players and I'm sure it will happen. We are creating chances, they are just not quite falling right."