Bad run 'draining belief' - Wheater

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Defender David Wheater concedes Middlesbrough's long winless streak is starting to have an effect on the squad.

The last time Gareth Southgate's side took three points from a league match was when Tuncay Sanli's double sank Aston Villa on November 9. Since then Boro have played 12 times in the top flight without success and Wheater admits it is beginning to "drain belief" among the players.

"We've not been on the best run of late but we're trying our hardest," Wheater told "We know where we are, we are realists. Runs like this do drain belief to an extent but the coaches and the manager are keeping our heads up and showing us we are doing a lot right. We just need to do more."

He added: "We have a bunch of confident lads but that needs to be turned into results."

Wheater is hoping the improved performance from his fellow defenders in the clash with Rovers can provide a springboard for a mini-revival.

"We defended much better against Blackburn and we hope that's a start," he said.

"The fact is win a couple and we are out of where we are, not clear but out of the bottom three."

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