Adlene Guedioura has set his sights on a first win in Boro colours when he returns to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

The Algerian international spent two seasons with The Eagles, and the January signing says Boro are focused on earning the win.

"I wouldn't say I had my best time [at Palace], I had an injury which meant that I did not play much," he said.

"But that's in the past and I go there as a Middlesbrough player. It's the first time I have played [at Selhurst] since I left, and I want us to go and get the points.

"It's important for us because we want to start picking up wins, and start a good run."

Guedioura could line up against some familiar faces this weekend, but says friendships will be put to one side as the race for Premier League survival hots up.

"I know maybe half of the team, the likes of [Yohan] Cabaye and Wilf [Zaha]. It's good to stay in touch but that will be forgotten on the pitch," he said.

"Palace are struggling but that doesn't mean they don't have the quality to win games. They have improved a lot since I left, and they're are an established Premier League club now.

"I think it's a six-point game, but there will be many of them for us until the end of the season - there are lots of teams fighting to stay up. We are ready for it."

The 31-year-old feels Aitor Karanka's side have enough to extend Boro's stay in the top flight.

"The Premier League now is the envy of football. It's competitive from top to bottom," he said.

"It's something I have seen with Wolves, Watford and Palace. I have been in this country a long time now and I know the league well.

"But we are a good team and play good football - I especially like especially the manager's mentality.

"Hopefully I can add to that with my energy and experience."