Patrick Bamford says he is starting to grow in confidence after playing a key role against Watford last weekend.

The Chelsea loanee found himself adapting to a different role against the Hornets, but he was in the thick of the action throughout and earned plenty of plaudits during and after the 1-1 draw.

"Obviously I've just been itching to get playing and get a run of games," said Patrick. 

"It was a different role on Saturday, but the gaffer talked me through it and explained what he wanted. 

"Even though I was playing on the right I wasn't playing as a winger, it was more like a second striker, but the way the game was and how the opposition played it suited me - I managed to get on the ball and that's when I can cause the most damage."

The young forward teed up Kike to score Boro's only goal of the game in the 1-1 draw, and could have scored himself had it not been for Jonathan Bond's quick reactions in the Watford goal. 

"I was having a laugh with Jonathan after the game - we know each other from playing with the England U21s - and he was saying he couldn't believe the saves either," said Patrick. 

"I think there were two he made against me and plenty more from others - he had a worldie."

Patrick has now started two consecutive games, and says he is delighted to be playing a part as Boro continue to mount a strong challenge at the business end of the Championship.

He said: "I was happy to play and get back into the swing of things against Wolves and then it was nice to hear I was starting against Watford as well.

"That gave me a bit of confidence and I'm sure the goals will come once I get a run of games. As long as I hit the target, that's all I can really ask for."