Joe Jordan believes that Steve Agnew's Boro squad have the belief, drive and desire to fight for their place in the Premier League in coming months.

Having joined Boro to assist head coach Agnew just last week, the experienced Jordan had little time to settle before finding himself immediately in the frame for Sunday's defeat to Manchester United.

But the former striker says he's delighted to be back involved in the game with top flight survival at the top of his agenda.

"That's the world of football for you - you can never tell," said Jordan when asked if he was surprised to have received the call from Agnew. 

"There are so many ups and downs and this is one of the good ups for me. It's great to be involved again, I'm looking forward to the remaining games. 

"It's a very difficult league to be in. 

"You've got to prove that you're good enough to stay there but I'm certainly going to enjoy my time here and hopefully we can get the points necessary to be in the Premier League next season."

Boro were unlucky not to draw level against United before Valencia made it 3-1 to the visitors and Jordan insists there were plenty of positives to take for the home side.

"I was impressed with what I saw at the weekend," he said. "I thought the players competed well and I think there are things we have learned from that game. 

"We did get beat but there are positives to take. I've seen the attitude in training since which has been very positive and the desire to stay in this division is definitely there. 

"I see a collective dressing room that's pulling in the right direction and we're going to have a good go. 

"A lot of these players have worked very hard to be in the Premier League and that's something that they're not going to give away easily."