Jonathan Woodgate says his players owe to themselves and the fans to put on a performance against Preston North End at the Riverside on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Boro’s head coach is demanding a response from his squad after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday.
“The reaction is the biggest thing,” said Woodgate. “It’s going to be huge. I’m pleased we have a game so quickly and hopefully we’ll get the reaction from the players.
“They owe themselves, their families, and the supporters. We need to play well to get supporters through the gates.”
The squad were back on the training pitches on Sunday with Woodgate delighted to have the opportunity to address the weekend defeat so quickly.
“You’ve got to put Saturday to the back of your mind,” said Woodgate.
“I let my players know what I thought, now we have to move on. You have to move on quick in this league.
“I’ve told them constantly what it means to play for this club, they know what it’s like. If you run, graft, win your tackles and headers, football can be really simple. If you get those things right, you win the game.”
Next up at the Riverside...
Boro v Preston North End