Jonathan Woodgate is urging the people of Teesside to arrive at the Riverside in numbers and push Boro over the finish line this season.
With just four home games remaining, Woody is hoping Boro fans can attract crowds similar to the 30,000 that watched England U21s on Monday.
"You saw the amount of fans at the Riverside on Monday night," said Woody.
"I know it can be expensive for some fans to come to football, and everyone works hard for their money on Teesside.
"If we can get those extra 5,000 fans in, though, it'll be even better for us and it will give us that added push. I'm sure the fans will try as hard as we do.
"The more fans the better for us. It gives us that extra spur when we're attacking, going forward and scoring goals and there's nothing better.
"When we went to Derby their fans were stacked in and that spurred them on, but it also gave us a push on because we don't like getting beat in the lion's den."
Boro made two defensive additions to the squad before the loan transfer window closed last week in Fernando Amorebieta and Dwight Tiendalli.
Having played in Spain with Real Madrid, Woody is familiar with former Athletico Bilbao man, Amorebieta, and has been very complimentary of the Venezuela international.
"I watched Fernando (Amorebieta) a lot when he was at Atheltico Bilbao and I knew he was a very good player," said Woody.
"He was rumoured to be going to Arsenal, but he joined Fulham and I knew he was good so I was looking out for him.
"It didn't quite work out for him there and I wouldn't say he had a bad time, but things didn't go too well.
"With a change of scenery, a Spanish-speaking manager who believes in him and having the other Spanish players we have here - I think he'll be a good signing, especially at this critical point of the season.
"Dwight, (Tiendalli) has good calibre for the team, too. He's played in Holland and in the Premier League with Swansea and he'll have a point to prove as well."