Albert Adomah returns to familiar surrounds on Saturday when Boro head for Brentford - and the proud West Londoner says he hasn't been surprised by the form shown by the Bees this season.

Brentford won promotion from League One last term and have carried their fine form into the Championship, sitting in and around the Play-Off places since the early weeks of the campaign.

"I'm not surprised with them," said Adomah, who bagged his first goal of the season against Brentford at the Riverside, back in September.

"I know we beat them 4-0 at home but we haven't played them away so we don't know what to expect at this moment in time. They seem to be doing well at home and away, beating bigger teams.

"Anything can happen, we have to be wary of them even though they might be a smaller club - they're still doing well in the championship. It's good for them getting supporters in and expanding the stadium. Hopefully that'll help them out. Obviously I want Middlesbrough to get promotion but if it happens for Brentford then fair play to them they've done well."

Boro go into the game on the back of toppling defending Premier League champions Manchester City in a memorable FA Cup tie last weekend - but the focus was quickly switched back to the bread and butter of the Championship race.

"When you beat a big team obviously there are always people who question whether you can do the same against a smaller team," said Albert. "Against Brentford we can show up with the right attitude.

"We can't show up thinking because we beat Manchester city we will roll them over because that's not the case and it could be us that gets rolled over.

"Hopefully we can beat Brentford, get the three points and create that gap. When you win games there's always a happy good feeling around the club and it helps everyone.

"If we could get the victory that would be spot on."