Former Boro man and BBC Tees commentator Neil Maddison says team spirit and togetherness can galvanise the Teessiders in an important week for the club.

Boro head to Swansea City on Sunday, before facing Hull City midweek and welcoming Burnley to the Riverside the following Saturday. 

With Swansea and Hull occupying the two spots directly above Boro in the Premier League table, Maddison says wins could prove crucial.

"You target certain games and we're obviously looking at these games as ones to take three points," Maddison said.

"If we do then you're well on your way to safety.

"A good win would do us the world of good. Getting that win at Swansea would be absolutely fantastic and then, all of a sudden the whole place lifts."

Maddison says that Head Coach Steve Agnew's first game in charge, at home against Manchester United, offered hope heading into the international break.

"We've got to show some grit and determination. The game against Man United it does fill you with a bit of hope that we can do it," he said.

"I think Joe Jordan coming in will be working down those lines and giving everyone hope.

"It was always going to be hard but the team spirit and togetherness is all there to see.

"I certainly am confident. We've got the squad to do it."