Jonathan Woodgate says Boro will need to battle toe-to-toe with promotion contenders Leeds United this evening (7.45pm).
The Teessiders return under the Riverside lights tonight with the visit of Leeds, who are firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion and sit four points behind leaders West Brom.
Woodgate, who began his playing career at Elland Road, says Boro will need to match Marcelo Bielsa's side in every department and knows the fans at the Riverside will play a huge part.
“You’ve got to match them (Leeds), you’ve got to match the energy," he said.
"They are constantly wanting to run forward, breaking forward, breaking back from full back areas. They are a top team who will probably get promoted.
“Hopefully we can put them two bad results to bed and move on and try and beat Leeds.
"We need the fans with us. I know it’s easy for me to say now and we are all going through a difficult patch, but we need them more than ever on Wednesday night."
Watch the full pre-match preview with the Boro boss in the video above.