Pogatetz: Consistency the aim
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Emanuel Pogatetz wants Middlesbrough to put their inconsistency behind them.Emanuel Pogatetz is confident that Middlesbrough can finally put their inconsistency behind them and start climbing up the Premiership table.
The Teessiders have frustrated their fans this season, combining superb wins over the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United with numerous disappointing displays.
Pogatetz believes the root of the problem is Middlesbrough's involvement in three competitions, meaning they find it hard to maintain their midweek cup form in the league.
"It is very hard for us to win in The Premiership and then play in an important game in the Uefa Cup or Carling Cup three days later," the defender told Sky Sports News.
"We play those games and then we have a third game of the week as well. Mentally it is very hard to play three games in a week and maybe that's why we end up drawing at home or not getting the victory we need."
Middlesbrough have not been in action since playing Chelsea last Saturday, and Pogatetz feels the break should enable them to put in a good performance against Liverpool this weekend.
"We have had no game in the week and had a bit of a rest so I think we can do very well against Liverpool," he hoped.
"It is hard but there is no reason why we cannot put a run together in The Premiership."