'Lack Of Goals Will Send Boro Down' Says Former Star!

Last updated : 11 March 2009 By Boro Mad

Gary Pallister started his professional career with the club as a 19-year-old in 1984.

He made 156 league appearances in five seasons for the Boro before joining Manchester United.

He returned to Middlesbrough in 1998 and made a further 55 league appearances before calling time on his career.

Pallister: "They've got the attributes and the players to survive but what they've lacked all season is a goalscorer. They've got quality in the side but it's soul destroying for a team when they're not able to finish off the chances they're creating.

"That has been the biggest Achilles heel for them all season and I wouldn't say I'm confident they're going to survive. I'm hopeful they are, but their next four games are really going to define where they end up at the end of the season.

"They play Portsmouth, Stoke, Hull and Bolton and that run is probably going to define their season.

"The last three performances have been an improvement. I know they got beat 4-0 at Tottenham but there were even some good signs in that because they caused Tottenham a lot of problems.

"It wasn't a 4-0 game and a lot of it was just down to individual mistakes. But they had that great win against Liverpool, they've definitely improved their performances from a couple of months ago and they've got to take something from that and take a little bit of confidence into the games they've got coming up."