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Championship: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter keeping his feet on the ground

Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he targets promotion back to the Premier League.

Boro currently sit in fifth place in the Sky Bet Championship table and just two points adrift of leaders Derby after a run of nine games which has brought just one defeat, but the 28-year-old is not allowing himself to dream just yet.

Leadbitter told the club's official website: "We're doing okay. A couple of points off top is a nice position to be in.

"We could have had more points on the board if you want to be critical, but we're happy where we are and we'll keep trying to win games.

"I think we are where this club expects to be. We have to get back into the Premier League - but no-one has got to get carried away.

"I've been top of this league on New Years Day and we've struggled in the second half of the season, so take nothing for granted and take one game at a time - we've got a tough game coming up against Rotherham on Saturday."

Leadbitter also warned his Middlesbrough team-mates they have to turn up every week.

Leadbitter, who was a spectator for the clash with Watford after reaching five bookings for the campaign, added on the club's official website, www.mfc.co.uk: "I think we played one of the better teams in the division in Watford on Saturday.

"We maybe could have put the game to bed in the first half, but Watford are a good team and watching the game, I think we did really well. We'll take every point and move on.

"I think we had the better chances, but it was two good teams and a good watch. We need to keep the board ticking over.

"There are a lot of good teams in this division and you've got to turn up every game to succeed. If you don't do that - as proved when we went to Wolves last week - you will come away with nothing."


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