Steve Agnew hopeful of Middlesbrough survival

However, Clayton does not believe that Boro are one of the three worst teams in the division and is confident that one positive result will provide the springboard they need to retain their Premier League status.

However, Agnew takes inspiration from the exploits of Sunderland and another of his former clubs, Leicester City, following their miraculous escape the season before they won the top-flight title, as precedents he is confident that Middlesbrough can follow.

Gibson has developed in to one of the most promising young defenders in British football since breaking in to the Middlesbrough first team squad having progressed through their youth ranks.

"We have been in most games and have been pipped by that extra bit of quality that we need to have".

"There are more points to play for and nobody in the bottom three is pulling up trees and running clear".

Blues boss Antonio Conte is in the market for a long-term replacement for John Terry and Gibson is certainly in the same mold as the long-serving Chelsea skipper so he'd be an excellent addition as the west Londoners prepare for their return to the Champions League. We have to keep believing and keep the chin up. "They have shown that one win can literally change lots of things and it can also affect other teams around you in the table, so that's what we aim to do". This is the toughest league there is, .

Arsenal travel north to Middlesbrough to face the relegation-staving side in desperate need of a win.

"Even when we conceded the second we still had chances when the ball went into the box".

  • Stacy Allen