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Frazer focused on maintaining Boro's team spirit
FRAZER RICHARDSON knows all about what is required to win promotion and he feels Middlesbrough have all the ingredients to achieve such a goal this season.
Despite winning just one of the opening seven matches of the season, Richardson has revealed how the atmosphere within the Boro camp is on a par with those he experienced in his first two years at Southampton.
After leaving Charlton in the summer of 2010, having narrowly missed out on promotion from League One in the play-offs, Richardson was part of the Southampton team which celebrated end of season success two years in a row.
He will never forget the excitement and satisfaction of those two campaigns at St Mary’s, but he has suggested there is a similar feeling of camaraderie and confidence around the Riverside Stadium despite a steady, if unspectacular, start to the campaign.
“It feels like a nice time to be here,” said Richardson. “It feels like when I first joined Southampton, that first season. That was a league lower, in League One, but there is the same appetite to get promoted. We have the same kind of lads, all wanting to do well for each other. We got back-to-backs at Southampton, so I know what it is like to be in and around a good dressing room.
“I wouldn’t just say it either, I really do feel we have got that mentality, the right lads are here, there’s some really good lads here to get the job done. Hopefully we can push on now and get better results and climb the table.
“Performances have warranted a few more wins at least. Having gone up at Forest by two goals last Tuesday, we would have liked to have gone and seen the game through. There are goals in the team this season. We just have to start getting the points.”
In Richardson’s first season at Southampton he was part of the team which finished second behind Brighton in League One. The following year was even more impressive, ending runner-up to Reading in the Championship which secured an automatic berth in the Premier League.
After his release at the end of last season, he had been looking for a new club and the opportunity arrived to impress Mowbray, which he did. He is, though, disappointed Middlesbrough have won just one of their first seven matches, even if they have lost just two.
“One big win could be a turning point, there’s always a turning point in a season and this could be it,” said Richardson, speaking ahead of today’s visit of Bournemouth to Teesside. “We will be there or thereabouts I think. We do need to make our home a fortress, it’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true. If we can get that one win at home to kick-start us at home then we could see the season really take off.”
The Rotherham-born defender spent the first eight years of his professional career at Leeds United before moving south to Charlton and Southampton. The Yorkshireman is happy to be back up north.
He said: “I’m all settled in. It is nice to be back. I thoroughly enjoyed myself down at Southampton. Three years there and one at Charlton but it is always nice to be home. I am definitely a northern lad, with this accent.
“I moved back to Rotherham during the summer, spent time there keeping myself right and fit. Luckily I got the call from Middlesbrough to come up for them to have a look at me. I did that and signed a week later. I have to thank the gaffer for that for giving me the opportunity.”
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