Tony Mowbray has told his Middlesbrough players he trusts them as they attempt to maintain their promotion bid.
The fourth-placed Teessiders slipped five points off the pace in the race for the automatic spots as a result of last Friday night's 3-2 defeat at Birmingham.
However, Mowbray has confidence in the men who have kept them in the upper reaches of the table throughout the opening months of the campaign.
He told the Northern Echo: "We have some tough games in this division, tough matches in which you can be beaten by anybody.
"Let's try to keep the squad together. There's a good feeling around the squad and we just have to keep the whole squad believing that they can all be a part of it.
"Every player needs to know that somewhere down the line, I can trust him. If we can do that, we will do okay."
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