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Middlesbrough must forget rivals and focus on form - Gibson

Britain Football Soccer - Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley - FA Cup Fourth Round - The Riverside Stadium - 28/1/17 Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson arrives at the stadium before the match Reuters / Scott Heppell Livepic
Britain Football Soccer - Middlesbrough v Accrington Stanley - FA Cup Fourth Round - The Riverside Stadium - 28/1/17 Middlesbrough's Ben Gibson arrives at the stadium before the match Reuters / Scott Heppell Livepic

(Reuters) - Defender Ben Gibson has urged Middlesbrough to focus on improving their form rather than banking on relegation rivals dropping points after Saturday's loss at Stoke City extended the club's winless Premier League run to 10 games.

Middlesbrough are the league's lowest scorers with 19 goals and, despite a respectable defensive record, their profligacy in front of goal this season has seen them drop to 18th, three points adrift of safety with 11 games remaining.

"It's about us, if we aren't getting our results and doing our jobs we can't look to other people to not be doing theirs. If we do our job we'll get out of the relegation zone," Gibson told the club's website. (www.mfc.co.uk)

"...We're running out of opportunities but we aren't going to give up without a fight.

Middlesbrough host Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday before facing sixth-placed Manchester United on March 19.

(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet)

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