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Adam Forshaw throws down the gauntlet to his fellow Boro battlers

Adam Forshaw has challenged Middlesbrough to do something "special" as they attempt to pull off a remarkable Premier League escape.

The Teessiders won in the league for the first time in 16 attempts, dating back to December 17, when they beat derby rivals Sunderland 1-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The result all but condemned the Black Cats to life back in the Sky Bet Championship after a 10-year stay in the top flight.

However, Boro remain six points adrift of 17th-placed Hull with just four games remaining, and given the fact they are up against Manchester City on Sunday, before playing Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool, the degree of difficulty could hardly be much higher.

Midfielder Forshaw said: "It was relief more than anything really. You could see the smiles back on people's faces after the game, and hopefully that leads to a bit more confidence and belief.

"It doesn't stop there, though. We have to keep training hard and working hard and hopefully we'll get three more points on Sunday.

"In the last few years, we've always based ourselves on being a really well-organised team. We've been very well-drilled, and hopefully that will count again on Sunday and we can do something special.

"It's a pretty simple equation now - we just have to win. We got the three points against Sunderland and that's all we could do. We'll be looking to do the same on Sunday again now."

Boro, like the Black Cats, have won only five league games all season and although they were difficult to beat during their first few months back in the Premier League, they have been less so since the turn of the year.

But what they may lack in quality, they more than made up for in effort against David Moyes' beleaguered side, and they will need more of the same if they are to stand any chance of rescuing themselves.

Forshaw said: "It's massive for your confidence and belief to win again. Just to get that winning feeling again is great, you thrive on that and that's what we want to do every week.

"We haven't done it enough this year, so it's good to get over the line. As the manager has said, we've been really close on a number of occasions to getting that win and being able to really push on.

"Now, we've finally done it.

"We didn't play the best football at times, but we dug deep when we had to. It was all about the three points and trying to gain belief so we can kick on."

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