Watford will be heading to the Riverside with similar end-of-season plans as Middlesbrough

Watford's Mileta Rajovic celebrates with team-mates after scoring
Watford's Mileta Rajovic celebrates with team-mates after scoring -Credit:PA

Middlesbrough will be looking to end their season on a high at the Riverside on Saturday, but have been warned that Watford have very similar plans in mind.

Boro are ending the season on a high and have lost just one of their last 11 games after Saturday's 4-1 victory over Cardiff City. They are hoping to finish with one last win on home turf to head into a crucial summer in a really positive mind frame before then hopefully kicking on and building on the positive foundations they hope they've laid this season.

However, Watford stand in their way and head to Teesside in a positive move also. Since Michael Carrick's former Manchester United team-mate Tom Cleverley took interim control - and eventually earned the job outright - the Hornets have lost only one of their last eight, despite playing five of the division's top seven. They beat Sunderland on Saturday in their final home game of the season.

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And speaking after that victory, player of the season Wesley Hoedt had a warning for Boro - which could have implications both for Saturday's game, and next season's promotion aspirations. He said: "The happiness and positivity is back amongst the fans. I think everyone is very happy with Clevs, he deserves it [becoming permanent Head Coach]. Him and his staff have been brilliant.

"We need to be honest and look in the mirror. This season was not good enough, it’s the honest truth. We will try to finish on a high next week, and then it’s time to recover, re-think some things, and come back for pre-season and make sure this club is back where it belongs.

"Clev's come in and done the job really well. The moment he came in we were bleeding; we were not on the right track. I think we’ve played eight games and we have only lost one. Of course, we have had too many draws but we know this. It's way too much if you want to push for the play-off places. That is why we are in the spot we are in at the moment.

"The rhythm has been switched up. I think everyone is on a positive note again and the fans as well, they are behind the team. We have been struggling so it’s quite hard to not be winning that many games. I think if you look at the results, we have also had five clean sheets in the last eight games.

"Like our captain Dan Bachmann said, that wins you championships. That needs to be the basis of next year. So, if we can add a lot of goals to it, then we will be pushing for better places."