Kenny McLean has enjoyed the international break more than most, contributing to Scotland’s qualification for Euro 2020 with a spot-kick in a penalty shootout.
But the City midfielder is hungry to get back to winning ways with his club, having gone into the break unbeaten in seven.
“We’re just desperate to get back to the club form that we left in a really good place,” he said. “We need to pick up where we left off, because we had great momentum. The form was good, and the team was playing excellently.
“Everything was going our way, so we need to pick up from where we left off and go again. It’s a massive run coming up, everybody knows how big it can be from now right through to Christmas in this league and we need to pick up as many points as we can.”
While City can rightly be proud of their record of seven games unbeaten, for Middlesbrough, it’s ten. Neil Warnock’s side have followed opening day defeat to Watford with four wins and six draws.
“It’ll be difficult, it’s obviously a very good team and everybody we come up against seems to raise their game a little bit, so it’s up to us to deal with that,” McLean added. “We’re the in-form team of the league right now, there’s no doubt about it and we need to bring the best out of ourselves again and be ready to go.
“We’ve had a decent season, we find ourselves in a good position, but we want to be as high up the table as possible and not stop until we get to where we want to be.
“As I say, it’s a massive period coming up and we need to pick up as many points as we can, we know we’ve got the squad and a team that can go on a really good run, like we’ve done previously, and I have no doubt that we’ll do that.
“Nobody lets anybody get ahead of themselves, we’ve got a very humble squad, we’ll work as hard as we can and that’s what has got us success in the past, so that won’t change. We know we’re a good team, but it’s okay saying it, we need to go and prove it week in week out and that’s what we’ve been doing, so long may that continue.
“We need to keep this going, we’ve been here before and we know how much every point means in this league, so we’ll fight for every point. We know we’ve got the quality to get points everywhere we go, Middlesbrough is going to be a tough game, but it’s down to us to go there and get the job done.”