Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen expects goals to flow

Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen

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Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen is confident he can now help play a leading role in his side’s promotion push following his hat-trick against Millwall on Saturday.

The Belgian moved to the Riverside on loan from Genk in September but failed to score in his first 12 appearances, before grabbing three goals in the 5-1 victory at the Den.

Vossen’s haul came as part of an extremely impressive performance from fourth-place Boro, which saw them close the gap between themselves and leaders Derby to just two points and they’re now 5.00 to win the Championship this season.

In the build up to the Millwall game, the 25-year-old had publically bemoaned his bad luck in front of goal, vowing to break his duck following a string of near misses.

Next Saturday sees the Teessiders take on the Rams and they will be looking to record a third-straight victory to aid their promotion bid, with them currently priced at 2.50 to go up.

Vossen admits he had started to grow frustrated by his inability to find the net during his loan spell but feels that after breaking his duck, he can now score the goals required to help Aitor Karanka’s men challenge for top spot.

“I knew my biggest quality was to score goals and I tried to never hesitate,” Vossen told BBC Tees. “The longer it takes the more difficult it gets.

“I was always working 100% to get the in the team, and it was up to me to take the chances. I could have seven or eight goals if I’d had some luck, and hopefully this can free me.”

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