Chris Powell has challenged his players to reproduce their home form on the road.

Town head to Middlesbrough on Saturday seeking a third straight Championship win after seeing off Bolton Wanderers and Watford at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Nahki Wells, James Vaughan and Joel Lynch sealed the 3-1 win over Watford which lifted Town to 15th while fourth-placed Boro drew 0-0 at Reading.

Powell, who hopes to make progress on new signings this week, said: “We obviously like it at home.

“We have to do our best to transfer this type of performance to away games.

“We want to start looking up rather than down. We are three points off the top half of the table, and we need to have a target.

“We have tough games at Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic coming up, but Watford was a tough game and we came through it with flying colours.

“Let’s see if we can pick up points on the road now, because these payers are good enough to do that.”

On his bid to bolster a squad which was last week shorn of Danny Ward and Adam Hammill, who have joined Championship rivals Rotherham United (both started Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Brentford), Powell said: “We’ve not managed to get any across the line.

“Hopefully we can make some headway this week.

 

“Given that players have gone, we need one or two who know this level.

“Options are vital. Any manager would say that, and we do need a striker.

“We’ve got two good ones but we didn’t have one on the bench on Saturday.

“We are light in that department, it’s no secret.

“There were a couple of Under 21 players among the substitutes on Saturday in Matt Crooks and Phil Billing.

“That is good for them, but it also shows we need some experience.”