Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boro in Mood to Spike Gunners

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boro in Mood to Spike Gunners

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Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott insists tomorrow's Carling Cup clash with Arsenal is not a make-or-break game for his club.

Boro take a 1-0 lead into the second leg and are tantalisingly close to a trip to Cardiff next month, with a first-ever major trophy firmly in their sights.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has promised to again rest the bulk of the side which secured 4-1 Premiership and FA Cup fourth-round victories over Boro either side of last Tuesday's defeat, and hopes are high of another famous result.

However, even if the lead is lost and Arsenal progress to the final, Riggott believes the rest of the season should not be written off.

"It's far from over," said the 23-year-old former Derby defender.

"We've got plenty to play for still. We want to be pushing for the top eight in the league, and depending on the circumstances of other teams, that can sometimes be an outside European spot.

"With the quality of players we've got in the squad, I think we're underachieving if we don't get into the top eight. …

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