Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heads Held High !

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Heads Held High !

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

Goal hero Bolo Zenden today reflected on Boro's gradual rise into a Champions League place by insisting: "We ain't done nothing yet!"

The hard-earned win over West Brom lifted Boro into fourth place in the table, only the third time in the club's history they've been so high in the Premiership this far into the season.

Boro fell away previously in the New Year, but the new generation are determined to end that cycle of under-achievement.

Zenden said: "We definitely have the team to do well.

"We set out from the start to finish in the top six. Fourth is in the top six and we're pleased to be up there, but there's such a long way to go.

"We have to be at our best and on our toes in every game. The medals are only given out on the finishing line."

Zenden added: "If we had been offered fourth in the Premiership at this stage we'd have taken it.

"There are a lot of games to be played and a lot of good teams coming up.

"But if we keep doing things right then we should be able to keep the run going. It's pleased everyone the way we have started."

Zenden is relishing his new free role in the centre of midfield and has rewarded Steve McClaren by going on a scoring spree. His nonchalant match-winning header at the Hawthorns was his fourth goal in five games.

The flourishing partnership with compatriot George Boateng has proved to be a cornerstone of Boro's march up the table and it allows the manager to play Stewart Downing on the left-flank.

Zenden admits he much prefers occupying the centre ground.

He said: "The thing is I've got the licence to get forward.

"And when you've got a guy like Mark Viduka up front he keeps the ball at his feet and I can get into the box to support the forwards."

The Dutchman is now eagerly awaiting Saturday's clash with Liverpool at the Riverside Stadium.

He added: "It's an important game, but they all are. You always want to win your home games and that's what we need to do. …

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