Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro V Southampton

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boro V Southampton

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Know the form Boro

Boro's form has been erratic of late, but they've lost just two games at home in the Premiership all season and need to maintain their fine form at the Riverside.

Steve McClaren's men have still drawn too many games at home, especially following UEFA Cup matches.

So McClaren will be looking to change the trend, despite the flow of injuries.

The Boro boss is without at least ten of his senior professionals and this is the main reason why the team has struggled for consistency in 2005 - though Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could make a surprise return tomorrow from the knee injury that kept him out on Thursday.

Hasselbaink's presence would be a massive boost, especially as one or two players have occasionally looked a little jaded after European games. But this is the team's last game until April, so there's no excuse for failing to produce a mammoth effort.

Bernie says

It's back to the bread and butter tomorrow and we need all three points.

Some people may think it's a formality, but Southampton are fighting for their Premiership lives and we will have to battle if we are gonna win it.

They've also got a big man up front in Peter Crouch and big men always cause up problems in the air at the back.

Camara's another danger man who scored a couple of goals against us for Wolves.

But it's what we do that matters. If we really want to win it, despite all our injuries, then we will win.

Southampton suffered a bad defeat at the hands of Man United last week. We have to put pressure on them before they have a chance to recover.

We don't have a great record after European games, but this time we have to win.

Know the form Southampton

Aside from the FA Cup debacle against Manchester United last week, Harry Redknapp has made relegation-threatened Southampton resolute and pretty hard to beat.

They are unbeaten in their last four matches and last time out they grabbed three precious points with a 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Creditable draws against Arsenal and Everton mean Redknapp's troops have a chance of avoiding the drop.

But Saints haven't won away from home in the Premiership all season so Boro must take advantage of this if they are to get their hopes of European football next season back on track. …

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