Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Do Better

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

We Must Do Better

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Byline: Philip Tallentire

There was "massive disappointment" in the Boro dressing room following Saturday's home draw with Portsmouth, Chris Riggott confirmed today.

Steve McClaren's men have taken just five points from a possible 15 in Premiership fixtures at the Riverside so far this season in a sequence that has frustrated both fans and players.

Riggott admits the team's failure to win on home turf could scupper their hopes of pushing for a Champions League place.

He's also mystified as to why impressive away performances like those seen at Aston Villa and Birmingham City can't be replicated on home soil.

"No disrespect to Portsmouth, but Saturday's game was one we looked to take three points from," said Riggott.

"We feel we should be winning those games. I don't want to take anything away from Portsmouth, who battled incredibly hard, it was a game we need to win, but they were tremendously organised.

"They defended well but we need to be good enough to break them down so not winning was a massive disappointment for everyone in the dressing room.

"It's not good enough, the home form this year, that's there in black and white, and we need to address that," he added.

"We tried to start that on Saturday by getting the win. It's disappointing we can't get the victories at home. We go to places like Villa and win but that seems to be wasted.

"One home win from five Premiership games is not good enough. We can go and get wins at Villa and Birmingham and beat Arsenal at the Riverside but we need to be winning home games to make those away wins count.

"Maybe it's a bit of apprehension at home, I don't know. I can understand how frustrating it is for the fans.

"We can't be a bad side. You don't get those two away wins and beat Arsenal at home if you are. …

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