Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: WE'LL PUT IT RIGHT; Southgate's Vow after Home Horror Shows

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: WE'LL PUT IT RIGHT; Southgate's Vow after Home Horror Shows

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Byline: By ERIC PAYLOR

FRUSTRATED Boro boss Gareth Southgate today promised to end the ongoing Riverside nightmare.

Boro have suffered three bad home defeats in a row but the rookie boss insisted: "I know what needs to be done."

Southgate showed a different side to his character on Saturday by blasting his players in an explosive dressing down at half-time following a lacklustre start against Blackburn Rovers.

The team's performance improved in the second half but Boro still ended up losing 1-0 -and slipping into fifth bottom position in the Premiership.

Southgate told the Evening Gazette: "It's the first time I've had to question the attitude shown.

"We allowed Blackburn to have a comfortable afternoon in the first half and were fortunate to still be in with a chance.

"It was difficult for everybody but you feel different as a manager.

"There's lot to take on board and everybody wants to give you the benefit of their experience.

"I have to be strong enough to stand by what I believe in because I think those beliefs will see us through.

"We finished 14th last season, so there's plenty to be done. I think that's been overlooked because of how we did in the cups. "Nobody is under any illusions now as to what needs to be done."

Boro never got out of the blocks on Saturday and Southgate admitted: "I was concerned after about 20 seconds, because the first thing we did was take the kick off and kick the ball straight into touch. That raised concerns straight away."

Only for a spell in the second half did Boro look capable of getting back into the game, but in the end they were outworked by Blackburn.

Southgate said: "I have to be conscious that things are a bit difficult for us at the moment, but we have to stay together.

"We have people to come back in which is important for us. …

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