Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss in FA Cup Clash War Cry

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Boss in FA Cup Clash War Cry

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Gareth Southgate will tell his players to go out and express themselves in tonight's FA Cup replay against Hull City at the Riverside.

The Boro boss is delighted with the recent run, which has brought just one defeat in the last six.

He is trying to progress through a more attacking style of football, and wants to see the team build on their two big wins in the Premiership.

Southgate told the Evening Gazette: "The important thing tonight is to get through, but I have been saying for a long time that we want to attack teams and score goals.

"In the last two games in the league we have been able to do that at home and away.

"We want to continue to develop the belief in the players to express themselves and that they have the support of the manager and the coaches to do that.

"We have had chats with the players and reassured them that is what we really want, because we know we have the players to cause teams problems.

"We want to attack, the fans want us to attack, and so there is only one thing to do."

Boro scored three goals against Sheffield United on New Year's Day and then another three at Charlton on Saturday. Sandwiched in between was the 1-1 draw at Hull.

Southgate said: "Anybody who was at the first game would know we created enough chances to have won it, but you have to take those chances.

"We have given Hull another chance. We have got to make sure we have the same attitude, the same level of commitment as we showed down there.

"We should win it if our attitude and performance is good, but we have no divine right to go through.

"Anything can happen in cup football, but the one thing we are not at this club is arrogant."

Top scorer Yakubu atoned for a hat-trick of misses on Humberside with a stunning finish at The Valley and with Mark Viduka in the kind of form that has left both his manager and the club's fans pleading with him to sign a new contract, Southgate knows what a threat his front two pose. …

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