Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TURNING POINT; Win Could Kick Start Season - Aliadiere

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TURNING POINT; Win Could Kick Start Season - Aliadiere

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JEREMIE Aliadiere believes Boro's shock win over Arsenal could provide a turning point for the club's season.

Boro fully deserved Sunday's 2-1 triumph at the Riverside as they moved out of the relegation zone and inflicted the Premier League leaders' first domestic defeat.

Aliadiere savoured the victory more than most after playing a major part in toppling his old side and feels the only way is up now for Boro.

"It was a great game, a great atmosphere and I'd been waiting for it all season," said the 24-year-old.

"I was delighted to get three points and from the start we worked really hard and got the penalty.

"When you are 1-0 up after a few minutes it gives you a bit of confidence in the teamand that helped us to keep working hard for the rest of the game.

"The players, the fans, themanager, everyone had the same target and we did it.

"We have beaten a team who are top of the table and were undefeated so it will build a lot of confidence in everyone."

Aliadiere reckons he produced his best game in a Boro shirt against Arsene Wenger's side.

And he said Boro's big win further justified his decision to swap bench duty at the Emirates Stadium for regular first-team football on Teesside.

"I think it was maybe my best performance in a Middlesbrough shirt," he said.

"I'm very pleased. Obviously I would have liked to score a goal, but I created a penalty and worked really hard and Iwas verymotivated towin and give everything I've got.

"Not that I don't normally but it gave me a little bit extra to play against my old team.

If I was at Arsenal I could have been on the bench or starting on Sunday but I don't really think about what could have happened.

"I'm happy to be at Middlesbrough and get out of the relegation zone and build from there."

Aliadiere was also delighted to see rejuvenated strike partner Tuncay score for the second match in a row. …

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