Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sign off in Style - Richie

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sign off in Style - Richie

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Continued from Back Page frustrating and very hard to explain," said Smallwood.

"I know we say it all the time but games really are about fine margins. In the first half of the season maybe we were getting those fine margins going our way, getting late goals and winning 1-0 or whatever.

"The second half of the season just hasn't fallen for us really. At times I think we've just been a little bit unlucky.

"What makes it worse is that for the second season in a row that we've been right up there in the top two at Christmas then seem to have lost our way.

"We need to learn the lessons and make sure we get it right next year, make sure we can sustain it over the whole season and make sure we get into the Premier League."

But Smallwood, who has scored three in 26 appearances this term, insists this campaign is not over yet. …

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