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Southgate slams "disrespectful" fans

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Gareth Southgate accused the Middlesbrough fans of being "disrespectful" after they targeted his players during the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth.

Southgate's side had been heading for defeat after Peter Crouch's first-half volley until Marlon King's injury-time equaliser secured a possible lifeline for Boro in their fight against relegation.

And the boss said: "It's one of those situations where I am going to get slaughtered whatever I say, so I'm going to say what I believe. Some of the chants were disrespectful to the rest of the team."

Boro fans had booed several players and started chanting "We've only got one player" - in reference to Turkish striker Tuncay, who had an impressive game. But Southgate was unhappy with the reaction of the Riverside fans.

"The crowd are right to laud Tuncay's efforts but we will win and lose as a team," he said. "The other lads may not have been as eye-catching but they were making important saves, blocks and interceptions.

"It's hurtful for a lot of the other players. We will survive as a club and as a town by everyone pulling together."

Southgate said he could not understand Matthew Bates' dismissal for a second yellow card, given by referee Martin Atkinson for diving. But he said that had been the turning point of the game.

Southgate added: "He is an excellent referee but it was a strange decision. But it changed the course of the game because the crowd then came back behind us.

"It could be a crucial point and we are still in there fighting."

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