Southgate calls for bravery

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Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has told his players they must be "brave and be bold" if they are to win their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League.

Struggling Boro travel to Bolton on Saturday desperately needing to end their run of eight consecutive away defeats.

They may have already been written off by many, but Southgate said: "I understand that people will think we are gone, and in some ways that probably helps us because we feel that we have nothing to lose and everything to gain."

He added: "We feel that we can give ourselves a great chance of staying up if we can win our next match at Bolton.

"If we are going to do that we have to be brave and be bold. We have to go there and play the kind of football which can get us out of trouble."

Boro are second-bottom, four points from safety, and have won one of their last 18 league games.

Goals have been hard to come by - they have scored just 21 times in the league all season - and Southgate acknowledged that needs to change.

"We know that we have to score goals if we want to stay in this league," he said. "We have created lots of chances this season but our problem has been putting them away.

"We know that we have goal-scorers in our squad and we will have to make sure that we utilise them fully in the last eight games."

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