Football

Southgate happy with derby point

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate was a satisfied man despite seeing his side held at home by derby rivals Newcastle.

The Teessiders fought out a 0-0 draw with their Tyneside rivals on a cold, foggy afternoon as they bounced back from last weekend's 3-1 home defeat by Bolton.

Southgate said: "It was very much a point gained, a hard-earned point, but one we certainly deserved."

He added: "We had the majority of the game, certainly in the second half - it was pretty much one-way traffic for long periods of the second half.

"We allowed them a few breaks and they had a chance near the end which we shouldn't have allowed them to have, but I am very pleased with how we played.

"Sometimes you draw a game and you are disappointed with the performance, but I thought bar the finishing touch, we had pretty much everything.

"We defended solidly, passed the ball well, created not clear-cut chances, but we looked a threat all the time. I am pleased with how we played."

Southgate admitted his heart was in his mouth when former team-mate Mark Viduka, who was booed roundly by the home fans among a crowd of 32,160, went for goal at the end.

He said: "You know what he is capable of. I am not too impressed with him - he has not played all year and then he comes and plays against us. I thought he was supposed to be our mate.

"He is a quality player and he has to accept he is going to get the sort of reception he got. We loved working with him here, he was terrific for us."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2008, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Football
Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Gareth Southgate
Mark Viduka
Middlesbrough

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again