Southgate demands Boro backlash

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Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has ordered his players to give the fans something to shout about as they head into their must-win clash with Hull.

The Teessiders entertain Phil Brown's side at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday knowing anything less than a victory could see them cast adrift at the foot of the Barclays Premier League table.

He said: "The players owe it to themselves and they owe it to the fans to perform much better against Hull on Saturday."

Southgate was furious at his side's capitulation in the 4-1 defeat at Bolton at the weekend, and is well aware they cannot afford a repeat this time around.

He added: "We had a terrific backing from our fans at Bolton and they did not deserve to sit through what was served up.

"We are fighting to stay in this league. We have to be a lot better against Hull. We will have our home fans behind us and it's time to give them something to shout about.

Boro have won just one of their last 19 league games and are in severe danger of slipping out of the top flight.

Their chances have not been helped by a knee injury to skipper Emanuel Pogatetz, who was undergoing a scan today as medics attempted to determine the extent of the damage.

He left the Reebok Stadium on crutches on Saturday evening and there are fears that his absence could extend further than the Hull game.

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