Southgate defiant despite draw

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Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate was maintaining a defiant stance after his side was denied a vital victory by Fulham.

A 0-0 draw at the Riverside Stadium left the Teessiders still inside the relegation zone with just five games to play, and the next two against Champions League semi-finalists Arsenal and Manchester united.

However, Southgate is refusing to throw in the towel and said: "Everybody will look at our fixtures, as we have said for a few weeks, and feel that we are gone, but we are still just managing to hang in there."

He added: "You just don't know what can happen in football, you really don't.

"All the teams we play have got something to play for, so they have got their own pressures.

"The one thing we know is that we are going to fight right through and see where it takes us.

"We would have loved the three points, but I have always felt we would probably need to go to Newcastle and win, and that looks like it is still going to be the case.

"But who knows what might happen between now and then because we are not just going to sacrifice the next two fixtures.

"We have got to go and try to get something from them, and we have done in the past couple of years."

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