Pogatetz: We can cope with drop threat

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Middlesbrough skipper Emanuel Pogatetz is refusing to be bowed down by the fear of relegation.

Boro eased themselves out of the drop zone with last Saturday's superb 2-0 win over Liverpool but hopes that they had started a long climb away from trouble were dashed four days later when they were routed 4-0 by beaten Carling Cup finalists Tottenham, a result which plunged them straight back into trouble.

But Pogatetz is convinced the experience of the club's two successful fights to retain their top-flight status will stand them in good stead and said: "In the last two seasons, we had to secure our Premier League safety in the last three or four games, so there is always pressure. This season, it's the same. Maybe our position is a little bit worse than it was before, but not a lot."

He added: "We have been in this situation for quite a while now and the last couple of seasons, we have always hovered above relegation.

"We can cope with this situation. Of course, it's not a nice feeling to come in every morning knowing you are in a relegation place.

"But every player is giving his best, and also the staff, to get out of there, and that's all we can do."

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