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Boro earn Southgate praise

20 March 2007 08:08
Gareth Southgate paid tribute to the efforts of his Middlesbrough players after they pushed Manchester United all the way before losing an FA Cup sixth round replay 1-0 at Old Trafford. A controversial Cristiano Ronaldo penalty 14 minutes from the end of normal time ended Boro's hopes of a semi-final spot, but Southgate had few complaints over his side's performance. He told the club's official website: "It hurts, there were a lot of disappointed and frustrated players in the dressing room but that's cup football, one decision can turn things. "It's been a hell of a run for us but ultimately disappointing. We've pushed them all the way, not just tonight but over two games. "We didn't play as well as we might have done in the first half in an attacking sense, but there was some incredible defending. "In the second half we passed the ball and opened them up a bit, but in the end we didn't quite have enough to win it. "The performance of my team was outstanding, they pushed the best team in the country all the way and I'm very proud of what they've done."

Source: ESA