Boro seek to reassure Alves

03 December 2008 09:05
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has urged Afonso Alves to keep the faith as he bids to end a barren spell in front of goal. The club transfer record £12million Brazilian has netted just three goals in 16 appearances for the Teessiders this season. But Southgate believes the striker will soon be rewarded for his recent hard-working displays. He said: "He wants it to happen and we're desperate for it to happen for him. "He has got to keep practising on the training ground, get into good habits and things will happen for him." Alves passed up chances to win last weekend's goalless derby with Newcastle United, but the Boro boss is not unduly concerned about his form. The former Heerenveen striker has failed to find the net in his last five games. "He's desperate to do well and he's desperate to score goals, but he has to continue doing the things he did on Saturday," added Southgate.

Source: ESA