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Boro upbeat despite defeat
30 Dec 2008 - 08:30:02
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate believes his struggling side will take heart from their battling display in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester United.
An out-of-form Boro side remained out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone after going down to a Dimitar Berbatov winner at Old Trafford on Monday evening.
But the manner of the performance left Southgate in upbeat mood.
The Teessiders had lost 1-0 at home to Everton on Boxing Day.
He said: "I thought there were a lot of good things about that performance.
"We were very disappointed how we played on Friday and it was important to restore some pride.
"I thought we were quite bright in a lot of our play, we were very resilient today and our keeper has made some good saves, but generally our discipline in terms of tactics was good.
"Our quality in the final third was what let us down. We got in some good positions and made some good breaks but didn't make the most of the situations we were in and didn't really test the keeper.
"It was an improvement. We knew it was a shot to nothing because only Newcastle have drawn here but today was really about giving a performance that gives us some belief going forward.
"I thought that did, which was important, because it is what we do from here on in that matters."