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Cup victory pleases Southgate
25 Jan 2009 - 10:37:36
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate was delighted to see his side leave Molineux with a 2-1 FA Cup fourth round victory over Championship leaders Wolves.
Goals from Afonso Alves and Marvin Emnes secured Boro's place in round five, with Southgate hoping that progress in the cup can translate into an improvement in league form.
He said: "I think it is important to win, because in the last two years we have made the quarter-finals twice and it has coincided with our league form improving.
"A lot of people expected us to get turned over and that it would be hard for us to get a result because they have got momentum and a league position and we haven't got that at the moment. But that didn't happen.
"It was a big ask, as we had a young side out there, but they responded to everything that was thrown at them and that is great credit to the group of players.
"There was some really good attacking play from us. The first goal in particular was a great move and we also had a couple of moves similar to that.
"That will give the lads confidence and, of course, hitting the back of the net is something we have not done too often enough of late, but what is pleasing is that we are still creating chances."