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Progress pleases Southgate
13 Apr 2008 - 13:45:40
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate believes his side is making great strides forward after watching the Teessiders come from behind to draw 1-1 at Tottenham.
Boro's recent form has lifted them clear of any relegation danger after looking in grave danger of the drop in the first half of the campaign.
Southgate is pleased with the improvement since Christmas, saying: "I'm pleased we showed a never-say-die spirit, it's hard to come from behind away from home.
"But we've got to start turning those one points into three points because if we had we'd be sitting in a very healthy position now.
"We could have won and that's probably the next step for us. We shouldn't be happy leaving with 1-1 because today was a good opportunity to win.
"The first-half performance looked like end-of-season mode and that's not acceptable. If we're going to change as a team and as a club, performances have to be like they were in the second half.
"Maybe we did feel the season's ending and we can just turn it on at home. Well we can't, things are changing at this football club.
"We've had a good record over the last 15 games or so and we're making steps forward, which is important. We've got to finish strongly, we've still got the opportunity to move up and we want to do that."