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Southgate calls for unity
26 Sep 2006 - 12:31:44
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is determined to improve the club's fortunes after watching his side struggle in the first few weeks of the season.
Saturday's home defeat to Blackburn left Boro just above the relegation zone after managing only one win - against Chelsea - in their opening six Premiership encounters.
"There's lot to take on board and everybody wants to give you the benefit of their experience," Southgate admitted.
"I have to be strong enough to stand by what I believe in because I think those beliefs will see us through.
"We finished 14th last season, so there's plenty to be done. I think that's been overlooked because of how we did in the cups. Nobody is under any illusions now as to what needs to be done.
"I have to be conscious that things are a bit difficult for us at the moment, but we have to stay together.
"We have people to come back in which is important for us. This time last week we were delighted with the way things were going.
"We're six games into the season and I'm conscious that people are looking at me and that's possibly putting more pressure on the team."