Southgate hails Boro show

11 March 2007 10:27
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate was full of praise for his players after they earned a 2-2 FA Cup sixth round draw at home to Manchester United. Boro will face a replay for the fourth round on the trot, having looked set to make it through to the semi-finals before Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the penalty spot with just over 20 minutes left. Southgate said: "We pushed them all the way and we are still in there fighting. "We have got to remember they put their strongest side out, that is a mark of the respect they have for us as a team. "United caused us some problems in the first half when they produced some outstanding play. It was a bonus for us to get a goal just before half-time. "We now have to go and win at Old Trafford and that is something we have done twice in the last five years. "We have played so many games in the competition this season, we could have been at Wembley twice. "I cannot praise my players enough. United were outstanding in the first half and we were not at our best. "But we did not sit back in the second half. Most people wrote us off, but we came close to turning United over."

Source: ESA

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