Southgate slams Boro boos

15 March 2009 11:19
Gareth Southgate hit out at some "disrespectful" Middlesbrough fans after they turned on his players during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Portsmouth. The struggling Teessiders looked on course for another morale-sapping defeat until Marlon King's injury-time equaliser secured what could be a vital point in their battle to avoid relegation. But after several Boro players were jeered by unhappy home fans during the game, an angry Southgate turned on the boo-boys. "It's one of those situations where I'm going to get slaughtered whatever I say, so I'm going to say what I believe," he said. "Some of the chants were disrespectful to the rest of the team. The crowd are right to laud (Sanli) Tuncay's efforts but we'll win and lose as a team. "The other lads may not have been as eye-catching but they were making important saves, blocks and interceptions. "It's hurtful for a lot of the other players. We will survive as a club and as a town by everyone pulling together." Meanwhile, Southgate questioned the decision of referee Martin Atkinson to send off Matthew Bates for diving after showing the defender a second yellow card. "He's an excellent referee but it was a strange decision," added the Boro boss. "But it changed the course of the game because the crowd then came back behind us. It could be a crucial point and we're still in there fighting."

Source: ESA