Southgate slams dire Boro

10 March 2008 07:16
Gareth Southgate has warned Middlesbrough that they need to win back the respect of the supporters after they lost to Cardiff City in the FA Cup sixth round. The Teessiders produced a dismal performance in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to the Championship club at the Riverside Stadium and afterwards the Boro boss admitted his players deserved every bit of criticism set to come their way. Boro would have been only the second Premier League team - after Portsmouth - in the hat for the last four and would have earned a Wembley semi-final date. "We are massively disappointed," Southgate told the club's official website. "We have to hold our hands up. Cardiff were the better side right through and we didn't perform on the day. "We just didn't do it. We haven't performed well enough. Cardiff out-performed us and we can have no excuses. "We are going to get slaughtered - and rightly so. We have to take it on the chin. The fans are rightly disappointed and angry. "The only way we can answer the criticism that is bound to come our way is on the field. "I've lost football matches before and I'm still here to tell the tale, but our response to this defeat is very important. "We have to get our pride and the respect of our supporters back."

Source: ESA