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Unhappy Woody wants more

17 Jan 2007 - 15:57:46

Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has warned his team-mates that they need to shape up at the back if they want to keep the club on an upward spiral.

The England defender was alarmed that Boro conceded three times in Tuesday's 4-3 FA Cup third round replay victory Hull City at the Riverside.

But the on-loan Real Madrid star believes the club's recent improvement on the pitch could be in jeopardy unless their defending improves.

"No-one likes conceding goals, especially being a defender, but we have got to learn and we are learning," he said.

"We are a young team, we have got a lot of young players in there, but that is three wins out of four and 11 goals, so it is looking up and we have got to take the positives out of the game.

"That's not entertainment for me. At the end of the day winning 4-0 is entertainment.

"Winning 4-3 is a good result, but it does not make me happy.

"When you have got Yakubu and (Mark) Viduka up front, you have always got a chance of scoring goals.

"You are going to get games like that and hopefully we can go into the next game and build on the win."


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