Woodgate calls on fans
Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate has called on the club's fans to show their support at home games.
By Steven Morrison
Last Updated: 18/09/07 5:00pm
Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has called on the club's fans to show their support by turning up at home games.
The ex-Leeds United man is well aware that his former club are getting the same, if not bigger crowds despite being two divisions below Boro.
The average attendance at the Riverside this season is 25,618 whereas Elland Road has seen an average crowd of 25,923.
And the 27-year-old feels that Middlesbrough need to start playing the style of football which will attract the fans to the Riverside.
"I know it's not cheap getting into football grounds but how many fans do Leeds get a week two divisions below us? They get similar crowds to us," he said.
"We have to play good football for the fans to come in.
"The manager wants us to play flowing football, we enjoy playing it more, and that's how we are aiming to build.
"Hopefully we will bring in more fans by the football we play.
North East derby
Middlesbrough host North East rivals Sunderland at the Riverside this weekend and, with a big crowd expected, Woodgate's team-mate George Boateng says it is up to the team to perform.
"I don't want to disrespect Sunderland and we know playing them will be much harder because it's a derby game," he said.
"Last time we under-estimated Sunderland, when they came here they hadn't won yet in the league and we thought they would just roll over and it didn't happen."