Southgate frustrated by stalemate
Boro manager Gareth Southgate is pleased with his side's performance despite only managing a draw against Reading.
By Laura Slatcher
Last Updated: 01/12/07 10:01pm
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is pleased with his side's performance despite only managing a draw against Reading on Saturday.
His side had gone a goal down at the beginning of the second half after Dave Kitson lobbed young goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.
Substitute Tuncay Sanli pulled a goal back for Boro on 83 minutes but they failed to capitalise on late chances to take the victory.
Southgate is satisfied that his team bounced back from the home defeat to Aston Villa last week but admits it was frustrating at times.
He said: "We needed a response today and we got that. We very nearly threw the game away which was very frustrating.
"Having gone in at half time 0-0 we still thought we could go on and win the game which was why it was so frustrating to go 1-0 down.
"It was a poor goal from our point of view. It happened to us last week and again today.
"Whether you defend well up to that point, those sorts of goals shouldn't happen.
"We battled and scrapped, matched their energy and commitment, but it's an important point."
Southgate had particular praise for midfielder Adam Johnson who had a lively game and was pleased to see Tuncay score his first goal for the club.
"I thought he was a threat throughout, certainly in the first half he caused a lot of problems out wide.
"It was a terrific cross from Young, Tuncay waiting for him to get his first goal. And you can see from his reaction how much it meant to him.
"We need our strikers to have a bit more confidence. They caused problems today and at least they got a goal to reward the hard work they've put in.
"What other teams do is of no importance, we've got to make sure we start to pick up points and winning games and showing our character.
"We've got to keep driving on and stick together as a team."