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Southgate - I won't quit

Boro boss targets five wins for survival

Last Updated: 07/02/09 8:36pm

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Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has vowed to stay on as manager despite their current slump.

Boro find themselves in the bottom three after going 13 games without a win and they slipped to another defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.

Southgate has found himself under increasing pressure, but the former England international insists he will not step down and he has targeted five wins to secure survival.

"There is no chance of me walking out on this challenge," said Southgate. "I am not shirking my responsibility.

"The fortunate thing for us is that the league is so tight but we probably need five wins to stay in the division.

"It would be easy to be critical of our finishing but you have to remember Given produced some brilliant saves," said Southgate, who confirmed central defender Chris Riggott will need a scan after limping off with what appeared to be a twisted knee.

"It is frustrating because I thought we did the majority of things right. We are not where we are because of performances like that.

"The players just need a break but the positive thing is we don't have anyone ducking the challenge. No-one is hiding."

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