Tuesday, 25 July, 2017

Middlesbrough won't give up the fight for survival, says Steve Agnew

Middlesbrough must believe in Premier League survival - Gestede Leicester to enter battle for Boro defender Ben Gibson
Spencer Simpson | 19 April, 2017, 01:33

After their three-goal dismantling at the hands of Crystal Palace succumbed them to their third Premier League loss in their last five games, Arsene Wenger's side now find themselves seven points in arrears of the top four.

But Clayton is still convinced Boro are not one of the three worst sides in the Premier League, even though they have yet to win under Steve Agnew and are on a 15 match winless run.

He said: "If you asked the other teams, 'Are Middlesbrough one of the three worst teams in the league?', I don't suppose many would say we are".

However, Agnew takes inspiration from the exploits of Sunderland and another of his former clubs, Leicester City, following their miraculous escape the season before they won the top-flight title, as precedents he is confident that Middlesbrough can follow.

He said: "I couldn't be more proud of the group of players, they gave every ounce of energy over 94 minutes".

"The gap hasn't been getting any bigger, but now we are getting to the stage where we need to win". "Arsenal have conceded goals, particularly away from home in recent weeks, and that gives us confidence".

Agnew thought a key point in the game came at 1-1 when Daniel Ayala's close range header was saved by Petr Cech.

Arsenal travel north to Middlesbrough to face the relegation-staving side in desperate need of a win.

Gestede told the club's website: "We have to believe we can do it".

"When they did go for it, like against Hull, they got picked apart, and I can see that happening again if they open up against Arsenal".

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