'Difficult Atmosphere' At The Riverside!

Last updated : 02 February 2009 By Boro Mad

He knows the fans are frustrated, because the fans know what the outcome is going to be if we continue to struggle against relegation rivals.

If we cannot beat Blackburn at home ... and get hammered off West Brom away (the two sides we share the relegation places with) ... what next?

Southgate: "I have got to say it wasn't pretty, it wasn't the result you would have liked, but I am bloody proud of what they have done because they are a young group, they have come in in difficult circumstances and it was a difficult atmosphere for them to deal with.

"I have played here, the fans are fantastic. They are frustrated and it sometimes puts added pressure on the team.

"I have said to them I don't like the stick any more than they do - I'm getting it in the neck, they are, but so what? We will deal with it.

"We will come through it, we will answer all the criticism, we will continue to give absolutely everything we have got and at the end of the season, we will make sure we stay in this division.

"If we can do that with the age of the squad we have got and with everything we have had to deal with, then it will still be a reasonable achievement."