O'Neill Believes Boro Are Set For Safety!

Last updated : 03 April 2009 By Boro Mad
Gary O'Neil (talking to the Evening Gazette): "We know we are in a difficult situation, but I've been in worse than this before and stayed up. So I know that our situation is far from lost.

"When I was at Portsmouth we were eight points adrift with ten games to go.

"Everybody had written us off, but we still had that belief in ourselves, just like we do here.

"I can remember the Prozone stats guy at Portsmouth saying that our work-rate was lower than that of the other teams that we played.

"There was an immediate reaction in the dressing room. We showed the drive and the passion to raise everything and suddenly we were outworking other teams.

"I don't think our work-rate is low here at Boro, but you can always find that bit extra, even if you believe you are giving your all. That's what we have to do here.

"We have to be mentally strong, toughen up a little and give a little bit more in games to make sure that we get results.

"Nobody here wants to go down.

"The Premier League is where we want to play and that's why we have to get the results we need.

"If we are going to do that, we have to toughen up and tighten up at both ends of the pitch.

"That means scoring more goals, but everybody knows that."