Southgate Unsure Where To Play Bates!

Last updated : 11 March 2009 By Boro Mad

Crosby is hopeful that the 22-year-old will be ready to face Pompey, despite Bates' time on the treatment table, having picked up a knock at Goodison Park after a block challenge by Phil Neville which led to him being replaced on 72 minutes.

Malcolm Crosby: "We've been delighted with Matthew Bates' contribution in midfield, but I still believe that he is a very good defender.

"He's an intelligent footballer and he understands what's needed wherever you play him, and adapts immediately."