McClaren believes in Boro battlers
Thursday 17 March 2005
The Middlesbrough manager, Steve McClaren, believes his side are capable of reaching the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup despite being 3-2 down as they go into tonight's second leg of their last-16 tie against Sporting Lisbon at the Estadio Jose Alavalde. McClaren also has to cope with nine players missing through injury.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Mark Viduka, George Boateng, Michael Reiziger, Ray Parlour, Ugo Ehiogu, Gaizka Mendieta, Malcolm Christie and James Morrison are all unfit. But McClaren has some reason to hope his side can overcome a deficit which would have been worse if goals from Joseph-Desire Job and Chris Riggott had not reduced the deficit in the closing 11 minutes of last Thursday's first leg at the Riverside.
"Things happen for a reason in life and in football, and at 3-0 down and with Sporting playing so well, we looked down and out," McClaren said. "But the players showed tremendous character, kept going, never gave up and scored two late goals which have given us a chance."
McClaren, who is looking for "one of the biggest results in the club's history", confirmed that he will start with two up front in Job and Szilard Nemeth.
Latest in Sport
- 1 'Women should not laugh in public,' says Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister in morality speech
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc