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Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Shawcross bolsters fortress

Stoke City 1 Middlesbrough 0

Delap throws lifeline to Stoke as Boro look sunk

Stoke City 1 Middlesbrough 0

King rescues rotten Boro from hostile reception

Middlesbrough 1 Portsmouth 1

Southgate only looking towards Boro's future

Gareth Southgate admits Middlesbrough deserve to be in relegation trouble – but claims their past performances are now "irrelevant". Southgate wants his side to focus entirely on their remaining 10 Premier League games and not dwell on where points might have been lost in games gone by. Boro face fellow strugglers Portsmouth in a key game at the Riverside Stadium today before travelling to Stoke for another crucial encounter next week.

FA Cup glory will not be sacrificed, says Southgate

The manager of Middlesbrough, Gareth Southgate, will not allow the club's fight for Premier League survival to take precedence over their dreams of FA Cup glory. The Teessiders are languishing inside the relegation zone without a win in 14 League games. They face title contenders Liverpool at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday well aware that a failure to end that record could leave them in even deeper trouble.

Fearful Boro fans count cost of Alves’ failure

Middlesbrough 0 Wigan Athletic 0

Watson in his element with Wigan 'buzzing'

The Wigan Athletic midfielder Ben Watson is confident he made the right decision in choosing the Latics over Middlesbrough in last month’s transfer window. Boro had agreed a £2m fee with Crystal Palace and the 23-year-old had undergone a medical and was on the verge of settling personal terms when Wigan made their interest known.

Cup offers Southgate relief from miserable league run

Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, says he is focused on reaching a second Wembley final in the side's history when they face West Ham in the FA Cup today. The former England defender insists he is not fearful that he could be sacked following a run of 13 Premier League games without a win.

Southgate backs 'hungry' King to taste success

Gareth Southgate, the Middlesbrough manager, believes Marlon King's "hunger" to succeed will have a positive effect on his new team-mates in their survival battle. King joined Boro on loan until the end of the season from Wigan and will be in the squad for tonight's Premier League game at Chelsea.

Southgate hopes points win will follow knockout

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Emnes eases the pressure for Boro

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Middlesbrough bid for Watson accepted

Midfielder Ben Watson is poised to join Middlesbrough from Crystal Palace, who have accepted a £2m bid for the player.

Baggies enjoy overdue change of Fortune

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Koren double puts Southgate on the brink

West Bromwich Albion 3 Middlesbrough 0: Midfielder helps lift West Bromwich off the bottom and forces Boro's manager to admit results have put his job at risk

'Staying at Boro will help Downing,' says Pogatetz

The Middlesbrough captain, Emanuel Pogatetz, is convinced winger Stewart Downing can attract the interest of top-four clubs by staying at the Riverside.

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