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Steve Agnew: Positive Start Despite Defeat

Posted: Sun 19 Mar 2017

Head Coach's view...

Steve Agnew says there was plenty to build upon from Sunday’s match at the Riverside, despite defeat to Manchester United.

Rudy Gestede ended Boro’s 510-minute search for a Premier League goal as the Teessiders chased down United’s 2-0 lead, but the game’s fourth goal ultimately fell to the Red Devils through Antonio Valencia.

“We’re disappointed to lose the game - the second goal set us back a little bit,” Agnew said.

“But in terms of the players, I couldn’t be more proud of their fighting spirit.

“If we show that commitment and intensity until the end of the season, we have a real chance of staying up.” 

Agnew admits it was a relief to see Boro find the net, but feels another for the home side would have been merited. 

“It is a relief to get a goal, but we didn’t quite get a bounce of the ball and the equaliser,” he said.

“On the balance of the game at that time, I thought we deserved it.”

The Head Coach spoke of his pride to take charge of Boro, having replaced Aitor Karanka on Thursday.  

“It’s a club I have a big affection for,” he said.

“I love the people in the area, the passionate crowd and north east football. It’s a pleasure to be in charge of a team and see them respond like they did.

“I know in the coming games we’ll take that same fighting spirit.”

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