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Boro had gone four games and six-and-a-half hours without a goal, but they showed how much they wanted to fight for Woodgate and were unlucky not to win at QPR's Loftus Road.

Northern Echo

Jonathan Woodgate hailed his ‘walking wounded’ after Middlesbrough’s returning stars helped secure a 2-2 draw at QPR. 

When he spoke to the press three days ago, Woodgate fully expected Darren Randolph, George Friend and Ashley Fletcher to play no part at Loftus Road. However, despite nursing long-term injury problems, the trio all made themselves available for selection, something Woodgate feels is indicative of the sense of commitment and application that exists within his squad.

Woodgate also reserved special praise for Britt Assombalonga, with striker putting last weekend’s horror miss at Derby County behind him as he scored both of his side’s goal. 

Assombalonga opened the scoring with a close-range header before capitalising on Nakhi Wells’ errant back-pass to level the scores in the second half.

“I’ve been telling him to stay confident because he will score goals,” said Woodgate. “I’ll back him no matter what – I’ll always back my (number) nine.

“He’ll always score goals, and that showed. I thought he was terrific today. Him and Fletcher were very good together, and I thought we played well.

“There was an offside goal at the start which wasn’t offside, and I thought we should have had a penalty. They’re decisions aren’t they. We all make mistakes, it happens.”

Teesside Live

Middlesbrough didn't get the win they were desperately seeking in west London but they did put in a much-improved performance. 

Jonathan Woodgate will be pleased with the spirit and determination his players showed but mightily frustrated with the nature of the two goals Boro conceded. 

Finally, he saw his misfiring attack come good only to witness poor defending which cost his side a vital win. 

Nevertheless, he'll be pleased that Britt Assombalonga has ended his goalscoring drought and that his team certainly have the desire to fight and scrap their way out of the relegation positions. 

There still room for improvement but Boro go into the international break with renewed, if cautious optimism.

Sunday Mirror

Jonathan Woodgate may be struggling in his first managerial gig but his Middlesbrough players are certainly fighting for him. Boro are still in the bottom three despite two Britt Assombalonga goals and a battling display. 

However, Woody was feeling the love after Darren Randolph, Ashley Fletcher and skipper George Friend all declared themselves fit despite previously being ruled out.

Yorkshire Post

Boro, third from bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and now without a win in nine matches, drew 2-2 at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, where Britt Assombalonga scored both their goals. 

Woodgate's squad has been ravaged by injuries but he was boosted by George Friend, Darren Randolph and Ashley Fletcher making themselves available to play despite not being fully fit. Keeper Randolph, who was this week included in the Republic of Ireland squad, produced a string of excellent saves.

Woodgate said: "Randolph was out, George Friend was back in training but I didn't think he'd be playing, Fletcher out - they come and knock on my door on Friday morning. They said, 'Gaffer, I want to play. I'm not 100 per cent fit but I want to play for you'. That's top. 

"The situation we're going through at the minute, it's difficult and they could have taken the easy option and not played."


Britt Assombalonga ended Middlesbrough's goal drought with a double as they fought back to claim a point against QPR. 

Boro had failed to find the net in their previous four games, but Assombalonga headed in Jonny Howson's cross to put them ahead in the first half. Nahki Wells responded with an immediate equaliser before Grant Hall nodded Rangers in front on the stroke of half-time. 

However, Assombalonga levelled again 20 minutes from time and a string of fine saves from Darren Randolph ensured the visitors shared the spoils.



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