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Alves leaning on Middlesbrough pal Downing for goals success

Afonso Alves sees his success at Middlesbrough linked to the service he receives from winger Stewart Downing.

The Brazil striker told Boro's website: "Stewart is a young player but he already has a lot of experience and of course is a full international with England.

"He can clearly cross the ball very well and I'm looking forward to playing alongside him more, as I am with all the players.

"If I am starting games regularly then I am confident I will score goals. If Stewart or my other team-mates can help me do that then that will be good for me and for the team."

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