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Gibson grateful to Middlesbrough fans

Steve Gibson has paid tribute to the Middlesbrough faithful who have so fervently supported their team.

The chairman described the supporters as the team's "12th man" and was particularly impressed by the backing the players received in the crucial games against Arsenal and Derby.

"Rarely has the description about supporters being the 12th man been more appropriate than in describing the wonderful backing our fans have given the team over the last few games," said Gibson to the Evening Gazette.

"I thought they were tremendous at the Riverside during our memorable win over Arsenal, while I was delighted to see over 2,000 of our fans at Derby for what turned out to be a hard-fought success.

"They not only turned out in numbers, but gave us non-stop support throughout the game, a fact I am sure the players appreciated.

"People ask me if I am disappointed with our attendances," added the chairman. "I would love to see a full stadium again and we will do all we can to win back the missing fans.

"However, it's a fact that for a town of our population it's extraordinary that we get the crowds that we do.

"The fans who do turn out have a vital role to play for us. As pleased as we were with the victories over Arsenal and Derby, no one within the football club is kidding themselves that we have come through what has been a difficult period.

"However, I am convinced that if we all continue to be as supportive as possible then there is no doubt it will give the team an extra edge during the forthcoming games."

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