Riggott plea to Middlesbrough fans

Middlesbrough defender Chris Riggott has pleaded with the club's faithful to play their part in a Premier League fightback for the Teessiders.

Boro needed Luke Young's 52nd-minute piledriver to snatch a point from Saturday's home clash with fellow strugglers Tottenham.

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The Teessiders left the field with boos ringing in their ears despite ending a run of five successive defeats, four of them in the league, and sit in 16th place in the table, only a point better off than managerless Wigan inside
the relegation zone.

He told the Evening Gazette: "It was important to stop the rot, which we did, although perhaps some of the fans didn't appreciate it.

"I won't criticise the fans. They have every right to say what they feel. It is only a small section, but the players hear them.

"However, it is only their way of showing the frustration that we all feel at times - and at least those fans making the noise are turning up for the game.

"They show commitment and, whether they boo or jeer, we know they want us to do well.

"And it cuts both ways - we have to perform well to lift them."

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