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Southgate: Hasselbaink great for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate knows Cardiff City striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will be looking to make a splash on his return to the Riverside tomorrow.

"We saw in the last round he still has the ability. One chance and it is in the back of the net," said Southgate. "He was terrific to play with, an excellent professional with terrific drive and tremendous desire to win and score goals, which is not always the case with all centre forwards.

"He was one if you won 4-0 and he had not scored he would sulk all the way home on the bus. He was a leader in the dressing room demanded the best from everybody.

"Steve signed him for our first year in Europe because of his experience on those type of nights and his goals played a big part getting us back in Europe as well. He was going through a run of games without scoring and we kept saying he would get one when we needed it and against Manchester City he did it when it mattered.

"Some young players would not like it because he is demanding I love playing with players like him and Paul Ince because you knew they would set high standards.

"If you can't cope with it from a team-mate you can't cope with it from 30 or 40 thousand every week. They set standards and they make you realise how important it is to win matches.

"For me it was difficult not to renew his contract because I played with him but I felt it was right and he understood. He has shown he can still score goals and we will have to be at our best to keep him out."

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