Agnew takes positives from Boro performance despite draw

Date published: Sunday 2nd April 2017 5:37

Steve Agnew was encouraged by Middlesbrough’s performance as they came away from Swansea with a point.

On a weekend when Hull, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Watford were winners in the bottom half of the table, the draw did little to ease either side’s relegation worries.

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough have another huge relegation clash on Wednesday when they travel to Hull.

Injured pair Gaston Ramirez and Fabio could both be doubts for that game after being forced off at the Liberty Stadium.

But interim manager Steve Agnew says his players will be encouraged by the nature of their performance.

“We came here to win and we’re disappointed we’ve not come away with the three points,” Agnew said.

“But the attitude and intensity of the players was there for all to see and that will hold us in good stead for Wednesday night.

“The players were a little bit flat initially when they came in after the game.

“But they will gain confidence and belief from the performance and we’ll take that in to Wednesday night. It’s good that the game comes round so soon.

“They were a threat from set-pieces, but we were solid and we were dangerous when (Adama) Traore took the ball up the pitch and (Rudy) Gestede and (Alvaro) Negredo combined.

“It just didn’t quite drop for us in the box, but I saw lots of things we can take encouragement from.”

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