Bates backs Boro boss
Defender confident Strachan can turn things around
By Ben Collins. Last Updated: October 4, 2010 10:34am
Bates: Backing Strachan
Matthew Bates has backed manager Gordon Strachan to save Middlesbrough's season.
Boro threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Portsmouth on Saturday and go three games without a win.
That left Boro in 18th place 10 games into the new season after being among the pre-season promotion favourites and the pressure is mounting on Strachan.
But Bates, who opened the scoring with just his second career goal, is confident the 53-year-old ex-Celtic boss has the composure to lead Boro out of their slump.
"We're right behind the manager," he told the Sun.
"He is a proud man and that's why he has got to where he has in his career. He doesn't let things affect him.
"We're in this together and, as a group of players and staff, we must get out of this situation.
"We can't keep making excuses and be relying on good fortune. I don't think we're far away but we could do with a turning point."