Riggott feels for fans

Boro defender can understand frustration

Riggott: Won't criticise fans

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Chris Riggott has admitted he can understand the frustration of Middlesbrough supporters.

Boro halted a run of five successive defeats on Saturday as Luke Young's excellent strike rescued a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

The players were still greeted by boos at the final whistle as the result left Gareth Southgate's side just one point above the relegation zone.

Riggott believes there were positives to take from the game, but accepts that he and his team-mates must do more to give the supporters something to shout about.

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

"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. We have to perform well to lift them."

Double boost

Defenders Robert Huth and Emanuel Pogatetz could make their returns from injury in a reserve team game on Tuesday.

Huth, who has made just 14 appearances for Boro since joining from Chelsea in August 2006, has been out all season with an ankle problem.

Pogatetz underwent surgery on both knees during the summer, but is now ready to step up his efforts to reclaim a place in the side.