Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate has urged his players to ‘stand up and be counted’ following another blank for his team this weekend.
Boro drew 0-0 with Fulham at the Riverside in what was a solid but unspectacular performance from the Teeside club. However, manager Woodgate was keen to echo the frustrations of fans when it comes to scoring goals, admitting his team need to be better.
Speaking to the Teeside Gazette, Woodgate said he was feeling the exact same as many of the Boro fans were at the moment.
“I get frustrated. (The players) have got to stand up,” he said.
“I’ve been at stadiums before when fans have got frustrated with me. Do you know who puts that right? Yourself. You look yourself in the mirror, you dust yourself down and you get on with it and prove people wrong, that’s what all of our players should do, prove people wrong. Listen, the fans frustrated but I get frustrated as well. But we need to start scoring,” Woodgate added.
Boro have only scored 11 goals this season, the lowest in the Championship this season and are currently hovering just above the relegation zone in the table.
The lack of goals is a concern for Woodgate given the amount of attacking players he has in his side. The likes of Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga are proven at this level, but both have failed to deliver this term so far.
Woodgate appears to be being given time by chairman, Steve Gibson. He took over from Tony Pulis towards the back end of last season and will be hoping the next international break gives him chance to work with his players and get things right through the winter.