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Rudy Gestede urges Middlesbrough to keep believing

19 April 2017

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton refuses to give up hope of survival and believes that one win would help them turn the corner in the closing stages of the season.

After their three-goal dismantling at the hands of Crystal Palace succumbed them to their third Premier League loss in their last five games, Arsene Wenger's side now find themselves seven points in arrears of the top four.

Middlesbrough interim manager Steve Agnew praised the "amazing" effort and attitude of the players, despite their winless streak in the Premier League being extended to 15 matches with Monday's 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.

"It's a massive game and we need to win and we need the three points".

Blues boss Antonio Conte is in the market for a long-term replacement for John Terry and Gibson is certainly in the same mold as the long-serving Chelsea skipper so he'd be an excellent addition as the west Londoners prepare for their return to the Champions League.

"We have to keep believing and keep our chin up. They have shown that one win can literally change lots of things and it can also affect other teams around you in the table, so that's what we aim to do". If we don't, it will be goodnight.

"We pushed them back and your just thinking the ball's going to bounce in the right area", the coach added.

"There were a few chances that could have gone in".

"We have to make our own luck".

Boro's task is likely to be made even tougher by their hard run-in, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool providing three of their final four opponents this season.