Assombalonga throws his support behind Woodgate


Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga says the squad are fully behind manager Jonathan Woodgate despite their poor start.

Assombalonga and co are locked in a relegation battle at present after only picking up 13 points from their first 16 matches in the Championship.

Woodgate’s men have drawn three of their last five to ease the pressure, including a 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers last weekend but they are still two points from safety at present.

Middlesbrough’s last win came in the middle of September when they downed Reading 1-0 and the Riverside faithful are growing uneasy at the lack of wins on the board.

The majority of Woodgate’s squad will remain on Teesside during the international break, and Assombalonga is ready to work hard and ease the pressure on the former Leeds United defender.

He told the Northern Echo: “I’m sure this two weeks will be full of hard training sessions to make sure we’re ready for after the break.

“He’s always positive. The manager is always positive. If we’re bad, then we’re bad, and he lets us know. But when we’ve played well, like we did (at QPR), he praises us. He tells us to keep working hard.

“He’s a great guy, a great manager, and everyone respects him. Everyone wants to work hard for him.”

Boro will look forward to a double-header at home once the Championship resumes after the international break. They face Hull on Sunday November 24, before taking on Barnsley three days later.