Adam Clayton: Middlesbrough are in a false league position

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Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton has insisted that his side will not give up hope of Premier League survival until it is mathematically out of their reach.

Agnew's side are six points adrift of safety having failed to win in the league for nearly four months, while they have scored just 22 goals - two fewer than Everton's Romelu Lukaku.

"We've been in most games and only been pipped by that extra bit of quality that you need to have".

He said: "I couldn't be more proud of the group of players, they gave every ounce of energy over 94 minutes".

Middlesbrough are in grave danger of being relegated to the Championship yet have one of the best defensive records in the league, conceding only 37 goals. You have to keep believing.

"We have to believe we can do it".

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"The gap hasn't been getting any bigger, but now we are getting to the stage where we need to win". If we don't, it will be goodnight. We need to get a win as soon as possible and change the face of it.

Sixth-placed Arsenal have won just one of their last five league games and will be hurting after a 3-0 defeat to 16th-placed Crystal Palace earlier this week.

Gibson only signed a new long-term contract last summer but Boro know they'll have no chance of keeping hold of him if they go down while a move could still be on the cards even if the Teeside club manage to avoid the drop. "That's what we'll do we will prepare for Bournemouth and go down there with plenty of confidence".

"We have to make our own luck".

However, the report does state that several of the elite clubs in English football - including Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur as well as Chelsea - are keeping a close eye on the centre-back's situation, although given the tough negotiator that Boro Chairman Steve Gibson is, an offer in the region of £30m is likely to be required from any side interested.

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