Jonathan Woodgate's message to ‘unbelievable’ Middlesbrough supporters and Assombalonga after QPR draw
Jonathan Woodgate praised the ‘unbelievable’ Middlesbrough supporters who travelled to QPR after an eventful 2-2 draw with Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
After taking the lead through Britt Assombalonga in the 23rd minute, the visitors fell behind before half-time courtesy of a Nahki Wells finish and Jonny Howson own goal.
Yet the away supporters from Teesside stuck by their team in the pouring rain and were rewarded when Assombalonga equalised in the second half.
Woodgate has received some criticism in recent weeks with his side now on a nine-match winless run.
Yet the 1,149 Boro supporters in London could be heard chanting Woodgate’s name, even when their side were 2-1 down.
“They were unbelievable,” said Woodgate when asked about the Boro fans after the game. “We were getting beat and they were shouting my name.
“It's fantastic. It's brilliant. They've got to be with us and they are with us, that's the encouraging thing.
Woodgate then went on to talk about so-called ‘keyboard warriors’ on social media.
“The players are not getting booed, I'm not getting booed. Okay, social media has the odd thing, but you get on with that.
“These are the real fans. How do you know who they are on social media, they could be Newcastle fans, Sunderland fans, Hartlepool fans, we don't know who they are do we?
“Keyboard warriors. These are the proper people. They come down here to QPR to watch the game, then travel home in the rain supporting the team, clapping us off.”
Woodgate also praised striker Britt Assombalonga after the frontman ended a five-game goal drought.
“I’ve been telling him to stay confident because he will score goals,” added Woodgate. “I’ll back him no matter what – I’ll always back my (number) nine.
“He’ll always score goals and that showed. I thought he was terrific today. Him and (Ashley) Fletcher were very good together, and I thought we played well.
“There was an offside goal at the start which wasn’t offside, and I thought we should have had a penalty. They’re decisions aren’t they. We all make mistakes, it happens.”