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Middlesbrough keeper Jason Steele calls for team effort

Jason Steele
Steele has been ever-present since making his debut in August

Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele has called on his team-mates to address the club's disappointing defensive record so far this season.

The Teessiders have conceded 24 goals in 14 Championship games, and lie second from bottom with just three wins this campaign.

"It's down to all 11 of us, you defend from the front," Steele told BBC Tees.

"It's down to everyone involved on a match day to win games and keep clean sheets and we've got to address that."

Steele has been a near ever-present for the club this season, playing all but one league game under former boss Gordon Strachan, and retained his place for Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Bristol City - the first game in charge for new boss Tony Mowbray.

Wales international Danny Coyne has been unable to regain his place since featuring in the opening day defeat by Ipswich, with the Newton Aycliffe-born stopper, who made his full debut in August's Carling Cup defeat of Chesterfield, the preferred choice.

"Without a doubt, personally I'm ever so grateful to Gordon," Steele added.

"For him to give me my chance so young was absolutely massive and I can never thank him enough.

"But it's a new start, a new manager and I've got to try to impress him and keep myself in the team."

Steele, who joined Middlesbrough as a 13-year-old, has emerged as an international prospect since making his first-team bow this season, earning an under-21 call-up for England to face Portugal and Lithuania in September.



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