One of their big-money signings, Massimo Maccarone, played his part yesterday with the opener in the eighth minute, and Szilard
Nemeth doubled the lead in the 32nd minute.
Southgate said: ``There has been a fair bit of banter between myself, Ugo and Szilard
at the Boro training ground in the last few weeks but he is an excellent player.
The free transfer from Celta Vigo spared the blushes of Maccarone and Szilard
Nemeth, who missed a glut of chances, with Boro's late winner.
Boro will be without Ugo Ehiogu, Alen Boksic and Mark Wilson through injury, but there are hopes that striker Szilard
Nemeth will return.
Slovakian striker Szilard
Nemeth is set to miss out for the second week in a row with the hamstring strain he picked up in the Carling Cup win over Crystal Palace.
Nemeth is desperate to convince boss Steve McClaren he is worth a new deal at Middlesbrough.
MIDDLESBROUGH boss Steve McClaren hailed his side's 1-0 Barclaycard Premiership win overTottenham as their most important of the season after watching substitute Szilard
Nemeth claim three valuable points.
England scraped through in Bratislava after falling behind to a Szilard
Nemeth goal and the Middlesbrough danger man will be keen to make himself at home again.
NEMETH is convinced England's Euro 2004 qualifying campaign will get off to a nightmare start.
Nemeth is set to miss the trip to Stamford Bridge after suffering a hamstring injury during the Carling Cup victory.
A terrible mix-up in Coventry's defence allowed Szilard
Nemeth to open the scoring on four minutes.
Both goals resulted from setplays,Joseph-Desire Job scored the first from close range and Szilard
Nemeth netted the clincher with Fulham substitute Barry Hayles grabbing a consolation in injury time.
Ugo Ehiogu and Colin Cooper (both knee), Szilard
Nemeth (hamstring) and Michael Ricketts (Achilles) have all been having treatment this week but manager Steve McClaren will hope to have most, if not all, of them fit.
And I was pleased to see Szilard
get his first of the season.
Nemeth capitalised on a mistake by Dean Leacock to open the scoring with his second goal of the season after three minutes.