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By ESPN Staff

Southgate sounds 'Boro FA Cup warning

Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate has warned his players they do not have a 'divine right' to progress to the FA Cup fourth round.

The Teessiders entertain Hull in a third-round replay tonight knowing they should have finished the job at the KC Stadium 10 days ago, but conscious that any slip-ups on their own turf could prove fatal.

Southgate watched his team win an away game for the first time in 18 attempts since April last year at Charlton on Saturday, and is now looking for exactly the same commitment and attitude against the battling Coca-Cola Championship side.

He said: 'Anybody who was at the first game would know we created enough chances to have won it, but you have to take those chances.

'We have given Hull another chance. We have got to make sure we have the same attitude, the same level of commitment as we showed down there.

'We should win it if our attitude and performance is good, but we have no divine right to go through.

'Anything can happen in cup football, of course, we know that, but the one thing we are not at this club is arrogant.'

Few on Teesside will need reminding of the night in September last year when Southgate, then just weeks into his managerial career, fielded a weakened side against League Two Notts County in the Carling Cup second round and paid the price.

But that is a mistake he is not prepared to make twice.

Southgate said: 'The players will probably want to remind me a bit to make sure I pick the right team.

'They have got nothing to lose in coming to play us, but we want to keep the momentum going that we picked up at the weekend and take than into the game with Bolton on Saturday.'

Boro are likely to go into the game without injured skipper George Boateng, while defender Robert Huth is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a stress fracture of the foot was confirmed.

Southgate is working behind the scenes in an attempt to strengthen his squad, and hopes to add South Korean international striker Lee Dong-Gook to the mix before the end of the week.

He said: 'I do not want to say too much until everything is agreed and we know he is our player.

'He has been training with us, we have had a good look at him and it is something we would like to pursue.

'We would hope something would happen over the next two or three days.'