Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STRACH SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT FORMULA; Manager's Verdict

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STRACH SEARCHING FOR THE RIGHT FORMULA; Manager's Verdict

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Byline: ERIC PAYLOR

GORDON Strachan reckons Boro have plenty to work on after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro took the lead through Leroy Lita's fifth-minute strike, but failed to press home their advantage as the game wore on.

And after seeing Forest grab a deserved second-half equaliser through substitute Rob Earnshaw's free-kick, Strachan had few complaints with the final result.

He said: "I'm happy with the way we started the game and the first 30 to 35 minutes, but not happy with the rest of the game.

"The two games we played before this (defeats to Plymouth and Crystal Palace) I felt we could have won, but the most likely team to win this game was Nottingham Forest.

"I thought the back four and goalkeeper Brad Jones played well but the most important thing in football is to score goals and I don't think we were much of a threat to be honest.

"Our retention of the ball was poor and when we got it back we rushed things, so you struggle from there. …

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