Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Vents Fury as Team Throw Away Lead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boro Boss Vents Fury as Team Throw Away Lead

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BOLTON WANDERERS 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 2 ANGRY Boro boss Aitor Karanka said his side's display in the 2-2 draw at Bolton was the worst since he had arrived.

Boro let slip a two-goal cushion in a scrappy second half at a rainlashed Reebok Stadium to surrender what looked a comfortable lead.

They capitalised on two defensive mistakes by Bolton but the home side pulled one back before the break and then the Boro side cracked in the final minute as the home side piled on the pressure.

"We did not play well at all," he said. "It was a draw but it felt like a defeat.

"They gave us two goals from the sky and from there we should have been comfortable and we should have held on but, again, we let in a goal late on.

"We did that often when I first came but had done well in the recent matches to keep clean sheets.

"Slipping back to that and losing concentration was a big disappointment".

But the boss admitted that he was happy with Boro's return of 10 points from four festive fixtures that has moved them to within six points of the play-offs a fortnight after flirting with the drop spots.

"If you had said to me before we went to Millwall that we would take 10 points from those games I would have been happy, obviously," he said.

"But it is a sign of progress I suppose that we do feel angry after only getting gone point.

"The team is not complete. We are making progress. And I am happy in the way the team is working and learning."

Boro took the lead on nine minutes following a howler in the Bolton defence.

Albert Adomah crossed and defender Knight cut it out, then stumbled over the ball and an alert Main stole it and back-heeled for unmarked Mustapha Carayol to curl a low 20-yard effort beyond the diving keeper and inside the far post. Bolton almost levelled two minutes later as Mason wriggled into box from the right and, when Gibson tackled, the loose ball squirted to unmarked Pratley on the edge of the box - but with time and space he sent his low shot a foot wide. …

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