Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Incensed Karanka Calls Time on Fulham's Tactics; MIDDLESBROUGH 0 FULHAM 0

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Incensed Karanka Calls Time on Fulham's Tactics; MIDDLESBROUGH 0 FULHAM 0

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ANGRY Aitor Karanka has blamed Middlesbrough's Fulham frustration on opposition time-wasting.

Boro laboured through a goalless stuttering stalemate at the Riverside, leaving the simmering Spanish head coach pointing to the Cottagers' negative tactics.

Karanka said: "They were wasting time from the first second and we couldn't play in our style.

"Then after that they were always trying to waste time and the referee allowed them to waste time every single minute.

"I think in the first half we could play maybe only 10 or 15 minutes because it was impossible to play the game and we couldn't change the tempo and the intensity."

Karanka confirmed he spoke to the officials at the break to complain about the persistent delays and was told the issue would be addressed.

He added: "I was speaking to them at half-time and they said they would address it but the second half was more or less the same."

Fulham boss Kit Symons shrugged off the accusation, saying: "Am I bothered? Not particularly.

"They were having a bit of a grumble but it's not something we set out to do.

"If they'd have been one-nil up I don't think they'd have been rushing particularly."

Boro struggled to get going against well-organised Fulham in a game of few chances.

The Cottagers probably had the best of the game's opportunities as Ross McCormack - a former Boro transfer target - found the ball at his feet eight yards out early on but alert defender Dani Ayala came sliding in to block his shot. McCormack had another good effort in the second half but his 20 yard goal-bound effort brought a superb stretching onehanded save from Boro goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Then in stoppage time the Scottish striker had another chance but blazed over from 10 yards. However, they didn't have it all their own way. …

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