Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Monk Is Impressed with Boro Display

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Monk Is Impressed with Boro Display

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GARRY Monk tipped his Middlesbrough team to end their recent slump after being impressed with their performance against Bournemouth in the EFL Cup.

The Teessiders have endured an indifferent start to the Sky Bet Championship season following relegation and find themselves in 13th position on the back of a sixgame winless run in all competitions.

The latest of those came on the south coast on Tuesday night, as the Cherries progressed to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory over the Teessiders.

After 20-year-old Bournemouth centre-back Jack Simpson had volleyed the opening goal, the Premier League side were briefly pegged back when Boro teenager Marcus Tavernier struck his first senior goal.

But despite the Cherries finding the back of the Boro net twice more, Monk was still impressed with his side's efforts.

"We've had criticism in recent weeks and quite rightly so, we haven't performed at the levels we know we're capable of," Monk said. …

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