Middlesbrough boss pleased with his side's progress despite worrying run

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Middlesbrough currently sit just one point outside the relegation zone.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Speaking to reporters during his post-match press conference, Boro boss Aitor Karanka claimed he is pleased with the direction in which his side are going, despite their poor run of form, as quoted by the club's official website.

The Teesside outfit lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea yesterday, and now find themselves sitting perilously in 15th position in the Premier League table, after a run that has seen them win just once in their last 10 outings.

Karanka is optimistic with regards to his side's fortunes, however, and told reporters how he is pleased with their progress, as quoted by MFC.co.uk:

"We played, and once again we showed everybody that we can compete against the best teams in the league and, unfortunately, one mistake punished us. I'm really pleased with the attitude of the players, because the way we have been performing in the last month, month and a half, we are heading in the right way."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor KarankaMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka

Whilst Karanka's men have put in numerous credible performances, especially during their draws away at Arsenal and Manchester City, it is their lack of goals that will be the most concerning aspect about the season so far for their fans.

Alvaro Negredo looks a long way off of the pace, and Karanka will seriously have to consider moving for a proven goalscorer during the January transfer window if he wants to help drag his side away from the relegation mix.

Next up for Boro is a hugely important match against the Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and Bournemouth manager Eddie HoweMiddlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka 

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