Alex Neil believes Middlesbrough will be ‘gutted’ about being held to a 1-1 draw with Preston North End on Tuesday after spurning a whole host of chances to seal a much-needed win, in quotes reported by The Gazette.
For the first time, there were audible doubts about whether Jonathan Woodgate was the right man to lead Boro forward after a 4-1 home defeat to Garry Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. That nightmare performance left the North East giants 19th in the Championship table with just two wins in nine games.
But they really should have made it three during an improved display against high-flying Preston at the Riverside.
Middlesbrough had 14 attempts overall with Paddy McNair hitting the post and Declan Rudd making a fine second half save from Marcus Tavernier. Somehow, however, Preston escaped with a point after scoring with their only shot on target via Josh Harrop.
“Middlesbrough have good players. They have been a team challenging to get out of this league in recent seasons. It was a hard-fought game. We can play better,” said the former Norwich City boss.
"The funny thing is, you look at Middlesbrough, they'll be gutted at getting a point tonight and their result at the weekend. We're sitting here as though we're devastated we haven't come to Middlesbrough and won.”
Woodgate will be hoping to build on one of their more impressive performances of his reign and the season is still young. After all, who saw Norwich winning the league when they were struggling at the wrong end of the table last Autumn?
But with Middlesbrough averaging just one goal a game, a lack of firepower remains an issue which could really hold them back. No wonder they want Bristol Rovers talisman Jonson Clarke-Harris in January, as reported by Bristol Live.
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