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Monk: "We weren't ruthless enough."

16 October 2017

Here we take a look at the reaction post-match on Saturday from the opposing manager.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk has expressed his frustration having been held to a 2-2 draw by Paul Heckingbottom’s Barnsley side on Saturday afternoon.

Boro’ twice came from behind to peg the Reds back and found themselves 2-1 down in a frantic opening nine minutes at Oakwell, and despite Britt Assombalonga’s second half equaliser the visitors were unable to turn their possession into a winning goal.

We are frustrated,” claimed the Boro’ boss.

“We came here to try and get the three points and we’ve only managed to take the one. It was a frantic opening where there wasn’t a lot of control from either team, and it’s difficult when you concede that first goal.

“You can’t really be critical about the first goal but the second one was avoidable, it came from a mistake. Unfortunately, that’s happened to us too often, but as always we did respond well.”

Monk says his team must improve on capitalising upon their chances, and was frustrated that their dominance could not win them the three points.

“We totally dominated the game after going 2-1 down, but we weren’t ruthless or clinical enough to build on the equaliser.

“Our urgency improved in the second half, and we created enough to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game, and that’s where the frustration comes from. Our problems in games tend to come from our own undoing, rather than what teams are doing to us.

“Barnsley is a tough place to come. The positive is that we were able to create the chances, and we can take that progress forward into the next game.”

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