One mis­take cost us, says Karanka

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Lon­don: Mid­dles­brough man­ager Ai­tor Karanka says his team showed they can com­pete with the best af­ter they lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea, with “one mis­take” that led to Diego Costa’s goal the only dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides.

It was Costa’s 10th goal of the sea­son moved Chelsea top of the Premier League as their sixth straight win saw off Mid­dles­brough at the River­side Sta­dium. Af­ter an even start, Chelsea upped the tempo and de­servedly led at the break when Costa re­acted quick­est to drill in a loose ball in­side the Boro box. The Blues con­tin­ued to cre­ate chances, Pe­dro go­ing clos­est when he smacked a ris­ing drive against the cross­bar. Boro’s best chance came when Al­varo Ne­gredo’s 78th-minute vol­ley was saved. It was the only time the home side forced Blues keeper Thibaut Cour­tois into a se­ri­ous stop as they lost for the first time in four matches. Chelsea leapfrogged Liver­pool and Manch­ester City to go a point clear, while Boro re­main one point above the rel­e­ga­tion zone in 15th place.-BBC

Ai­tor Karanka.

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