TROU­BLE

Mour­inho’s men ac­cused of post-match row

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in­clude the duo bit­ing each other be­fore re­plays showed it was only a heated clinch.

“I’m pick­ing up there’s some­thing gone on in the tun­nel,” Agnew said.

“That many bod­ies were there, it was hard to tell with all the push­ing and shov­ing.

“What trig­gered it off I don’t know? I’ve got a group of very well be­haved play­ers so I can as­sure you it wouldn’t be one of ours.

“What I would say it would have been a re­ac­tion be­cause of the spirit they have.”

Mour­inho had en­flamed mat­ters be­fore the game by sug­gest­ing he ‘knew the names’ of the play­ers he claimed had been re­spon­si­ble for the de­par­ture of Ai­tor Karanka, his for­mer Real Madrid as­sis­tant who was sacked as Mid­dles­brough boss last week.

The Por­tuguese headed down the tun­nel at the fi­nal whis­tle with­out ac­knowl­edg­ing his op­po­site num­ber, though Agnew con­firmed the pair had shaken hands in the tun­nel af­ter­wards.

“Was this jus­tice for Karanka?” Mour­inho said af­ter see­ing his side ex­tend their 18-game un­beaten league run to end a 19week stay in sixth by climb­ing to fifth, two points ahead of Arse­nal and Ever­ton.

“I think jus­tice for Karanka is the work he did here, peo­ple can never delete that. He took the club from the brink of League One to the Premier League.

“I know what I’m say­ing, he could have left for a big­ger club and yet he stayed then in the end he loses his job.

“De­spite all that’s hap­pened, I still think he’ll be un­happy we have won, be­cause he wants this club to stay in the Premier League.”

Mid­dles­brough’s hopes of achiev­ing that aim look in­creas­ingly slim af­ter an 11-game three­month run with­out a league win.

They at least ended their

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