CAT­TER­MOLE COMES THROUGH FOR CATS IN IN­JURY-STRICKEN GAME PULIS: BORO MUST BE RUTH­LESS

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TONY Pulis says his Mid­dles­brough team need to be more ruth­less in front of goal af­ter squan­der­ing the chance to go top of the Cham­pi­onship.

Boro let a lead slip in the 1-1 draw away at strug­gling Hull. Britt As­som­ba­longa scored the open­ing goal of the game but Jar­rod Bowen’s penalty en­sured the match fin­ished level.

But the Teessiders could and per­haps should have taken all three points as Aden Flint, As­som­ba­longa and Ge­orge Friend all miss­ing good op­por­tu­ni­ties to score be­fore the hosts got the equaliser.

The re­sult means Boro drop to third when a vic­tory would have seen them go top.

Af­ter the game, Boro chief Pulis out­lined the need for his team to take their chances when they get them.

“We need to get more goals,” said the Welsh­man.

“We have to take the chances in the fi­nal third and be more clin­i­cal.

“You’ve got to be 100% every game, but to­day I didn’t think we con­trolled the ball enough. We had some great chances.

“But af­ter we got that first goal, we had chances to get more and take the game but we didn’t.

“We just need to be more clin­i­cal and I think we are get­ting there slowly.”

Pulis was also unhappy about the award of Hull’s penalty in the sec­ond half.

Daniel Ayala was ad­judged to have fouled Chris Martin, but Pulis ques­tioned ref­eree Darren Eng­land’s de­ci­sion.

“Their lad is very clever for the penalty,” Pulis added. “He ac­tu­ally steps in Danny’s line for the ball.

“You can see why the ref has given it but there’s one later on for us when Martin Braith­waite goes down and is pushed and that was more of a penalty than theirs was.”

Mean­while, Mid­dles­brough will host Premier League side Crys­tal Palace in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The tie, which will take place in late Oc­to­ber, will see Pulis go up against one of his old sides.

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