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