STAT AT­TACK

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! -

BRITT AS­SOM­BA­LONGA res­cued a point for 10-man Mid­dles­brough with a su­perb goal – but their home wor­ries con­tinue.

Boss Tony Pulis was re­lieved his side clawed back a point af­ter Mo Besic’s red card left them a man short for 68 min­utes.

The pro­mo­tion-chasers were bright when they adopted a have-a-go at­ti­tude af­ter the break but As­som­ba­longa’s strike was only their fifth in the last eight home games.

And they have only one win in their last seven league games at the River­side.

Pulis was fum­ing about the red card – for Besic tug­ging Bradley Dack’s shirt – and cursed Boro’s missed chances.

He said: “The ref­eree does not send him off – the as­sis­tant ref and the fourth of­fi­cial did. It is a yellow card not a send­ing off.

“How they make that de­ci­sion is be­yond me.

“You have to be 100 per cent sure it is clear cut deny­ing a goalscor­ing op­por­tu­nity.

“The send­ing off knocked the stuff­ing out of the lads.”

Boro were strug­gling from the off – a goal and a man down af­ter just 22 min­utes.

Rovers for­ward Dack caught Besic in pos­ses­sion and spun off to­wards goal.

But Besic tugged the ex-Gilling­ham man back, halt­ing his sprint to goal and was sub­se­quently given his march­ing or­ders.

There was a dou­ble pun­ish­ment to come. The free-kick looked un­threat­en­ing 32 yards out,

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