Tony Pulis admits Middlesbrough have lost goalscoring touch

Tony Pulis believes Middlesbrough were trying too hard to rediscover their goalscoring touch, as they suffered defeat at Queens Park Rangers.

Middlesbrough have only managed to score three goals in four matches with no victory recorded and the manager is unhappy with the tide of events for the club.

Boro boss Pulis admitted his side have to take the goalscoring initiative again.

He told the Northern Echo:

“We’re better off when we’re really solid, we’ve gone away from that over the last couple of weeks.

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“We’re trying to chase the goals, I think the players have almost reacted to the fact we haven’t been scoring goals, and in their desperation to do so we’ve lost our shape a little bit.

“Playing Britt and Jordan together didn’t work brilliantly, I don’t think we had one shot on goal first half. We’ve got to keep going and we need the breaks.

“We talked to them about the conditions and being right on the front foot in the first half. We knew QPR would sit back and they got quick players up front – they’ll counter-attack.

“We got caught twice making square passes. George Friend lost the ball for their goal deep in our half.

“Of course we are concerned at the gap with the top, but we’ve got to start worrying about winning games ourselves and not what other people are doing.”

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