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Dimi Konstantopoulos Cools 'Hero' Talks After Leeds Performance

Posted: Wed 17 Feb 2016
Author: MFC

Keeper reflects on Leeds draw...

Dimi Konstantopoulos refused to be drawn on him being the night’s ‘hero’ after the 0-0 draw at Leeds on Monday.

Konstantopoulos was impenetrable in the Boro goal as Aitor Karanka’s side kept a first clean sheet in four games.

“I don’t think I’m the hero, I just try to help the team,” said the keeper. “It was a hard game, we knew it was going to be. 

“It was a tough game but we had chances and it could’ve gone either way had we took one of ours. 

“If one went in it could’ve been a different game and could have won it. So I’m happy with the clean sheet.”

It was an eventful encounter in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with chances missed for both sides and a sending off for Ben Gibson to boot.

“From a neutral perspective it was an entertaining game and it was always going to be,” said Dimi.

“Towards the end, even though we had the more chances and looked more likely to score, we had to tighten up at the back with the sending off because they would come at us.”

Dimi had come under some criticism following last week’s draw away at MK Dons, after the home side’s opener slipped from his grasp.

But his performance was crucial to Boro earning a point on Monday, after he made a miraculous stop to deny Souleymane Doukara’s header from finding the net.

“I think I got a fingernail on it,” said Dimi when asked about his save from the header. “I did what any keeper would try to do and luckily I saved it. 

“It’s the privilege of the job, you have to take it as it comes. After the draw last week and the last few games when we didn’t have a clean sheet it was important to get confidence back. 

“We created chances and maybe we’re a bit unlucky at Leeds but we’ll be ok. 

“We’re a demanding bunch of lads and the dressing room was full of disappointment afterwards because we want to win every game.”