Tony Pulis says he hopes Boro's bad fortunes are over after another unlucky defeat, but says his side can help themselves by being more on the front foot.
"I'm disappointed again for the players who have worked so hard again," he said.
"But we've got to be more clinical in the final third.
"There are players in this team who I think are very, very good players, but sometimes their first look is sideways or backwards.
"I've had a word with them afterwards. There are times when we could have crossed the ball or put it forward into pockets. Even their goal has come from a counter-attack when we've got the opportunity to cross.
"It's a fortuitous goal they've scored, it's a nightmare for us in respect of the players don't deserve it, exactly the same as against Fulham.
"I just hope it's all the bad luck out of the way, because that's what it's been. You can't legislate for that."