Jonny Howson says the international break will give Boro chance to regroup after defeat at Aston Villa.
Today's 3-0 loss at Villa Park was a third in succession for Tony Pulis' side.
"We weren't at the standards we set today," he said.
"When you come to a place like this and a side playing as well as they are, you get what you deserve.
"It's obviously been a very poor week for us.
"We probably need the break now to regroup and get back together."
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