Jonny Howson gave his view after Boro's 4-0 defeat to Leeds United on Saturday.
It was an unhappy return to Elland Road for the former Leeds man, but one which the player feels Boro must not dwell on.
"It's tough to take," Howson said.
"It was alway going to be difficult, but coming to a place like this against a team that is doing well you want to hold them out as long as you can and frustrate them, and that obviously wasn't the case.
"We were starting to get a bit of a foothold in the game towards the end of the first half and then the second goal on the counter was a sucker punch."
"We're disappointed that we couldn't build on the win in midweek today but all we can focus on is our next game."
Watch the full interview with Jonny Howson in the video player above.