Boro boss Tony Pulis was frustrated after his side’s Carabao Cup run was brought to an end in the quarter-finals at home to Burton Albion.
Jake Hesketh scored the decisive goal in the second half for the Brewers to send Nigel Clough’s side into the last four of the competition.
Pulis says there were opportunities in the first half for Boro, adding his side need to be on the front foot to bounce back after tonight’s defeat going into the hectic festive period.
“First 20/25 minutes I thought we played really well and we created some very good opportunities,” he said.
“I think it was four opportunities – three one-on-ones with the goalkeeper and the other one where Martin (Braithwaite) plays a ball across goal for Jordan (Hugill) and we don’t score.
“Then we’ve had opportunities second half and I think Flinty’s (Aden Flint) sums up what’s happening at the club at the moment. We think it’s going to hit the back of the net but it doesn’t.
“They’re really disappointed in there and everyone else will be, but we’ve got to show some character now, we’ve got a really busy Christmas period coming up, a lot of tough games and games we’ve got to do well in.”
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