Middlesbrough are now just 4 points above the relegation zone after falling 1-0 to Reading at the Riverside Stadium in the English Premier League on Saturday. This was a relegation 6-pointer with Reading also threatened with relegation woes.
Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate though rues his side’s inability to hold on until the end of the match. James Harper scored a last-gasp winner against them and Southgate is frustrated at this.
We were finishing the game quite strongly and looked more of a threat than they did in the last 15-20 minutes.
But I thought we went chasing at a time when perhaps we just needed to see it through.
We had a spell of pressure but once they were in our half we needed to get people behind the ball instead of going and selling ourselves.
It’s a real disappointment at the end because we’ve had a good run and to concede so late and give it away at home is hard for us.
Credit to Reading, they’ve been on a horrendous run and you knew that had to end some time.
It looked like they’d get a point, which I’m sure they’d have been satisfied with, but we didn’t do our job in the last minute of the game and it’s cost us a point.
But that’s just how Middlesbrough’s season has been and the Riverside club are still not safe yet from the drop.