Middlesbrough boss Karanka upset by mistakes

Middlesbrough's manager Aitor Karanka.
Middlesbrough's manager Aitor Karanka.

AITOR Karanka slammed Middlesbrough’s multitude of individual errors during their 3-0 defeat at Bournemouth.

 Boro were woeful at times at the Goldsands, Bournemouth’s high tempo and pressing affecting the visitors from the off.

“We made a lot of individual mistakes,” Karanka told SportMail afterwards.

“When you play against this kind of team and are making mistakes, it is impossible to win a game, especially when you are losing your confidence and consistency in every single ball.

“I felt the first five, ten minutes that it was going to be a very difficult game.

“You have to ask the people who made the mistakes, but I don’t like to speak about individuals because we are in this high position because we are a team.”

Yann Kermorgant opened the scoring from the penalty spot and Brett Pitman rounded off the victory with his successful conversion from 12-yards after Harry Arter, scorer of the second goal, was allegedly tripped by Grant Leadbitter.

There were suggestions that Arter had dived and Karanka was angered with several of the referee’s decisions.

He added: “A lot of the referee decisions I couldn’t understand. The penalties are the main thing, but also free-kicks and other situations.”

The defeat bookended a week that seen the Teessiders beat promotion rivals Ipswich and Derby. “This week has been good,” the head coach reflected, with Boro sitting in third place and just a point off new leaders Bournemouth.

“We have six more points and now we have two weeks to prepare the last seven games.”

“We are in a very good position and we are having a very good season and we have to keep going in the same confidence.

“We can forgot (about the defeat) now. We have to think about the future.”