George Friend: Middlesbrough must comeback stronger after break

Middlesbrough lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday in what was perhaps their worst showing of the season.

As a result, Boro left-back George Friend believes Middlesbrough need to come back stronger after the international break.

‘When we come back there is a whole load of games to bounce back in’

Speaking after Forest, Friend stated:

“Does it bother me that we lost? Of course it does. It isn’t something you can just shrug off. It hurts. It is really disappointing.

“Can I switch off on a Saturday night? No, not really. Not after we’ve lost.

“You need a winning mentality in professional football and anyone who can be happy or satisfied after we’ve lost is in the wrong game.

“I’ve got two kids, a one year old and four year old, and they don’t really care if we’ve lost or not and so that makes a difference at home.

“You have to try to be normal and upbeat but personally, yes, it stings when we have lost.

“It doesn’t matter that it is ‘just one game’ or you where you are in the table. It still hurts.

“But everyone should keep their heads up. You can’t be going home after one result and thinking all is over. We have to stick together.

“Ideally it would have been nice to have a midweek game to get over it quickly but we haven’t and so you have to deal with it.

“When we come back there is a whole load of games to bounce back in and we have to be ready for them.”

DERBY, ENGLAND – APRIL 21: Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Middlesbrough at iPro Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Misfiring Middlesbrough

After their 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough are still faced with the same problem that has troubled them all season, failing to take their chances.

Boro are currently 4th in the league and just three points off top of the table, Sheffield United.

However, their goals scored is simply not good enough.

In 12 league games, Middlesbrough have scored just 14 goals.

That record is simply not good enough if Boro want to challenge for promotion this season.

This is evidenced by the fact that the three teams above Boro have all scored considerably more.

Sheffield United, West Brom and Leeds United have all scored 21, 31 and 22 goals compared to Boro’s dismal 14.

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