Ryan Shotton concerned over Middlesbrough’s failure to kill off opponents

After Middlesbrough once again failed to put away their chances vs Hull, Ryan Shotton has voiced his concern at Boro’s failure to kill teams off.

‘There is a concern at not killing opponents off, yes’

Speaking after Hull, Shotton stated:

“At Hull it was one of those days where unfortunately we didn’t seal it when we went a goal up.

“There is a concern at not killing opponents off, yes.

 “We’ve spoken about it a lot this week.

“We know exactly what we’ve been lacking. We’re not denying it and we’re not shying away from it. “

 “We’ve got to put it right on the pitch, and take advantage of the size of centre-halves we’ve got.

“We should be scoring and getting plenty of chances to score each week from set plays, and we haven’t done enough of that.

“It’s good that we keep them out at the other end.

 “The stats show that’s the first goal we’ve conceded this season from a set play and it’s a penalty.

“We’re brilliant one end and we’ve just got to improve in the final third by getting touches on the ball and getting that bit of luck.

“It’s the last piece in the jigsaw and we’re not far away from getting it right.”

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)

Middlesbrough’s lack of goals

Middlesbrough currently sit 3rd in the Championship, just one point off top spot.

However, that is largely due to Boro’s superb defensive record.

Boro have let in just four goals in 10 league games this season, an excellent record that is the best in the Championship.

At the other end of the pitch though, they are not doing so well.

In 10 league games this season, Middlesbrough have scored just 12 goals.

Only Swansea City have scored less in the top half of the table.

It is also nowhere near the amount Leeds and West Brom (1st and 2nd), have scored this season.

They have scored 20 and 25 goals each, amounts Boro should be aspiring to if they want to win automatic promotion.

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