Tony Pulis believes Middlesbrough ‘need to get more goals’

Middlesbrough vs Hull

After Leeds United dropped points on Friday evening, Boro had the chance to go top of the league on Saturday if they beat Hull.

Hull were 21st in the league coming into the game and it should have been a fairly easy three points for Boro.

However, their lack of goals would once again come back to bite Middlesbrough.

After some good pressure, Boro did take the lead in the 51st minute thanks to Britt Assombalonga.

But Boro would have several other good chances and fail to take them.

Hull would then win a penalty in the 69th minute it and convert it to make it 1-1.

The game stayed that way and Boro once again dropped points because they failed to take their chances.

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)

‘Sometimes you can fall a little bit short’

Tony Pulis commented upon Boro’s lack of goals in his post-match press conference:

“Every game you play is going to be tough and you have to be on it 100%.

“I don’t think we controlled the ball enough in the first half, although we had a couple of opportunities. They played past us and squeezed us, which is decent, give them credit.

“But when we got the goal, again we had chances to get the second goal. Get that and you win the game.

“Having said that, Flinty has hit the bar, Jonny has had a header where the keeper has made a great save. We just need to be more clinical.

“We’ve got Rudy and Fletch now who had 90 minutes this week, so that’s two other options.

“We’ve got Martin (Braithwaite) and Stewart (Downing) off the sides as well, so we’ve got options there. We just have to make sure they’re bright enough.

“Britt got his goal, that’s fantastic. But we need to get more goals. We’ve had more opportunities again today.

“We have to take them and be more clinical. The lads work hard, they’re a good group and they try to do their best. Sometimes you can fall a little bit short.”

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