Tony Pulis blames himself for Middlesbrough’s loss to Nottingham Forest

In his post-match press conference for Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has blamed himself for their defeat to Nottingham Forest.

‘Looking back I have to take some stick, I over worked them after three away games’

When talking about Forest and the game vs Sheffield Wednesday, Pulis stated:

“Looking back I have to take some stick, I over worked them after three away games.

“We trained really hard on the Thursday and Friday before the game. I left some of their energy on the training pitch.

“I blamed myself, partly for that. They have responded to that, they are a great group of players and they have shown that.

“The disappointing thing is we do so well up until the final, third, we create chances and opportunities we don’t turn into goals. We should have been out of sight, we should have scored four or five, the final, pass, those little things, we have to improve on those things to make us a better team.”

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Pulis also praised Stewart Downing and Mohamed Besic for their great displays vs Sheffield Wednesday:

“I knew the score. He is a great lad. On his day he is as good as anything in this league. At times him and Stewart were sublime. They can control games. They did some really good things for us. I feel we played really well for 77 minutes.”

during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Middlesbrough see off Sheffield Wednesday

After a very poor display vs Nottingham Forest, Boro will have been keen to put that performance to bed in their next game vs Sheffield Wednesday.

However, an away trip to Wednesday who were 6th in the league heading into the game would be no easy ride.

The first half was very quiet with neither side really threatening.

However, Boro came out firing in the second half and Jonny Howson would set up Besic to give Boro the lead in the 49th minute.

Britt Assombalonga would double Middlesbrough’s lead just six minutes later.

Adam Reach would give Wednesday some hope of coming back as he made it 2-1 in the 82nd minute.

However, the score would remain 2-1 and Boro would go top of the league.

Partly due to this hilarious goal-line scrum in injury time.

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