Tony Pulis: Middlesbrough ‘were like a bag of potatoes’ vs Forest

Middlesbrough took on Nottingham Forest on Saturday as they looked to continue their unbeaten run at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough vs Nottingham Forest

However, things did not go as planned for Boro.

Nottingham Forest are now managed by former Boro boss, Aitor Karanka.

Karanka was Middlesbrough’s most successful boss for some years, earning promotion to the Premier League with them in 2016.

But Karanka would come back to bite Boro on Saturday.

The first half would remain goalless, but Forest would take the lead just four minutes into the second half.

Lewis Grabban would then double Forest’s lead in the 77th minute giving them all three points.

This was Middlesbrough’s first home loss of the season and a very poor 90 minutes from the full team.

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.

‘The first 20 minutes we were like a bag of potatoes’

Tony Pulis has since spoken out about Boro’s awful display.

Speaking after Forest, Pulis stated:

“I thought we started really, really poorly.

 “The first 20 minutes we were like a bag of potatoes, we were so sloppy and so on the back foot, we never, never got going.

“I don’t think anybody saw that performance coming, but that’s the way the league is, we’re not going to be perfect every week and it brings everybody down to earth in respect of the expectations.

“It’s a tough league and everybody in every game turns up.

“We picked it up a bit before half-time but they had by far the better chances.

“In this league you can’t give a team a leg up at home. The first goal was a dreadful goal and very unlike us.

“The two goals are poor goals and goals that we haven’t been conceding, the second one we are chasing the game a little bit.

“But you can’t keep relying on the back four to keep clean sheets.

“You’ve got to take chances, take opportunities and score.

“You need to score, you need to get back into the game as quickly as you can and the big, big point, the turning point was Britt’s chance,” he said.

“I think if Britt scores then on, what was it, 60-odd minutes? Then it’s a different atmosphere and a different approach from the team.”

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