Gordon Strachan feels the pressure


Gordon Strachan has admitted that he understands why Middlesbrough fans boo-ed their team off the park after losing 2-0 at Barnsley.

The defeat leaves Middlesbrough sitting in mid-table with just one win in four matches and out of the Carling Cup after the midweek defeat at Millwall.

Strachan has won just 11 out of 39 games since replacing Gareth Southgate with the pre-season optimism of being promotion favourites a fading memory.

“I don’t have any problems with the fans jeering us at the end,” Strachan confessed.

“They’ve been terrific, they’ve paid good money to come and watch us and we come from an area where money is hard to come by. So we can’t complain with the jeers.

Injuries to Willo Flood and Kevin Thomson hasn’t helped Boro but Strachan is unlikely to be given any extra money before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

The former Celtic boss added: “We had enough chances to get something out of the match. We had the better start but they scored at the right time.

“They were dogged and determined and played well. Their keeper played well and he must be pleased with himself.

“We had four passing players missing but the ones who played gave it a real go.

“I can’t complain about that but we’ll have to better than that. The ability to pass the ball is a priceless asset in football and we’re not doing that well.”

Middlesbrough’s next match is away to league leaders QPR on September 11.

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