Middlesbrough 0 Leeds United 0: Positive point for Whites says McDermott

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Boss Brian McDermott said he was happy to escape with a point against Middlesbrough in a game where debutant Whites goalkeeper Jack Butland made crucial blocks on Danny Graham and Kei Kamara.

“That’s a positive point for us,” he said. “Middlesbrough made it difficult for us and had some good chances.

“But Jack Butland was outstanding, the back four were excellent and the whole team put in a good shift.

“When we become a good side, a side capable a challenging in this division, then maybe we could have nicked that game 1-0 but we are not quite where we want to be as a team yet.

“But we kept a clean sheet and showed resilience, we just need to find that bit extra in the final third.”

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insists “the goals will arrive” after watching his shot-shy side extend their goal drought.

“Yes it is six games without a goal and for that I am disappointed,” Karanka admitted. “I am always disappointed if we do not win. But if we play like we did today every week then the goals will arrive.

“We can not become obsessed by the goal. We must just continue to play the best way we can as a team and will create chances and the moment will come.

“Last week at Watford I was not happy because the team did not function as I asked. This week they did so for that I am happy.

“We had good chances, the team was good. I am not saying we deserved to win but we played well.”

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