Michael Carrick said it was just one of those days when he expressed his frustration at losing 2-0 at West Brom.
Losing for the fifth time since taking over at Middlesbrough, two goals within two minutes of Daryl Dike’s first ten finally separated the two Championship promotion contenders at the Hawthorns. Boro fell to seven points behind second placed Sheffield United with defeat.
El Boro controlled possession for much of the game, but having given away the first two goals at such a cheap price, they gave an already well-organized team something to hold on to, making their task even more difficult. as they failed to score a second time. since the arrival of Carrick.
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Carrick said afterwards: “It’s frustrating and disappointing because we don’t like to lose games. It was just one of those games at the end. In fact, we started well for six or seven minutes, we looked good on the ball and we were composed.
“But then we gave away two soft goals in quick succession and that’s the difference today. That puts you at a disadvantage because there’s a long road to get back in the game. Even then, I believed we could get back in the game.” , but they defended very well with those goals to hold on.
“I can’t blame the guys for their efforts and attitude and the way they did it. It was one of those days where we have to learn and be better next time.”
Dike’s brace made the difference as Boro’s five-game winning streak came to an end. It was part of an awkward five minutes for Boro as West Brom pressed hard and then broke behind the lines quickly in transition. The powerful USA international caught the end of a Jed Wallace cross for the first, then stormed behind the Boro baseline, finishing on a second try for his brace.
“It’s tough when you give away two early goals and it makes the game tougher,” Carrick said. “I have seen the two goals but I don’t have any blame game. The guys have worked very hard and done very well since I arrived.
“We just have to try to improve for next time. This was always going to be a tough place to play against a very well-trained and organized team. You could see that. We knew it was going to be tough and we’ve got to do it.” Be realistic about that fact.”