Middlesbrough head coach Tony Pulis has told the Northen Echo that injuries have caught up from the team as they lost 3-0 to Nottingham Forest.
This was a big game for the Boro as they had managed to climb into the Sky Bet Championship play-offs after their win on Good Friday and needed to stay in the top six. They had a good chance of getting the win as they were facing a Nottingham Forest side that were in crisis with head coach Martin O’Neill already under pressure.
But it ended up being a great day for Forest but not for Middlesbrough. Joe Lolley opened the scoring just before the end of half when he netted from the spot following a foul on Karim Ansarifard by Ryan Shotton. The game would then go completely in Forest’s favour thanks to a great volley from Alexander Milosevic and the game was won late on when Lolley got his second of the game.
Pulis put the performance down to playing so many players out of position due to the injury crisis being suffered by the club. He said: “We’re moving people around, and we’re having to try to put square pegs into round holes,”
“It really caught us out today. We had a similar situation last week, but at home, maybe we can get away with it.”
“But when you come to a place like this, you’ve got to be really solid. We’ve had to take players out of the team, and put in other players who aren’t able to do what they really want to. Jonny, Paddy and George all really want to be doing things going forward. It makes it really difficult for all of them.”
“It was a disappointing display, but I think you’ve got to look at the injuries. Coming here with Ayala, Friend and Fry in your team, you’re going to be a lot more solid and together.”