Middlesbrough midfielder Jonny Howson has said that the 4-0 loss to former club Leeds United on Saturday afternoon was “tough to take”.

Leeds United battered Championship strugglers Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, with Boro falling to a 4-0 loss at Elland Road, leaving them in 20th place after 19 matches and just one point clear of 22nd placed Wigan Athletic in the relegation zone.

Former Boro man Patrick Bamford put Leeds United 1-0 ahead just three minutes in before midfielder Mateusz Klich doubled the Whites’ advantage just before half time. Helder Costa added a third with 67 minutes on the clock and Klich picked up his second of the game to succumb Middlesbrough to a 4-0 loss.

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Now, speaking to the club’s official website after the match (quotes via Leeds Live), Middlesbrough man Jonny Howson reflected on the result. The former Leeds United admitted that the defeat was “tough to take” and said the focus now turns to this weekend’s match against Charlton Athletic. He said:

“It’s tough to take. It was always going to be difficult, but coming to a place like this against a team that is doing well you want to hold them out as long as you can and frustrate them, and that obviously wasn’t the case.

“We were starting to get a bit of a foothold in the game towards the end of the first half and then the second goal on the counter was a sucker punch. We’re disappointed that we couldn’t build on the win in midweek [against Barnsley] but all we can focus on is our next game.”