Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough have quality to turn form around

Aitor Karanka
Aitor Karanka's side have not won in three games since their six game winning run was ended by Reading

Middlesbrough have the players and the quality to overcome their loss of form after a third game without a win or a goal, says head coach Aitor Karanka.

The Teessiders lost 2-0 at Reading, drew 0-0 with Fulham and were beaten 1-0 at Cardiff on Tuesday.

The slump followed a six-match winning streak and Boro have dropped to sixth in the Championship.

"With the players we have up front it's difficult to understand, it's my fault," Karanka told BBC Tees.

George Friend's own-goal
George Friend's own-goal ensured the goalless run extended to three games.

"I have to work harder. I always expect us to create chances, with the players we had on the pitch.

"They're the players who I wanted, who I believe in and I believe 150% in them. This is going to change, we have very good players."

George Friend's own goal was enough to hand victory to Cardiff, who are now just a point behind Karanka's side in the Championship table.

Boro had 17 attempts on goal in the 90 minutes, but only five were on target, and they were punished when they failed to deal with a free-kick into the box with four minutes remaining.

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"One set-piece, one corner, one free-kick, we had chances but we didn't score. We have to keep going," the Spanish coach said.

"This is the third game in a row without scoring, we had players who have to know what is happening.

"In this league, they have one or two chances and win the game, we have to put it behind as soon as possible and apologise to those who have come down (to watch) because it's a long way and they don't deserve to watch that."

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