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Pulis: Middlesbrough lack quality in the final third

Tony Pulis has said his Middlesbrough side lacked the required quality in attack as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Championship strugglers Rotherham.

Boro had the lions share of possession against the Millers, fashioning 20 attempts. However, despite having a far more expensively assembled squad, with Martin Braithwaite and Britt Assombalonga leading the line, they were unable to convert any of their chances, with only five of the 20 being on target.

Speaking after the game, former Stoke City boss Pulis lamented his side’s quality in front of goal.

“We’ve had enough of the play and enough of the ball in the final third but you need that little bit of extra quality,” he told the media after the match.

“One or two breaks never went for us when it’s bouncing in the box, one of them doesn’t drop and with 49 crosses into the box tonight, we’ve got to be scoring goals and we had really good opportunities and chances as well.

“We’re in very good positions to make an opportunity and then not being good with that final pass or being good enough to finish it and that’s the difference between winning and losing and being up there and not being up there.

“You can’t fault the players, they kept going but we needed just that little bit of quality.”

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