Garry Monk conceded Middlesbrough fell some way short of their standards in the goalless draw with Preston.,
Nevertheless, he was relieved to come away with a point despite the display.
“That was not the performance we wanted,” he said. “We are trying to set a high standard for the players and the club - and we feel disappointment.
“Overall, we didn’t do the basics well enough. You have to get the nuts and bolts right and we didn’t.
“We need to take a lesson from today and we never came out on top of them in any instance. They were first to every header, every tackle.
“The positive is that we still take a point and got a clean sheet. The point could be valuable, but we wanted three.
“But I think we were probably lucky to get the result we did.”