Monk relief at Middlesbrough’s home draw

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk
Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk
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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.”