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BORO BOSS EMBARRASSED BY NO-SHOW.

DONCASTER 0

MIDDLESBRO 0

AITOR KARANKA accused his Middlesbrough players of lacking fight and embarrassing the travelling fans after they lost more ground in the race for a play-off spot.

A point and a clean sheet were the only consolations for the Boro boss after his players had been outbattled by Doncaster in a scrappy game hampered by the strong winds.

Karanka said: "It was difficult for both sides - but an embarrassment for our supporters.

We have a huge away following and we didn't play for them like we should.

"When you can't play, you need to fight, and we didn't do that. Doncaster wanted the ball more than us and, in the circumstances, I'm happy to get a point."

Had Chris Brown been in better form in front of goal Donny could have made life even worse for the visitors.

Brown should have done better than to sidefoot into Shay Given's hands after Richie Wellens and Billy Sharp had created the opening.

Brown wasted an even better chance in the second half, firing over from close range after more good work by Sharp.

And just to show it was not the striker's day, he had a volley cleared off the line in injury time.

Donny's on-loan keeper Sam Johnstone was rarely stretched on his home debut and manager Paul Dickov said: "It was scrappy but we definitely had the better of the game."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 2, 2014
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