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28 January 2018

Bennett Dean
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis felt his players were hard done by after Brighton & Hove Albion scored a late winner at the Riverside Stadium, but touched upon his team’s failure to take advantage in forward areas.

Glenn Murray’s 90th-minute goal knocked the Teesside club out of the Emirates FA Cup at the fourth-round stage, and Pulis believed his side needed to be more positive against the Seagulls.

He said, "I'm disappointed for the players who have worked so hard again. But we've got to be more clinical in the final third.

"There are players in this team who I think are very, very good players, but sometimes their first look is sideways or backwards.

"I've had a word with them afterwards. There are times when we could have crossed the ball or put it forward into pockets.

"Even their goal has come from a counter-attack when we've got the opportunity to cross."

Murray’s winning strike came after Markus Suttner’s cross was cleared onto the striker’s knee by George Friend, and Pulis hopes his team can start receiving better luck for the remainder of the season.

"It's a fortuitous goal they've scored - it's a nightmare for us, in terms of the players don't deserve it, exactly the same as against Fulham.

"I just hope it's all the bad luck out of the way, because that's what it's been. You can't legislate for that."

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