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Midfielder admits Boro allowed Canaries to find their rhythm too easily

PUBLISHED: 12:04 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:04 16 September 2018

Boro midfielder Adam Clayton pursues City winger Onel Hernandez at Carrow Road 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Boro midfielder Adam Clayton pursues City winger Onel Hernandez at Carrow Road Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton admits the visitors allowed Norwich City too much time on the ball during their defeat at Carrow Road.

Clayton had to come off in the 70th minute of Boro’s 1-0 defeat after a tackle from Alex Tettey left him with a cut shin which required stitches.

“It’s not the standards we’ve set so far this season, especially on the ball,” the 29-year-old told his club’s website, after seeing their unbeaten record come to an end, as well as five matches without conceding a goal.

“It wasn’t a bad start but we dropped a bit too deep and gave them too much of the ball. Once we did that they got into a bit of a rhythm.

“Then our first pass when we won it back wasn’t good enough. They didn’t create loads of chances and I don’t think we deserved to lose today, but we need to do more and we know that.

“There’s a game on Wednesday (at home to Bolton), and we can put that right there.”

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