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Middlesbrough boss Karanka happy to make a big point against West Brom

Middlesbrough 1-1 West Brom

By David Charlesworth

Middlesbrough's winless run in the Premier League continued although they claimed what could be a crucial point in their fight for survival with a 1-1 draw against West Brom at a wet and windy Riverside.

Boro, who had collected just two points from their last five top-flight matches prior to this fixture, fell behind when their former midfielder James Morrison lashed home from 20 yards early on.

But in an entertaining opening half they drew level when Gareth McAuley needlessly brought down Martin de Roon in the area and Alvaro Negredo slotted home the resulting penalty, which proved to be the end of the scoring.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said: "I think it was a good point. We had chances to score and have conceded a goal in a way we knew. It is frustrating. West Brom are a strong team and we played with everything. I am proud of the players.

"The reaction was good. We had the game under control against a strong team. A point is fair for everybody.

"The opponents have a lot of experience and good players. Sometimes you can't stop them. But everybody has been brilliant. We need to forget the league position. We know we have many more games to play."

For all their possession - 62 per cent of it in the match - the biggest tests Albion keeper Ben Foster faced was to tip away goal-bound attempted clearances from two of his own players, Allan Nyom and Darren Fletcher.

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