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Boro boss in no mood for small talk

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Gordon Strachan vented his frustrations in a typically bullish post-match interview after he saw his Middlesbrough side squander a two goal lead at home to fellow Championship strugglers Portsmouth.

Despite seeing their team take a comfortable lead into the changing room at half time, recent performances will no doubt have left Boro fans feeling uneasy about what the second 45 minutes would bring. And so it proved, as the home team failed to convert a string of second half chances, before conceding a David Nugent goal in the 61st minute.  

But it was the actions of Barry Robson in the final minutes of the match that turned the game on its head and saw Pompey grab a vital point. Robson, who had earlier converted a penalty to give Boro their two-goal advantage, went from hero to villain when he was deemed to have elbowed Aaron Mokoena inside the penalty area. 

A straight red card and an 88th minute penalty were duly inflicted on the home side, who could only stand back and watch as three vital points faded to one solitary addition to their disappointing total of ten for the season.

Strachan was clearly dejected in the immediate aftermath of the match, which he admitted felt more like a defeat.

A BBC reporter caught the brunt of his ire when he endured an uncomfortable few minutes of Strachan stubbornly refusing to co-operate, instead offering one-word replies and cryptic half-answers that provided little in the way of explanation as to why his team just cannot hold on to a lead.

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