Strachan defends fans' right to boo

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Gordon Strachan insisted the travelling Middlesbrough fans had every right to jeer his players after their 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.

Boro, the bookmakers' favourites for promotion at the start of the season, were consigned to their second npower Championship defeat of the season at Oakwell. Jason Shackell and Adam Hammill were on the scoresheet on a miserable afternoon for big-spending Boro, whose supporters were quick to express their displeasure at the end of the game.

Strachan said: "I don't have any problems with the fans jeering us at the end. They've been terrific, they've paid good money to come and watch us and we come from an area where money is hard to come by. So we can't complain with the jeers."

He added: "We had four passing players missing but the ones who played gave it a real go. I can't complain about that but we'll have to better than that. The ability to pass the ball is a priceless asset in football and we're not doing that well."

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