Teddy Sheringham says Boro's 1-0 loss to Carlisle was "a frustrating afternoon" as an 82nd minute goal by Tom Miller was enough to see Boro fall to defeat.
One big turning point in the game was Brett Williams’ saved penalty but the manager defended his striker.
“I asked him when he first came in, being a centre-forward if he wanted to take penalties and he said yes. He scored one in pre-season but has obviously missed two now. I like the fact that he got up there and wanted to take it.
“We have got to score our chances when we get them but haven’t got a problem with him wanting to take it. That’s the main thing, stepping up to the plate. We have all missed penalties.
“He kept going, like the professional he is. That is what I ask of my players, to keep going under pressure and he did that.”
Carlisle broke the deadlock in the late into the game and the gaffer wasn’t happy with the way it was conceded.
“We have had words in the dressing room. It hasn’t really fallen to someone in the wrong place, that is desire to get on and win a knock down.
“From their point of view I bet they are delighted that they have scored a scabby goal like that but from our point of view, not good enough."
With the poor run of form now extended, Teddy says he takes responsibility for the results.
“I am here to take the flak of what is happening. I am the manager and what goes on out there on the football pitch is through me. It wasn’t good enough last time; better today but still not good enough.
“I thought it was a massive improvement from Tuesday, that is what you ask for from your players, that there is an improvement and they showed that.
“The desire is there but we didn’t test the goalkeeper enough.
“It could have either way I think but a frustrating afternoon."
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