After a thrilling 2-2 draw with York City, Teddy Sheringham says a poor first half which saw Boro go into the break 1-0 down was his biggest source of frustration after the game.
“I obviously wasn’t best pleased with the first half. I got a little shout from the crowd after about 35, 40 minutes, ‘Why aren’t we playing like last week!?’
“Football doesn’t happen like that; we wanted to play like last week, on the front foot, but you have got 11 players out there trying to stop us playing like last week.
“They obviously saw how we played and they counteracted what we wanted to do, that happens.
“Credit to them they came and put us under pressure first half. After the first half I would have been delighted to get a point out of it but when you are 2-1 up and have penalties and chances, you don’t expect to win but you would like to have won.”
The second half was much improved and two quick-fire goals from Charlie Lee and Chris Whelpdale put Boro into the lead after 55 minutes. Teddy was especially pleased to see both goals come from work on the training ground.
“It got to a point where obviously I wasn’t happy, I wanted to make my feelings known and try to change a few things. Luckily for us it did change in the second half and it was a lot better but we put ourselves under pressure not being right in the first half.
“Delighted with the goals, both set pieces which is what you work on throughout the week so it is good that we get goals out of that. Delighted with the boys that scored too.”
After being pegged back to 2-2, Boro never gave up the fight and threw everything at York, including a saved penalty from Brett Williams. Teddy has sympathy with the striker.
“It is not the worst penalty that I have ever seen; he will probably score scruffier penalties but it is one of those – if the goalkeeper picks the right way and goes that little bit earlier; he is going to save it.
“There are some pluses, like I said to them in there but I am very disappointed with the way we started the game. It wasn’t good; you don’t want to see 45 minutes of that type of football. You want to see us on the front foot.”