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Middlesbrough pay the ultimate price for lack of goals
09 May 2017, 12:02
Middlesbrough pay the ultimate price for lack of goals

On Monday night Middlesbrough suffered a 3-0 defeat at Premier League champions-elect Chelsea, suffering relegation to the Championship in the process. Boro’s main problem this season has been the fact that they have struggled to score goals in the top-flight.

However, the warning signs were there for the north east side last season, despite their promotion to the top-flight. No Boro player managed to get into double-figures for the season and it was their defensive record that saw Aitor Karanka’s side promoted.

The Spaniard attempted to solve his team’s problems by signing former Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo in the summer. The Spaniard has scored just nine Premier League goals, while January signings Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford have just one goal between them.

The fact that Gestede and Negredo are the only attacking players to contribute to Boro’s goal tally this season has not helped the north east side’s cause. It has led to Boro having scored the least goals in the Premier League, just 26 in their 36 top-flight games.

Even bottom of the table Sunderland have managed to score more league goals. The Boro hierarchy attempted to put things right with the exit of the pragmatic Karanka and the temporary appointment of the Spaniard’s assistant Steve Agnew.

The change has had little effect on the north east side’s goalscoring record, as they have failed to score in nine of their last 13 Premier League outings.

Ironically Boro could be relegated as the team that has conceded the fewest goals in the history of the Premier League. However, while their team is built on solid defensive foundations it is at the expense of any sort of attacking threat.

In the end, Boro have paid the price for the pragmatic approach of Karanka and the lack of goal threat this season.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 100 38 32 4 2 106 27 79
2. Manchester United 81 38 25 6 7 68 28 40
3. Tottenham 77 38 23 8 7 74 36 38
4. Liverpool FC 75 38 21 12 5 84 38 46
5. Chelsea FC 70 38 21 7 10 62 38 24
6. Arsenal 63 38 19 6 13 74 51 23
7. Burnley FC 54 38 14 12 12 36 39 -3
8. Everton FC 49 38 13 10 15 44 58 -14
9. Leicester City 47 38 12 11 15 56 60 -4
10. Newcastle Utd 44 38 12 8 18 39 47 -8
11. Crystal Palace 44 38 11 11 16 45 55 -10
12. Bournemouth 44 38 11 11 16 45 61 -16
13. West Ham 42 38 10 12 16 48 68 -20
14. Watford FC 41 38 11 8 19 44 64 -20
15. Brighton 40 38 9 13 16 34 54 -20
16. Huddersfield 37 38 9 10 19 28 58 -30
17. Southampton 36 38 7 15 16 37 56 -19
18. Swansea City 33 38 8 9 21 28 56 -28
19. Stoke City 33 38 7 12 19 35 68 -33
20. West Bromwich 31 38 6 13 19 31 56 -25

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