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Aitor Karanka hits out at Middlesbrough's 'worst performance'

22 December 2014

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka slammed his players' attitude after their 2-0 defeat at fellow promotion contenders Ipswich Town.

The Suffolk side moved back to second in the Sky Bet Championship after first half goals from top scorer Daryl Murphy and Jay Tabb on the cusp of half-time.

Boro had gone into the match on the back of a fantastic run of just one defeat in 17 matches, but they looked anything but a form team after offering little in the way of a response.

Karanka said: "This is the first time I have been angry with my players' attitude. After last week's win against Derby County, we thought we were a Champions League team.

"But today it is impossible to take anything from the game.

"Ipswich wanted it more than us. Murphy was first to the rebound for their first goal, Teddy Bishop at 18 years old was the best player on the pitch and Jay Tabb, at 5ft 5ins, scored with his head.

"It was our worst performance of the season - it is difficult to understand."

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