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Middlesbrough's goal drought will end soon - Aitor Karanka

22 February 2014

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka insists "the goals will arrive" after watching his shot-shy side extend their goal drought into record territory against Leeds United.

Boro enjoyed the best chances of a goalless Sky Bet Championship draw at the Riverside Stadium but failed to beat in-form Jack Butland and their all-time, all-competition, barren run now extends to 10 and a quarter hours.

"Yes, it is six games without a goal and for that I am disappointed," Karanka admitted. "I am always disappointed if we do not win. But if we play like we did here every week then the goals will arrive.

"We can not become obsessed by the goal. We must just continue to play the best way we can as a team and will create chances and the moment will come.

"Last week at Watford I was not happy because the team did not function as I asked. This week they did so for that I am happy.

"We had good chances, the team was good. I am not saying we deserved to win but we played well."

Leeds boss Brian McDermott said he was happy to escape with a point in a game where his goalkeeper made some crucial blocks on Danny Graham and Kei Kamara.

"That's a positive point for us," McDermott said. "Middlesbrough made it difficult for us and had some good chances.

"But Jack Butland was outstanding, the back four were excellent and the whole team put in a good shift.

"When we become a good side, a side capable a challenging in this division, then maybe we could have nicked that game 1-0 but we are not quite where we want to be as a team yet.

"But we kept a clean sheet and showed resilience, we just need to find that bit extra in the final third."

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