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Clayton admits Middlesbrough can have no complaints if they are relegated

Date Posted,April 17, 2017

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton admits they can have no complaints if they go down.

Clayton claims Boro deserve more than just six points from their winless run of 15 league games and felt they were unfortunate to lose narrowly to Arsenal on Monday.

But the 28-year-old concedes they cannot blame bad luck if they are relegated when they have managed just 23 goals.

“There were a few chances that could have gone in against Arsenal, but we will not go down because we have been unlucky, we will go down because we haven’t been good enough, if we do,” said Clayton.

“That’s the story. We have to make our own luck, make sure we have enough players in the box.

Alvaro Negredo scored Middlesbrough’s 23rd league goal of the season in the defeat by Arsenal (Photo: 2017 Getty Images)
Boro are the lowest scorers in the top flight (Photo: Jan Kruger)

“The gap hasn’t been getting any bigger, but now we’re getting to the stage where we need to win.

“If we don’t, it will be good night. We need to get a win as soon as possible and change the face of it.”

Boro face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their last six games and Clayton knows Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth is huge.

Jack Wilshere picks up an injury
This weekend’s game against fellow strugglers Bournemouth is huge for Middlesbrough (Photo: PA)

“Saturday is so important,” he said. “They will be a bit twitchy because they haven’t won that many recently.

“We need to put the pressure on them and see how they deal with it.”

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