Shot-shy Boro frustrate Pulis
Middlesbrough paid the price for not taking their chances during the 1-0 defeat against leaders Norwich, boss Tony Pulis said.
Onel Hernandez's 54th-minute strike, his seventh league goal of the season, earned the in-form pacesetters a seventh successive victory, to leave Boro empty-handed.
Pulis, however, felt it was a familiar tale of his side failing to take any of the numerous chances that came their way.
Being blunt in front of goal has hampered Boro all season, and they have now lost four games in a row to drop to eighth position in the table.
Boro have scored the fewest number of goals in the top half of the Championship - 40 in 38 matches - and Pulis said: "It was a very good opening 45 minutes and we had very good opportunities to score. We need to finish the chances we are creating and we have been saying that since I came here.
"Goals change games but when we get opportunities we don't put them away. We came back into it, we had three, great opportunities to score and, again, we have to score goals."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.