Middlesbrough flopped in their must-win game against Bristol City at the Riverside last night, going down 1-0 to extend their losing run to five games, and fans were not happy.
While many vented their anger on social media towards manager Tony Pulis, others were pointing the finger at their goal-shy players.
Sky Sports reporter, Keith Downie, posted a tweet having asked Pulis about his future, to which the manager was non-commital, claiming the club will make that decision.
Pulis will never be a tactician that pleases all football fans, his direct approach is not pretty, but can be effective, but when it is neither, fans will demand a change.
That said, the players need to take a large portion of the blame.
Boro’ had 23 attempts at goal last night, seven of which were on target. A failure to score from that amount of chances is not the fault of the manager.
Of course, it is the manager that picks the team and effects change during a game, so in that respect, it is fair that the blame is shared between them.
Here are some of the reactions from fans:
Half the man of Strachan, at least he showed respect to Gibbo and the supporters and walked, if Pullis is as honest as some of the gullible fans have been led to believe then he will also walk ………
But not till he gets his final
— Stuart Wallace (@stuart_wally) April 2, 2019
— Mr Michael (@MichaelMidd90) April 2, 2019
Seriously we sacked Southgate for far far less, Strachan was a honourable as he was bad, Pulis is a complete dinosaur who is stubborn and wont listen to those around him, telling them he has 1500 games under his belt, yeah mainly crap ones at bottom of table
— Wayne (@WayneAmethyst) April 2, 2019
WE WANT PULIS OUT
— Tyler (@UPTHEFKINGBORO) April 2, 2019
Has to go, no excuse for losing 5 in a row with our squad. He’s spent all year telling the players they aren’t good enough & now they are playing like it.
— Alex Robertson (@arobertson1993) April 2, 2019
23 shots and couldn’t score… players need to take responsibility for that!..
— The Carbz (@TheCarbz87) April 2, 2019
I can’t believe Pulis missed all those chances tonight. Loads of glorious opportunities in the first half and he didn’t manage to put away a single one of them. He really needs to work on his shooting.
— H (@ppnd84) April 2, 2019
Feel for him to be fair.. it’s the players who can’t score, not pulis
— Jon (@Jon14183558) April 2, 2019
Pulis is not the striker on the pitch stepping over the line ,not scoring the goals . 17 chances today , 7 on target just not good enough again !
— Melanie Libbey (@LibbeyMelanie) April 2, 2019
So as you can see, blame is mixed, but they are all united in their frustration and anger at the current run, and who can blame them?
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