Mowbray: No excuses for defeat
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Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray felt his side "didn't get started" at Crystal Palace and paid the price by slipping to a 4-1 defeat.
Boro looked all at sea from the off and fell behind to Glenn Murray's first goal of the afternoon after nine minutes, turning in Wilfried Zaha's cross.
Peter Ramage then fired home from close range in the 47th minute.
Middlesbrough's afternoon went from bad to worse when they fell further behind, Murray curling home from 25 yards with 57 minutes on the clock.
The visitors got themselves on the scoresheet late on with Faris Haroun sliding home in the 80th minute. But that was not the end of the scoring, as substitute Kevin Phillips added to Boro's woes in the dying minutes.
"If we are looking for reasons, the amount we put in against Leeds in such a physical game (1-0 win on Tuesday) appears to have taken it out of some," Mowbray said.
"That appears to be the case. But there are no excuses. Individual errors cost us for the goals.
"We knew they had talented forward players. But my players are sitting there disappointed. We lost four goals at Ipswich a few weeks ago. We can't keep doing that.
"We are still in the top six and our ambitions are to remain there. We are capable of winning matches. We have to get back to our old form, but at the moment that seems a long way away.
"Three of our back four are out at the moment, but we have to get on with it. Justin Hoyte, Jonathan Woodgate and Seb Hines are injured and we have to take it on the chin."