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Middlesbrough trying to improve - Gordon Strachan

Gordon Strachan
Strachan replaced Gareth Southgate as Middlesbrough boss in October 2009

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan says that he and his players are working hard to reverse their poor form.

Tuesday's 3-1 defeat at Derby County has left Boro lying 19th in the Championship, just three points above the relegation zone.

Strachan told BBC Tees: "I wouldn't like you to think we're not putting the hours in. I've tried everything.

"I don't take it for granted that it will change. We're doing loads of things, but what we try isn't working."

Kris Boyd gave Strachan's side the lead at Pride Park, but Shaun Barker equalised in first-half injury time before two second-half goals from Kris Commons extended Boro's winless away run to five games.

"I want us to get over these daft periods where we lose one (goal) and then lose another one or two straight after," added the former Celtic manager.

"It's not easy for anybody involved with Middlesbrough just now and we're not enjoying it.

"But I couldn't believe the fans tonight, they were still cheering at the end. It's phenomenal."

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see also
Derby 3-1 Middlesbrough
28 Sep 10 |  Championship
Boyd trying too hard - Strachan
27 Sep 10 |  Scotland
Strachan uneasy at Boro away form
23 Sep 10 |  Middlesbrough
Boro need to win away - McDonald
23 Sep 10 |  Middlesbrough

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