Boro keeper Joe Lumley failed to save Keane Lewis-Potter’s shot, which turned out to be the winner
Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder says goalkeeper Joe Lumley’s mistake for the Hull City winner on Saturday was just one of many disappointing mistakes made by either side.
Boro, who is in the clutch of teams battling for the play-offs, missed the chance to get back into the top six.
It was a second 1-0 defeat for the Teessiders in the space of four days, following last Wednesday’s loss to Fulham.
“I protected Joe, but that was a mistake,” Wilder told BBC Radio Tees.
“He has to save it, there is no hiding place there. Also, throughout the team after 25 minutes, we never built momentum and we never played in the form in which we play.
“We did things there today that I didn’t see us do.”
Wilder at a loss to figure out the displayAnfernee Dijksteel and Jonny Howson (centre, right) discuss the nature of Hull’s goal in the aftermath
With one game less of Sheffield United and Blackburn, who sit just above them in the Championship table, and just three points off the top six, the race is still well on for Boro.
However, with such a congested field and just seven points separating Nottingham Forest in third from QPR in 11th, picking up points and taking risks matter even more.
The loss to league leaders Fulham, who themselves lost to Coventry on Sunday, was frustrating for Wilder as his side dominated large periods of the game but failed to seize their scoring opportunities.
It was a different story on Saturday, as a messy display saw the visiting Tigers walk away with the points.
“It should have been a week where we came out undefeated,” added Wilder.
“Whether it’s three in Peterborough when we played well, one point on Wednesday and one point today. You take that and you go to a big weekend. We’re two points clear on the week compared to what we should be.
“I’m scratching my head after Wednesday, we talked and we were positive, we trained well. We should have been good enough, but we see bad decisions, individual errors, balls running under players’ feet , people who give it under no pressure.
“It was quite a difficult performance to understand where it came from.”