It was the same story on Saturday as we dominated the first half against Boro, went ahead via Jon Grounds’ own goal and created further chances without adding to our advantage.
That came back to haunt us when Middlesbrough took control of the final half-hour, equalised via Stewart Downing’s deflected effort and carved out the better opportunities in the 1-1 draw at the Lane.
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In four of the last six games - Manchester City, Newcastle, Blackburn, Middlesbrough - we've taken the lead but not seen it through.
“It’s difficult,” reflected Gus back at Spurs Lodge. “We’ve taken the lead, we’ve been in control and everyone expects us to score the second goal and finish the game off but for different reasons it hasn’t happened.
“The opposition has played well as well, don’t forget, but we’ve ended up with one point or no points and that’s frustrating.
“We were better in the first half against Middlesbrough, they were better in the second half and so maybe the feeling isn’t the best at the end of the game but you can’t forget the first half either.
“If you don’t score a second goal the opposition will always try and get something out of the game. They put us under pressure and sometimes it’s about keeping the ball, sometimes it’s about being strong in defence, sometimes it’s about being organised on the counter-attack. We didn’t do it so in the end it was a draw."
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Gus Poyet concurred with Juande Ramos after the draw against Middlesbrough in admitting that frustration has been the name of the game as we've let leads slip in recent weeks.