Karanka critical of officials after frustrating draw

Date published: Saturday 26th November 2016 5:39 - Matthew Stead

Boro head coach Aitor Karanka was unhappy with the officials, including referee Lee Mason, after Leicester’s first penalty and revealed Morgan owned up to fouling Chambers, which forced him to handle.

Middlesbrough were on course to condemn the champions to another defeat, but Karanka feels the officials have played more than a helping hand in allowing Leicester to fight back twice to rescue a point.

Karanka said: “I was sure one player pushed Calum Chambers. If I had one doubt, which I didn’t have, the players told me Morgan recognised to them he had pushed Calum.

“I’ve been here for three years and I always say football is about a team. If we want to win or lose we’re working as a team, and the referees work as a team.

“There’s four of them on the pitch and for me it’s difficult to understand how four members of the same team decided for that penalty.

“For me, it’s a clear foul. The fourth official has the same view as me, the linesman has the same view, so for that reason it’s frustrating as football is about teams.”

Negredo’s goalless run since August had sparked criticism, but Karanka always believed the Valencia loanee would end his barren spell.

“I see them every day, work with them every day, he is working a lot and with his quality one day he was going to score,” he said.

“I don’t know if he was aware of criticism, you have to speak with him. When I arrived he was perfect for me.”

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