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Middlesbrough boss joins Oli McBurnie in Birmingham City criticism

Birmingham City’s road tactics have come under more criticism, this time from Middlesbrough interim manager Leo Berkowitz.

Sheffield United striker Oli McBurney took aim at the Blues at the weekend, accusing them of frustrating the Blades with time-wasting tactics during the 1-1 draw.

And this time it was Uruguay’s Berkowicz who was complaining after Boro’s 1-0 win over Riverside on Wednesday night.

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Chuba Akpom scored the only goal of the match as Middlesbrough ignored coach Chris Wilder’s loss to score only his third win this season.

Berkowitz admitted the week had been emotional and said a lack of preparation – and the struggling Blues – hampered the home team’s flow.

Speaking to the club’s official website, he said, “We tried to play football at the beginning but they came and started to be late. So we can’t take the ball out of them and when we get the ball they stop it and start losing speed.”

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The Blues, though, may indicate a contradiction in those comments, with Berkowitz going head-to-head with Troy Deeney after being prevented from trying to make a quick tackle near the technical area.

Assisted by Academy staff Craig Liddell, Mark Tinkler and Lee Cattermole, Berkowitz expects to continue his role on Saturday’s trip to Millwall.

However, he said there was very little work he was able to do with the players before visiting the Blues, which made the win even sweeter.

“It wasn’t our best preparation this week either. A lot of things are happening, the emotional ones, they play a big part, they change.

“The players wanted to do the right thing, emotional, it makes you run out of energy. That’s why the team looked clumsy.

“We only had 36 hours to prepare for the game, so the most you can do is try to compose more defensively, give energy, have faith, and that’s where we start building.”

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