Aitor Karanka praised the efforts of his players in West Brom draw

Middlesbrough's Aitor Karanka says his players 'did everything' in their draw with West Brom

Aitor Karanka says Middlesbrough did "everything" they could have done as they drew with West Brom on Tuesday evening.

The Baggies took the lead after just six minutes, as James Morrison reacted quickest when Chris Brunt's cross failed to be cleared by the Boro defence.

But Alvaro Negredo's penalty 11 minutes later, following a foul by Gareth McAuley, earned Middlesbrough a point.

And Karanka - whose side sit 15th in the Premier League table, two points outside the relegation places - appeared to be satisfied with the performance, though he bemoaned the manner in which the goal was conceded.

"It was a good game," he told Sky Sports. "I think we showed personality because again we've conceded a goal at the beginning of the game from a set piece. The players got better and then after we equalised we had chances to score - as a coach I can't say anything to my players because they have done everything.

"They [West Brom] are a really good team, consistent, with 33 points and really experienced, we knew it was going to be tough.

"It was frustrating because you know what is going to happen and in the end we conceded a goal from that set-piece. It's frustrating but again the reaction was good, we know that every single point is going to be really, really tough and we have to keep going."

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Cristhian Stuani had appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Stuart Attwell, but Karanka avoided the topic in his post-match interview.

"Someone says it is a penalty, another one says it isn't but we have a point and that is the main thing. The point, the performance and the personality of the team was all on the pitch."

He remained coy when questioned on transfers, saying: "With this squad, we have players who are injured but for sure, we will fight until the end."

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