Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka described his team’s first half display against Watford as “perfect apart from scoring one or two goals”.

Boro could have gone into half-time two or three goals ahead of the Hornets this afternoon but were unable to provide the clinical finish needed.

They did score early in the second period but the Golden Boys equalised shortly afterwards and the visitors could have gone on to win the game.

Karanka said: “I am very pleased, especially because we played very well in the first half and [played] in the way we were preparing for the game. The first half was perfect apart from scoring one or two goals.

“The second half was more uncomfortable for us.”

He added: “I thought in the first half we had two good chances in the same play and another two or three chances before we scored the goal. And we had another chance after we scored the goal.

“So we had the chances to finish the game but if you don’t finish the game against one of the best teams in the league like Watford then you finish the game with problems.”

“The finishing was the only thing I could be a little bit disappointed with,” Karanka added.

“The players were brilliant for me today and the performance is the most important thing for me.”

Read Jokanovic's views on the game here and a match report can be found by clicking here.