Scunthorpe boss accepts defeat to Premier League quality Middlesbrough

Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough tried to bring some perspective to his side's 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

Scunthorpe boss Ian Baraclough tried to bring some perspective to his side's 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Middlesbrough.

First-half efforts from Kris Boyd and Scott McDonald ensured a third successive defeat at Glanford Park for Scunthorpe but Baraclough knew they were up against a team full of quality players.

He said: "It's a defeat and we'll try and put it right on Saturday. But I'm not going to get too down about losing to a team that has played in the Premier League and probably cost £20million to assemble.

"I'm not going to have a go at my players for what they have done after the first 20 minutes. But you cannot afford to start a game like that and expect to come away with anything.

"We were playing against quality players. None of my lads have played in the Premier League, just over half of their players have."

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