We need to improve quickly - Beardo

Boro striker says his team need to perform better after Saturday’s draw against Hartlepool

STRIKER Chris Beardsley says his team will have to improve quickly if they are to register three points at MK Dons on Saturday.

Boro salvaged a point against Hartlepool United last weekend thanks to an 88th-minute equaliser from Scott Laird but despite the second half comeback, Beardsley says he and his team-mates can’t ignore the manner in which they fell two goals behind in a below-par first half showing.

“We’re not in the business to draw games,” said Beardsley, who has scored twice in three substitute appearances this season making him Boro’s top goalscorer so far. “Obviously conceding a goal from a set piece and giving away a penalty is not exactly what we want. We showed a bit in the second half to get ourselves back in the game but we’ve got to be winning our home games, really.”

Beardsley looked hungry when he was introduced as a 64th-minute replacement for Darius Charles after scoring in the 3-1 win at Bournemouth four days earlier, and he played a key part in Byron Harrison’s goal within five minutes of taking to the field. His strength and running were key factors in allowing Boro to build attacks which ultimately led to the equaliser and he was also unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after appearing to be fouled by goalkeeper Scott Flinders with the score at 2-1.

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“I just tried to keep the ball in their final third and if you keep it up there you’ve got a better chance of getting crosses in, winning free kicks and creating chances and the aim for me is to keep it going,” he said.

“I thought it was a penalty. I spoke to their ‘keeper and he said he couldn’t believe he got away with it. There were a few strange decisions but we kept going when the score was at 2-1, and we got the equaliser and in all honesty we could have got a third.”

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The Derby-born man says he would like to be starting more games this season after making only 14 league starts last year owing largely to a dislocated shoulder suffered early in the campaign.

He added: “Obviously as a professional footballer you want to be starting games and playing as many minutes as you can. As a centre forward I want to be scoring goals and creating goals at this level. The sole purpose of me being in the team is to score and create, and give us a platform to play off, that’s what I’m here for.

“I think my hard work and running are the basics of the game – but they should be gimmes with all players.”

Boro have had a good start to the season with one win and three draws, but Beardsley says his team can’t afford to rely on the trend of finishing the season like they have the previous two as there is no guarantee it will be the case.

“We’ve got to buck that trend to be honest,” he said. “We can’t be relying on winning however many games in the last 15 to get a promotion, that’s not what we’re here for. We should be going out every Saturday and Tuesday night to win our game. That’s the sole thing now and we’ve now got to concentrate on getting three points at MK Dons next week. We mustn’t let our minds and our concentration waiver from that.

“I think we’re going to have to perform better there than we did last season, to be honest. We did ok but it will be at a different level this year.”

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