As a spectacle it was a poor advert for championship football, goodness knows what the sky viewers thought.
Once again we looked slow and deliberate in our passing and there was a distinct lack of confidence and urgency throughout the side.
Kink and Halliday, who played on the flanks, failed to deliver any quality balls and the majority of the balls played through the middle towards Kris Boyd and McDonald were too high.
I studied Boyd more than anyone during the game and I have to say, he lacked in every department.
He never won a ball in the air, his touch was heavy, his passing was sloppy and his work rate was non existent .
Despite his frailties, he scored the only goal of the game in the 52 min, with a tremendous finish blasting the ball into the bottom left hand corner with pace and accuracy.
People have said that there are similarities between myself and Boyd, the only similarities I can see is that we both score goals.
Boyd will have to score regularly to keep the boo boys off his back, as I don’t see him contributing any other way.
One thing Boro fans don’t tolerate or accept is a lack of effort. They can accept a poor performance individually or collectively as long as he or they give their all.
I had to laugh at Strachan, when he gave substitute Lita a ear bashing for not closing down and working hard enough on a couple of occasions.
Lita worked harder in 21 mins than Boyd did in 69 mins.
If we are to start winning games comfortably we have to create more chances and the front 2 have to hold it up better to give the midfield a chance to go and link up.
I said after the opening game against Ipswich Town, that there was a distinct lack of pace in the side, that was evident again.
You can polish up on your fitness, passing, skills and goalscoring. Unfortunately you have either got pace or you haven’t.
The bookies made us favorite to win the championship, on the last 2 home performances, I wouldn’t put a penny on us.
But its not all doom and gloom, 3 welcome points, a clean sheet and Kris Boyd off the mark.