"Having taken the lead we should have gone onto secure a point at the very least," says PhillipsJimmy Phillips was left to reflect on an afternoon of missed opportunities against Middlesbrough, as his three-game stint as interim boss came to an end at the Riverside Stadium.
After taking a first-half lead through Chung-Yong Lee, his first goal in 18 months, the hosts turned the game on its head following two goals after the interval from Scott McDonald.
Speaking in his post-match press, Phillips said: “At 1-0 we certainly had the opportunities to increase our lead, but we didn't take them.
“Middlesbrough came back strongly in the second half and it was always going to be difficult for us when they pulled it back to 1-1.
“In the second half they went more direct with their play, looking for the taller strikers.
“We looked to counter that, but we need to develop a ruthless streak and tighten up defensively.
“The players are all disappointed, as having taken the lead we should have gone onto secure a point at the very least.
“Our fans were fantastic again today and I would like to thank them for their support – we have really appreciated it. I’d also like to thank Sammy and Julian who have been tremendous.
“The players have responded to what we have asked them to do and we have really enjoyed working with them.
“Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed our three games looking after the first team. Obviously I am disappointed not to add to our points tally.
“Hopefully we have improved the team and we would have loved to have handed over to Dougie on the back of a win, but it wasn't to be.”