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Clayton coy on Boro system

Boss Aitor Karanka had stuck rigidly to a 4-2-3-1 system in Boro's previous outings but made a tactical change for the goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium, going with three central midfielders who sat deep.

Having frustrated the Gunners, while also creating several chances to score on the counter, Clayton was full of praise for Karanka for the alterations he made.

The 27-year-old says Boro are likely to use the same tactics when they go away but feels they will need to be more expansive at the Riverside, admitting the onus is on them to go and win the game.

When asked whether fans would see the same set-up when Bournemouth come to town this weekend, Clayton told the Gazette: “When you’re at home, against Bournemouth say, then you have to go and look for a goal and the onus is on you to set the shape and tempo so it will be a different set of challenges.

“We will work on it all week and the gaffer is really good at that, making sure we know what we need to do in the next games.

“But playing like that against Arsenal will be a big boost and it was a massive point we really needed to get on the board after a couple of sticky weeks.

“Now if we can go into next Saturday and give a good account of ourselves and get another three points then we can really start our season.

“Bournemouth is probably a bigger game than Arsenal as they are in and around the same part of the table as us but they are a team we think we can beat. Hopefully we will go out and get the result.”

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