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Adomah frustrated by lack of time for Boro new-boys to settle
ALBERT ADOMAH has described how difficult it has been to integrate Middlesbrough's latest signings in to Tony Mowbray's team plans since the transfer window closed a fortnight ago.
Both Kei Kamara and Jacob Butterfield made their debuts in a Boro shirt during Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Ipswich Town, bringing to an end an encouraging four-match unbeaten run.
While Butterfield was able to train at Rockliffe Park last week, Kamara's build up to the trip to Portman Road was spent in Sierra Leone on international duty and awaiting international clearance.
When he did receive the necessary paperwork, he only joined up with his new team-mates at the hotel in Suffolk on Friday night meaning he had not a chance to train with the squad.
The absence of Adomah, who himself only arrived back to Teesside on Thursday morning after a gruelling friendly in Yokohama with Ghana, meant it was difficult to work on shape building up to the game with the starting XI.
And the situation is hardly likely to improve. Yesterday's warm down session means there is only today to get the players back together before tomorrow night's trip to third-placed Nottingham Forest.
It will then be another quick turnaround for Mowbray to get his team prepared for the visit of Bournemouth to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday. It is not ideal, but Adomah feels they just have to focus on gelling as quickly as they can.
“The players that were still around trained, but I only came back on Thursday morning,” said Adomah. “Fair play to the manager, he gets on with what he has around.
“It is not ideal, that's the nature of football during international break. Some players will turn up later for preparation, which makes it harder. That's what happened with Kei, I only came back Thursday too.
“I was in Japan. That was a long journey. I was surprised he let me play 90 minutes, I wasn't tired, but I didn't feel I was at my best. It was a 12-hour flight. A long way. It can rake its toll.
“Kei only arrived with us on Friday night and made his debut as a sub. We are all working together. I am still new to the team too, it is not long since I joined, so I'm still getting to know everyone. That takes time.
“Butterfield was another new face in the team we are just finding our way. You could do with more time, but we haven't had it.”
Middlesbrough, with Butterfield in the midfield as a replacement for the injured Jozsef Varga, started brightly enough at Ipswich and claimed the lead through Adomah's first goal for the club.
But the Tractor Boys soon took command. After levelling through David McGoldrick, they went on to win comfortably when Luke Chambers added a second before McGoldrick completed the win in stoppage-time.
The defeat was deserved after failing to build on the promising start and Adomah had no excuses for the most disappointing team display since his £1.2m switch from Bristol City last month.
“It was good for me to get my first goal for Boro, but it is annoying that we conceded three sloppy goals,” said Adomah. “We were just not at it. It is a shame.
“Out there on the pitch it was not the same team as before. We did not play to our best. We just weren't on point. Nobody tries to play bad, we all try to do what we can. We just couldn't match Ipswich, they did the basics right.
“They were more direct and everything seemed to work better. The good thing is we have a game on Tuesday coming up. We have to put this right. It is only one defeat. We can respond positively.
“Forest are a good team, it will be a different team, a different game, we have to be ready in the Championship. If you are a footballer you need to move on quickly. We can put things right.”
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