MIDDLESBROUGH boss Garry Monk pleaded for calm after his side were booed off after slipping to a 1-0 defeat to Cardiff.
Boro have failed to win in five games and now sit ten points behind their second-placed opponents after a late Joe Ralls penalty sealed a dour game.
A reckless challenge on Nathaniel Mendez-Laing by substitute Adama Traore gifted the visitors an 84th minute penalty – and the star made no mistake from the spot.
Monk, who was again subjected to jeering and calls to bring on Patrick Bamford, admitted his Boro side are struggling to find form.
But he told fans: “It is clearly a frustrating period but that is a harsh result on us, 100 per cent.
“We knew it would not be a game of many chances, they are disciplined and well organised but we showed patience, we had the ascendancy and we looked like the ones who were going to win it.
“We understand the frustration of fans. We are as frustrated ourselves but what is clear is that we stick together. We need their support.
“You can see the spirit of the players and how committed they are. It is easy to lose focus on what we have done well but we are being punished for errors. We are close.”
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Meanwhile, John Terry headed home his first goal for Aston Villa and Albert Adomah notched the winner as they defeated Fulham.
Stefan Johansen had pulled the visitors level before the former Boro win struck to earn the points.
Villa boss Steve Bruce said: “What can you say about John Terry? He’s 36 and he still keeps doing it.”
Samuel Saiz scored a brace to get Leeds back into winning ways with a 3-0 triumph at Bristol City as both teams saw red.
Attacking midfielder Saiz got his first goal in the fourth minute. Ten minutes later he Siaz claimed his eighth goal of the season.
Pierre-Michel Lasogga got a deserved goal himself in the 67th minute when he met Phillips’ corner at the near post to glance home a header for his fourth goal of the campaign and seal Leeds first points in four games.
Both teams were reduced to ten men in the 80th minute when City substitute Matty Taylor and United right back Gaetano Berardi appeared to head-butt each other in front of the dugouts which sparked confrontations between the backroom staff from both clubs.
Frazier Campbell scored the only goal as Hull City beat Barnsley to secure their first league win away from home for 427 days.
Brentford came from 3-1 down at half time to deny Sunderland a third league win of the season.
The Black Cats, with just four points from their past 10 matches, trailed to a Nico Yennaris goal.
Lewis Grabban struck an equaliser, Bryan Oviedo’s corner was fumbled in by ‘keeper David Bentley for number two and a Grabban penalty made it 3-1.
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Florian Jozefzoon’s stunner got the Bees back into it before Neal Maupay’s deflected shot earned a point.
Idrissa Sylla scored a stylish equaliser as QPR denied bottom club Bolton a second successive win.
Wanderers had led when Gary Madine knocked down Josh Vela’s corner into the path of Darren Pratley, who headed in before Sylla’s flicked finish from Luke Freeman’s cross secured a point.
Matej Vydra’s early penalty fired Derby on their way to victory over 10-man Sheffield Wednesday.
Vydra struck his seventh goal of the campaign after being felled by Glenn Loovens, who was shown a straight red.
Sub Bradley Johnson made it 2-0 late on, finding the roof of the net from Johnny Russell’s pass.
Nottingham Forest secured their third win in eight matches as Burton failed to score for a fifth straight game and ruined Nigel Clough’s return to the City Ground.
Forest took the lead shortly after the break when Stephen Bywater’s punched clearance fell to Barrie McKay, who duly volleyed home.
Eric Lichaj then hit a second from close-range after a flick from McKay.
Sheffield United maintained their thumping start to the season by holding off a late Reading charge at Bramall Lane.
Paul Coutts’ powerful left-foot shot gave the promoted side the lead and Billy Sharp tapped in from Mark Duffy’s cross to double the advantage before the break/
Roy Beerens set-up a dramatic finish by pulling one back with five minutes to go but the Blades held firm to stay third.
Millwall condemned Birmingham to their first loss under new manager Steve Cotterill.
Blues full-back Maxime Colin turned Steve Morison’s cross into his own net seconds after half time before Ryan Tunnicliffe netted with just under a quarter of an hour to go.