MIDDLESBROUGH (4-3-3):

4 Guzan: Received the wrath of the crowd as he sloppily conceded a penalty – surely Konstantopoulos will start at Liverpool?

4 Fabio: Was nowhere to be seen as Redmond scored Southampton’s second, with his positioning remaining a major weakness

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4 Chambers: Stood a mile off Rodriguez as Southampton opened the scoring and will not have impressed the watching Gareth Southgate

5 Gibson: Not one of the skipper’s most composed displays, although he still won some important tackles and headers

5 Friend: Tried to get Boro going with some surges up the left-hand side, but his crosses often failed to find their target

6 DE ROON: Was one of the few Boro players looking to get on the front foot, and came close with a second-half effort

5 Clayton: Struggled to deal with the movement of Southampton’s attacking midfielders but continued to work away diligently

5 Forshaw: His early-season form has dipped in the second half of the campaign, although his commitment and work ethic can’t be faulted

6 Bamford: Didn’t always look sharp, but his relief when he finally found the back of net was obvious – could be a key player next season

5 Negredo: Found himself feeding off scraps once again, and could be forgiven for feeling relief when his loan finally ends

4 Downing: Finds himself cast as the terrace boo-boy, which is unfair – however this was another thoroughly unremarkable display


Subs:

Leadbitter (for Forshaw, 60): Tried to provide some leadership in the closing stages, and is another player who could be much more influential next season 5

Fischer (for Downing, 60): Delivered the corner for Bamford’s goal and has probably been unfortunate not have had more opportunities this season 6

(not used): Konstantopoulos (gk), Barragan, Bernardo, Traore, Stuani.


SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1):

Forster 6; Pied 7, Caceres 6, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 7; Clasie 6, Romeu 7; Long 8 (Austin 87), Hojbjerg 6 (Davis 74), Boufal 5 (Redmond 46, 7); RODRIGUEZ 8.

Subs (not used): Hassen (gk), Stephens, Targett, Davis, Ward-Prowse.


Man Of The Match: JAY RODRIGUEZ - Scored one goal, set up another, and was always much sharper than any of the forwards in the Middlesbrough ranks.