How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's 1-0 defeat at Cardiff City?


Smithies 7; Peltier 6, Morrison 6, Flint 6, Bennett 6; Bacuna 7, Ralls 6, Paterson 6; Murphy 5 (Hoilett 46, 6), Bogle 6 (Ward 66, 6), WHYTE 7.

Subs (not used): Etheridge (gk), Vaulks, Nelson, Tomlin, Mendez-Laing.


6 Randolph: Helpless to prevent the own goal, but did well to deny Flint’s header and was enough of a presence when Cardiff’s shooting was wayward

7 Shotton: Mostly held Cardiff’s front line in check and headed down an inviting ball that Saville blasted over

6 Ayala: Some strong challenges and calm in possession, but unable to inspire a late assault in the dying moments

5 Fry: Caught out of position on a couple of occasions and found the pace of Murphy difficult to handle

4 Dijksteel: Had an early shot blocked, but too easily beaten by Murphy on the flank and lucky not to give away a penalty

6 McNair: Hit an awful early shot well wide before his energy at least stood him above the fray

5 Clayton: Worked hard, but to little effect and unable to provide the service his front two were craving

6 Saville: Set up McNair for a shot early on, but faded quickly until he blasted over from Shotton’s knock-down

4 Johnson: Not a major influence, until he was fortunate to escape a penalty for a push on Whyte

5 Assombalonga: Linked neatly with Fletcher early on, but faded as an attacking threat and lucky not to get hooked

5 Fletcher: Poor defensive body position at the corner led to own goal, but his response at least was industrious if not very effective


Browne (for Saville, 73)

Wing (for Clayton, 78)

Tavernier (for Johnson, 80)

(not used): Pears (gk), Howson, Bola, Walker.

Man of the Match: GAVIN WHYTE – His pace, directness and trickery gave Boro an uncomfortable afternoon, even if his final ball was often wayward.