How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's home defeat to Bristol City?


4 Stojanovic: Should have done much better when he was beaten by Paterson at his front post for Bristol City’s second goal

4 Spence: Looked hesitant in the wake of his midweek injury at Millwall and got into some poor positions when Bristol City broke upfield

3 Fry: Couldn’t deal with the City attack and wasted Boro’s best chance of the game when he blazed over in the first half

5 Shotton: Was far from rock solid in defence, but threatened to cause a problem with a succession of long throws in the first half

4 Friend: Continues to struggle when up against pacy, mobile forwards – couldn’t handle Wells’ movement around the box

4 Johnson: Delivered some dangerous set-pieces, but his defensive positioning was poor and he conceded possession cheaply

5 Saville: Would have scored had Bentley not produced a fine save to tip his first-half header onto the crossbar

5 Howson: Tried to hold things together at the base of midfield but couldn’t prevent Weimann from passing around him

4 McNair: Was supposed to be the most attacking of Boro’s midfielders, but never looked like getting into the Bristol City box

4 Fletcher: Couldn’t maintain the standards he has been setting since lockdown – didn’t really have a sniff of a chance

5 Assombalonga: Was a spectator for 80 minutes, but produced an excellent low finish from the one chance that came his way


6 WING (for Saville, 46): At least tried to get Boro moving forward in the second half – has to have a good chance of starting at Reading

5 Tavernier (for Fletcher, 65): Is another player who is pushing for a starting spot – Boro could have done with his energy in the first half

5 Roberts (for Shotton, 65): Added an attacking threat down the right, but wasted an excellent opening when he paused before shooting

Coulson (for McNair, 77)

Clayton (for Howson, 82)

(not used): Pears (gk), Dijksteel, Morrison, Nmecha.


Bentley 7; Hunt 8 (Vyner 86), Benkovic 8, Kalas 7, Baker 7, Dasilva 7; WEIMANN 9, Smith 7, Paterson 8 (Nagy 86); Wells 8 (O’Dowda 82), Diedhiou 7 (Watkins 82).

Subs (not used): Wollacott (gk), Eliasson, Rowe, Massengo.

Man Of The Match: ANDREAS WEIMANN – The Bristol City midfielder set up all three of his side’s goals and sliced apart the Middlesbrough defence on countless occasions.