How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's 3-1 home defeat to Cardiff?


5 Pears: Didn’t have a chance with any of the Cardiff goals but had a couple of shaky moments trying to punch crosses

4 Dijksteel: Got himself into a terrible position for Murphy’s first goal and has a lot to learn if he is going to feature next season

5 Fry: Struggled against Glatzel all afternoon and could find himself struggling to retain his spot if Warnock remains

4 Friend: Suffered another difficult afternoon, with his lengthy reflection after full-time suggesting his time at Boro is coming to an end

4 Johnson: Lost Morrison completely for the first goal and is another player who could be leaving this summer given his contract is up

4 Spence: Clearly has plenty of potential, but desperately needs to brush up on his decision-making, as highlighted by Cardiff’s third goal

4 Saville: Couldn’t get close enough to Cardiff’s midfielders and offered little or nothing in an attacking sense

3 Howson: Blotted an otherwise acceptable performance with a senseless dismissal in the dying seconds – will miss Wednesday’s final game as a result

6 TAVERNIER: One of the few bright spots in the Boro ranks – rattled the crossbar with an excellent second-half strike

4 Roberts: Couldn’t reproduce his match-winning display from Reading – his recent exertions might well be catching up with him

5 Fletcher: Put himself about willingly enough, but didn’t get much change from the Cardiff defence when challenging for headers


6 Coulson (for Roberts, 57): Added some welcome energy down the left-hand side, although his best position remains unclear

6 Assombalonga (for Dijksteel, 57): Got Boro on the scoresheet with a wonderful late free-kick

5 McNair (for Saville, 57): Wasn’t able to make much of a difference in the final half-hour

4 Nmecha (for Fletcher, 67): His loan move has been something of a waste of time – hasn’t really added anything in any of his appearances

(not used): Stojanovic (gk), Wood, Wing.

CARDIFF (4-2-3-1):

Smithies 7; Bacuna 7, MORRISON 8, Nelson 8, Bennett 7; Ralls 7 (Bamba 90), Vaulks 7; Mendez-Laing 8 (Sanderson 90), Tomlin 7 (Pack 71), Hoilett 5 (Murphy 17, 8); Glatzel 7 (Ward 71).

Subs (not used): Etheridge (gk), Flint, Bamba, Smith, Paterson.

Man Of The Match: SEAN MORRISON – The imposing Cardiff skipper is exactly the type of player Boro have been crying out for all season.