How Middlesbrough's players rated in the 1-1 draw at Southampton:

9 Dieng: Outstanding in the second half when he made a string of crucial saves.

6 Ayling: Difficult start, should have stopped cross for goal but stood up to difficult challenge.

7 Howson: Error for the first goal but showed his character and experience to recover and perform superbly in unfamiliar position.

8 Clarke: Outstanding at the heart of the defence, particularly in the second half. Made a superb late block to deny Armstrong shortly before goal.

5 Engel: Decision making and final ball poor in the first half when he repeatedly got into promising positions. Stuck to his task defensively in the second half.

6 Barlaser: Spent much of the first half chasing when Southampton were dominating possession. Worked hard.

6 O’Brien: Tough first half but tidy and positive in possession. Got better as game went on.

7 Jones: Threat on the right on the break throughout. Final ball frustrating at times but speed troubled Southampton. Late injury a worry.

7 Azaz: Provided link between midfield and attack and found pockets of space. Went close in first half when he hit the post.

5 Greenwood: Largely anonymous again. Just not having enough of an impact on games.

7 Latte Lath: Tireless display, always alive to possibility of openings. Stuck at it and got last minute rewards


Silvera (for Greenwood, 75): N/A

Gilber (for Jones, 80): N/A

Thomas (for Azaz, 90+2): N/A

Subs not used: Jones, Dijksteel, Willis, Lennon, McCabe, Woolston

Southampton: Bazunu 6, Walker-Peters 6, Stephens 7 , Harwood-Bellis 7, Bree 7; Downes 7, Smallbone 6 (Edozie 90+1), S.Armstrong 6 (Aribo, 90+1); A.Armstrong 7 (Mara, 84), Sulemana 6 (Fraser, 63), Adams 6 (Brooks, 63)

Subs not used: Lumley, Manning, Rothwell, Bednarek

Man of the Match: Dieng. Kept Boro in it in second half. One of his best displays in a Boro shirt.