How did the players fare in Middlesbrough's 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday?


7 Dieng: Didn’t have a lot to do, but made an excellent second-half save from Ugbo’s low shot

7 Ayling: Got forward effectively down the right-hand side and delivered the pass to set up Jones’ goal

8 Howson: Seemed to have all the time in the world at the heart of the Boro back four – has done superbly as a centre-half

7 Clarke: Won a couple of important headers when Sheff Wed tried to get the ball forward and was steady throughout

6 Thomas: Started shakily as he gave the ball away on a couple of occasions, but improved as the game wore on

8 BARLASER: Ran the game from the heart of midfield, popping off short passes and breaking forward effectively

7 O’Brien: Used the ball effectively as he dovetailed neatly with Barlaser and might well have won a second-half penalty

8 Jones: Was passed fit despite his knock against Southampton and capped an effective display with his deflected goal

6 Azaz: Had his moments in the final third, and was generally looking to be proactive in possession

7 Greenwood: Asked questions of the Sheff Wed defence all afternoon, but rolled his spot-kick against the base of the post

7 Latte Lath: Failed to find the target on a couple of occasions, but his movement troubled the opposition throughout


Engel (for Thomas, 75)

Dijksteel (for Jones, 83)

Silvera (for Latte Lath, 83)

Gilbert (for Azaz, 87)

(not used): Glover (gk), Willis, Lennon, McCabe, Woolston.

SHEFF WED (3-4-3):

Beadle 5; Diaby 4 (Poveda 61, 4), Ihiekwe 3, Famewo 4; Valentin 5 (Iorfa 61, 4), Vaulks 4 (Hendrick 76), Bannan 4, JOHNSON 5; Ugbo 5 (Smith 76), Cadamarteri 5 (Gassama 46, 4), Musaba 4.

Subs (not used): Dawson (gk), Palmer, Hendrick, Smith, Fletcher, James.

Man Of The Match: DAN BARLASER – The Middlesbrough midfielder pulled the strings in the central third.