Player Ratings: Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City - Howson flops in disappointing collapse
Tuesday, 23rd Feb 2021 20:54 by Phil Spencer
Middlesbrough fell to a disappointing 3-1 defeat against Bristol City at the Riverside Stadium.
The result was a real setback as the club looked to close the gap on the top six position.
Two goals from January target Famara Diedhiou and one from Nahki Wells gave the Robins a hefty lead going into the half-time interval.
Neil Warnock’s showed some intent in the second period and got a consolation goal through Dael Fry, but the outcome of the contest rarely looked like changing in a dominant display from the visitors.
Here's how we rated the Teessiders.
Marcus Bettinelli –3
Didn’t have a good game at all. Too slow to react to Bristol City’s counter attack and beaten far too easily.
Looked a mile away from the composed figure that he’s been in recent weeks. Hooked at the break.
Anfernee Dijksteel –4
Had a nightmare of a night against Famara Diedhiou who won almost every battle.
Like the others in defence looked completely overrun in the first half. Looked much stronger in the second period and even grabbed a consolation goal.
Paddy McNair –5
Looked dangerous going forward but really struggled against the pace of Nahki Wells.
Marc Bola –6
Probably Middlesbrough’s best player. Provided a good outlet going forward but never really got going.
Sam Morsy –5
After such an impressive display against Reading this was a sobering night. Appeared to let the game pass him by and struggled to cope with City’s midfield.
Jonny Howson –4
A shocker of a first half with the usually reliable midfielder very sloppy on the ball.
Neeskens Kebano –5
Almost redundant during a difficult first half period. Came into the game in the second half but still far from his best.
Had a difficult game. Struggled to penetrate the Bristol City defence and was sloppy in possession. Had a decent chance early in the second half but sent it over.
Taken off in the first half with what looked like a hamstring injury. Neil Warnock will be praying that it’s not serious.
Brought on to replace Ashley Fletcher but struggled to make an impact on the game.
Brought on at the break but really struggled to put his stamp on the game.
Introduced in the second half and played a simple game. Looked for an opening but couldn't break Bristol City down.
Not convinced he touched the ball after coming on.
Brought on late in the game but struggled to make an impact other than a corner that was tipped onto the bar.
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