Middlesbrough vs Watford player ratings: Grant Hall and Paddy McNair shine in late showing
Monday, 5th Apr 2021 15:15 by Phil Spencer
Middlesbrough pulled off a late fightback as they secured a 1-1 draw against Watford on Easter Monday.
The Teessiders fell behind due to a defensive lapse in the first half but managed to secure a point when Paddy McNair found Yannick Bolasie late on to equalise from a free-kick.
With that in mind here's our Bonkers For Boro player ratings.
Marcus Bettinelli –6 Had a decent game against Watford.
Made an excellent save in the build up to the Hornet's opener but couldn't do a huge amount about the goal itself.
Didn't have a huge amount to do other than that.
Darnell Fisher - 6 Played well for the vast majority and got stuck in which is exactly what supporters want to see.
Unfortunately let himself down by being slow to react to Watford's goal, meaning that he was one of two players to play Ismailla Sarr onside.
Grant Hall–8 A genuine surprise package in the second half of the season.
Hall put in another dominant display against Watford and did a good job of keeping their attacking talent at bay for long spells.
Paddy McNair –8 Like Hall, McNair enjoyed a solid display in defence as he helped to keep Watford's attackers away from goal and limited them to just two efforts on goal.
Showed his quality at the other end as well with a sublime assist to set up Yannick Bolasie.
Marc Bola–6 Did a decent job against the rapid Ismailla Sarr which he deserves huge credit for.
Unfortunately let himself down with a wild, sliced clearance that ultimately led to Watford taking the lead in the first half.
Jonny Howson –6 Another player who was partially responsible for that Watford opener.
Despite keeping the ball well for long spells Howson did swipe at his clearance which proved costly as Sarr opened the scoring for the Hornets.
George Saville –6 Worked hard in midfield and did the simple things relatively well. Defensively sound but didn't offer much in the way of attacking support.
Sam Morsy –7 Looked to be playing a crucial role in keeping Watford at bay during the opening stages of the game, but ended up coming off after a challenge from Nathaniel Chalobah.
Djed Spence-5 A real mixed display by the youngster.
Spence looked like a real threat going forward as his pace caused plenty of problems for Adam Masina, and even saw him get into a goalscoring position during the first half.
Unfortunately his lack of concentration proved costly yet again as he played Sarr onside for Watford's opener.
Neeskens Kebano–6 Looked like the most likely to create something for long spells as he showed his quality on the left flank, however with no striker in the box his efforts went to waste.
Duncan Watmore - 6 Worked hard in attack but lacks the physicality and ruthless nature to be a long-term solution to the club's attacking problem.
Substitutes Hayden Coulson - 6 Worked extremely hard after coming onto the pitch and showed real promise in attacking areas as he looked to make something happen.
A player who is playing for his future, and this display will certainly be a step in the right direction.
Chuba Akpom -5 Hardly impact the game at all after being brought on in the second half. Really disappointing.
Yannick Bolasie-7 Showed real intent to make something happen as he looked to get himself on the ball. Also showed real hunger to latch onto Paddy McNair's free-kick and grab the equaliser.
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