Middlesbrough 3 Barnsley 1: How the players rated...

Ricky Charlesworth delivers his verdict after Middlesbrough's impressive 3-1 win over Barnsley in the Championship.

Liam Lindsay showes his frutration as Patrick Bamford scores the third goal.
Liam Lindsay showes his frutration as Patrick Bamford scores the third goal.


Darren Randolph: Maybe could have done better for Barnsley’s goal, parrying the shot straight into path of goalscorer Moore 6

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George Friend: Solid afternoon for the full-back, who got forward as often as possible 6

Daniel Ayala: Well-taken goal for the opener and his usual organised self at the heart of defence 7

Ben Gibson: Home skipper marshalled the potentially awkward Moore well all game. 6

Ryan Shotton: His long throws worked a treat, especially in the first minute when it contributed to Ayala’s opener. 7

Adam Clayton: Usual self as he kept possession and put in a firm tackle when required to do so. 7

Mo Besic: Was tough-tackling when he needed to be and kept things ticking over nicely. 6

Jonny Howson: Got forward plenty, and did a shift in terms of his defensive duties. 6

Stewart Downing: Solid and dependable again from the winger. 7

Adama Traore: Scored a well-taken goal and was head and shoulders above every other player. Glimpses of what he is capable of. 8

Patrick Bamford: Another game, another goal for the striker. Won’t get too many easier than this, either. 7


Lewis Baker (66 for Besic): Slowly being reintegrated into the squad and showed some tidy touches after his introduction. 6

Martin Crainie (83 for Downing): Brought on too late to make any real impact against one of his former clubs 5

Britt Assombalonga (90 for Bamford): N/A

Subs not used: Dimi, Fry, Johnson, Harrison.


Nick Townsend: Had a day to forget especially with the calamitous third goal. Redeemed himself slightly with a good stop to keep out Adama late on. 5

Daniel Pinillos: Couldn’t cope with Adama’s sheer pace. 4

Liam Lindsay: Will be disappointed with some of the goals when he sees them back. 5

Adam Jackson: Shackled Bamford relatively well but again will have concerns over the defending of his side. 5

Dimitri Cavare: Showed some guile but looked out of place at times. 4

Gary Gardner: Got overran in midfield. Not his best day in a Barnsley shirt. 4

Christophe Knasmullner: Found it hard up against the hosts’ razor-sharp and combative midfield trio 5

Ryan Hedges: Offered little going forward and was hooked at the break. 4

Joe Williams: Tried on plenty of occasions to get his side forward, but more often than not they weren’t on his wave-length. Positive performance before being subbed. 6

Kieffer Moore: Cut a frustrated figure first half but was different beast in the second. Took his goal well and hit post afterwards. 6

Oliver McBurnie: Did his best to be a menace but was largely shackled by Boro’s defence. 5


Mamadou Thiam (46 for Hedges): Made a big difference after being introduced at the break. 6

Lloyd Isgrove (61 for Knasmullner): Pint-sized winger showed tenacity and whipped a couple of decent crosses in. 5

Stephen Mallan (76 for Williams): Made no real impression on the match, which had pretty much been sealed by time of his introduction. 4

Subs not used: Davies, Moncur, Yiadom, Pearson.