'All action', 'quality', 'class act' - Middlesbrough live up to their Championship billing to see off Bradford City and clean up in player ratings

Middlesbrough were comfortable winners over Bradford City in the League Cup third round.

As always, the best hope of a shock was for the higher-ranked side to be lukewarm, but Championship Boro played tothe level they would expect for themselves, and were rewarded with a 2-0 win.

Harry Lewis – should have done better with the opening goal, but quickly followed it with a very good save to deny Emmanuel latte Lath his second 6

COMFORTABLE: Middlesbrough celebrate Morgan Rogers' contest-ending goalCOMFORTABLE: Middlesbrough celebrate Morgan Rogers' contest-ending goal
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Brad Halliday – a late shot showed good spirit but had his hands full defensively 6

Matty Platt – a tough night against some quality and hard-to-pin-down forwards 5

Sam Stubbs – one memorable bit of covering when Latte Lath cleverly nutmegged Platt 6

Liam Ridehalgh – Boro's rotating players caused him plenty of problems 5

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Clarke Oduor – one dangerous volley blocked, but not much else 6

Dan Oyegoke – could not get a foothold against Dan Barlaser and Hayden Hackney in midfield, a position he is learning this season 6

Alex Gilliead – chasing shadows at times 5

Chisom Afoka – ineffective although he could hardly be held completely responsible – Bradford could not get the ball to the winger 5

Jamie Walker – unable to have a shot 5

Andy Cook – no chance to build on his weekend hat-trick 5


Ryan Tulloch (for Afoka, HT) – showed some fancy footwork when he came on 6

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Alex Pattison (for Walker, 71) – had Bradford's only shot on goal, although it didn't trouble Tom Glover much 6

Adam Wilson (for Oduor, 71) – game was petering out when he came on 5

Tyler Smith (for Cook, 71) – minutes under the belt 5

Ciaran Kelly (for Ridehalgh, 71)Middlesbrough's attacking potency had dropped off by then with the job done 5

Not used: Smallwood, Osadebe, Doyle, Pointon.

Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)

Tom Glover – a couple of shaky moments in the first half but he did not let them become an issue 5

Tommy Smith – got into good crossing positions 7

Dael Fry – little chance to show what he could do 6

Paddy McNair – likewise 6

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Lewis O'Brien – an all-action performance with contributions at both ends from the makeshift left-back 8

Hayden Hackney –a few moments where you could see his quality 7

Dan Barlaser – pinged a couple of lovely passes and fired a free-kick just wide 7

Sammy Silvera – popped up all over, to good effect 7

Morgan Rogers – scored the goal which settled it 7

Riley McGree – a class act, popping up everywhere 8

Emmanuel Latte Lath – a good finish, though he might have had a second soon after 7


Alex Gilbert (for McGree, 71) – Boro were just seeing the game out when he came on 6

Not used: I Jones, Howson, Coburn, Coulson, Lenihan, Engel, J Jones, McCabe.