Middlesbrough 1 Cardiff City 3 - Player ratings

Middlesbrough suffered yet another defeat at the Riverside Stadium, this time at the hands of Neil Warnock's former club Cardiff City.

HOME DEFEAT: Middlesbrough 1-3 Cardiff City. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.
HOME DEFEAT: Middlesbrough 1-3 Cardiff City. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Here are the ratings for Middlesbrough's players from the Championship clash, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.

Pears, 6: Nice and vocal and had no chance with the first two goals. Made a decent save to beat away Ralls's long-ranger in the first half. Unlucky with the visitors' third.

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Dijksteel, 5: His grave error in electing to challenge Tomlin and leaving Murphy free as Cardiff countered cost Boro in terms of the visitors' second goal. Substituted.

Fry, 4: A mistake let Glatzel in the clear in the first half and could not get to grips with the big forward. Beaten by Mendez-Laing in the build-up to Cardiff's third. Tough day.

Friend, 5: Difficult first half and could easily have been red-carded.

Spence, 6: A couple of half-chances and switched to the left in the first period. Work in progress.

Howson, 4: Could not inspire Boro and check the threat of Tomlin. Picked up his second yellow late on for a poor challenge on Vaulks.

HOME DEFEAT: Middlesbrough 1-3 Cardiff City. Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire.

Saville, 5: Could not make things happen.

Johnson, 5: Caught ball-watching for Cardiff's first goal.

Tavernier, 7: Cajoled quite a bit by Warnock and was comfortably Boro's best player over the course.

Roberts, 5: Failed to re-create the magic of Reading.

Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire.

Fletcher, 5: Got no change out of Cardiff's backline.

Substitutes: McNair (Saville 58), 5: Little impact.

Coulson (Roberts 58), 7: Provided Boro with some badly-needed energy and urgency on left.

Assombalonga (Dijksteel 58), 7: Quality free-kick as he reached double figures for the season.

Nmecha (Fletcher 67), 6: Went close with a hooked half-volley and threatened more than Fletcher on the day.

Subs not used: Stojanovic, Wood, Wing.

Cardiff City: Smithies; Bacuna, Morrison, Nelson, Bennett; Mendez-Laing (Sanderson 72), Vaulks, Ralls (Bamba 90), Hoilett (Murphy 17); Tomlin (Pack 72), Glatzel (Ward 72). Substitutes unused: Etheridge, Flint, Smith, Paterson.