Collins: Will have been relieved when Saville’s early header landed safely in his arms. One or two dodgy clearances, but safe enough. 6
Sibbick: Somewhat fortunate that his early error was not punished by Saville. 6
Helik: Had a half-chance in the first half and was solid at the back. 7
Andersen: No real alarms and steady. 7
Brittain: Posted elements of danger in a typically high-energy showing. Set up second goal. 7
Palmer: Up for the battle against seasoned pros in Howson and Saville. 6
Mowatt: Tried to dictate and went close with an inswinging first half corner. Fared better to put the Reds ahead. Talisman. 7
Styles: Not as involved as Ismael would have liked going forward in first period. 6
Frieser: Handed a start and was pretty quiet. Brought off at the break. 5
Woodrow: Did not get too much joy about Boro’s backline in first half. Sacrificed early in second half. 6
Dike: Enjoyed a good battle with Hall and got his rewards belatedly. 7.
Substitutes: Morris (Frieser 45). Helped turn the game in Barnsley's favour. 7
Chaplin (Woodrow 57). Bright and busy when he came on. 6
Halme (Palmer 57). Held ground well in trademark fashion. 6
Not used: Walton, J Williams, Oduor, Sollbauer, Adeboyejo, Moon.
Bettinelli: Flapped at Mowatt’s first half corner and compounded that moment with a horror moment for the Reds’ opener. It killed Boro. 4.
Fisher: Solid up until last half hour when Barnsley took over. 6
McNair: Posted threat from set-plays and was solid in defence before the game went. 7
Hall: Resolute performance at the back and could not be blamed. 7
Bola: Decent first half, came off deep into second. 6
Howson: Won his fair share of second balls. Disciplined enough. 6
Saville: Spurned a golden opportunity on a day of few chances. Costly moment. 6
Spence: Needed to be competitive and was in the main. 6.
Kebano: Worked hard in his defensive duties and threatened with his pace. 6
Watmore: Showed little flashes, but not really a day for forwards. 5
Akpom: Pretty anonymous in truth. 5
Substitutes: Assombalonga (Watmore 70) 5; Bolaise (Kebano 70) 5; Fletcher (Akpom 70), 5; Coulson (Spence 80); Johnson (Bola 80).
Not used: Archer.