Superb Saville, Clinical Assombalonga – The best and the worst rated Middlesbrough players vs Bolton

Middlesbrough Player Ratings vs Bolton: Here’s how the players fared

Middlesbrough continued their impressive form under Tony Pulis this season by picking up a 2-0 win against Bolton Wanderers. Boro looked confident with the ball in possession and defended diligently as they kept pace with leaders Leeds United.

George Saville opened the scoring for Tony Pulis’ side in the first half with a well-taken finish into the bottom left corner. Middeslbrough held their nerve as Bolton tested them on many occasions, but it was the perfect end to the game with substitute striker Britt Assombalonga bagging a goal in stoppage time.

Pulis will be satisfied with his team’s performance and should now focus on their weekend clash against Swansea City.

Middlesbrough Player Ratings

Darren Randolph (6/10)

Made one or two decent saves but was largely untested in goal.

Ryan Shotton (8/10)

Shotton enjoyed a superb game and was energetic throughout. He threatened the goal on one or two occasions as well.

Daniel Ayala (8/10)

It was another majestic performance from Boro’s veteran centre-back who looked solid at the back.

Aden Flint (7/10)

Flint gave away the ball on one or two occasions, but he did make a number of vital tackles in the box.

George Friend (7/10)

Friend was impressive with his passing and distribution down the flank. His work rate was good as well.

Jonny Howson (6/10)

Howson scuppered a couple of opportunities in the final third and was unable to produce a goal.

Adam Clayton (7/10)

Clayton’s distribution and defensive contribution were very helpful for Boro in this game.

George Saville (9/10)

Capped a superb performance with a calmly slotted goal. Saville tracked back to support in defence as well.

Stewart Downing (7/10)

Downing whipped in a number of balls into the box but none found its way past the net. His raids down the right flank posed all sorts of problems to the opposition.

Stewart Downing

Jordan Hugill (6/10)

Hugill was wasteful in front of goal and didn’t look focused on the night.

Martin Braithwaite (7/10)

Braithwaite won a number of fouls with his direct running on the ball. He also created a number of opportunities in the final third.

Substitutes

Sam McQueen (6/10)

The defender was brought on to see out the game and he kept his game simple.

Britt Assombalonga (8/10)

Immediately getting on the front foot, Assombalonga was a super sub on the night and wrapped up all three points for Boro.

Muhamed Besic (6/10)

Besic was brought on to bring a sense of stability and security in the middle of the park and that’s exactly what he did.

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