How did the Middlesbrough players rate in play-off first leg defeat to Aston Villa?

Middlesbrough have it all to do in their play-off semi final second leg against Aston Villa on Tuesday.

Saturday, 12th May 2018, 8:06 pm
Updated Saturday, 12th May 2018, 8:11 pm
Adama Traore in action for Middlesbrough. Pictures by Frank Reid.

They trail 1-0 after Mile Jedinak gave Villa a 1-0 advantage with a first half header.

Here's how the Boro players rated:

Robert Snodgrass battles for the ball in Aston Villa's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.

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Boro (4-1-4-1):

Darren Randolph: Brilliant save first half to deny Snodgrass, palming ball on to the post. Had little to do second half and couldn't do much for the goal....6

Ryan Shotton: Jedinak got above him for the opener. Long throws didn't really threaten Villa. Moved into central defence when Ayala went off....6

Daniel Ayala: Kept Lewis Grabban under control for most of the game. The pick of the Boro defence. Forced off through injury 64 minutes in. Big loss if serious injury...7

Ben Gibson: Committed as ever. Booked.....6

George Friend: Had Snodgrass to contend with, a good battle down the left-side with Friend up to the challenge. Booked.....6

Adam Clayton: Battled hard in central midfield. Grealish gave him a tough time though, Villa's best player.....6

Adama Traore: A constant threat. Villa often had at least two men on him. Quieter second half but still Boro's brightest player....7

Muhamed Besic: Heavily involved in the first half. Always looking for the ball, Boro needed more quality from central midfield....6

Jonny Howson: Linked up well with Assombalonga on the half hour mark, two good openings. Always looking for the ball...7

Stewart Downing: Enjoyed a good first half, quieter second 45. Not as influential in open play....6

Britt Assombalonga: Two good openings on the half hour mark, fired over and then into the side-netting. Should have scored....6

Subs: Fabio (for Ayala, 64): Added pace down the right-hand flank. Added an attacking threat...6Patrick Bamford (for Assombalonga, 76): Tried to make an impact but didn't threaten Villa goal...5Not Used: Konstantopoulos (gk), Fry, Cranie, Leadbitter, Harrison.Booked: Friend (45+1), Gibson (49)Goals: None.Villa (4-2-3-1): Johnstone; Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton; Jedinak, Hourihane; Snodgrass, Grealish, Adomah; Grabban.Subs: Bunn (gk), Samba, Whelan, Bjarnason, Onomah, Hogan, Kodjia.Booked: Hourihane (13), Snodgrass (75)Goals: Jedinak (15)Referee: Robert Madley. Attendance: 29,233