Who was the standout performer for Middlesbrough against Aston Villa and who got a 4?

Middlesbrough's promotion hopes were ended by Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 12:58 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th May 2018, 1:06 am
Alan Hutton and Adama Traore battle for the ball.
Alan Hutton and Adama Traore battle for the ball.

Villa led 1-0 from the first leg and the goalless draw last night ensured it was Steve Bruce's side that progressed to the Championship play-off final against Fulham on May 26.

Who stood out and who flopped in the second leg of the Championship play-off semi final?

Middlesbrough (4-1-4-1)

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Darren Randolph: Fortunate to get away with a rushed clearance after ten minutes. Quiet first half but a big second with big saves from Grabban and Grealish. Boro's best player...7

Ryan Shotton: Adomah was targeting his side but coped well after a nervy start. Had his work cut out against Adomah....5

Dael Fry: Nervy start for the 20-year-old but he grew into the game and didn't let anybody down....6

Ben Gibson: Gave the ball away too often first half. Dealt with Grabban well.....5

George Friend: Not his best game for Boro but produced an outstanding tackle to deny Hourihane first half.....5

Adam Clayton: Needed to impose himself on the game more. Produced a couple of good defensive blocks. Lot of sideways balls....5

Muhamed Besic: Looked to keep Boro moving but was liable to giving the ball away at times. Boro lack quality in attacking areas....5

Jonny Howson: Gave the ball away early on but grew into the game. Effort and commitment couldn't be questioned....5

Stewart Downing: Downing was another one to struggle and contribution in open play below his usual standards. Hit the crossbar...5

Adama Traore: Again the winger was being double marked but kept plugging away. Boro needed to get the ball to him quicker.....5

Britt Assombalonga: Offered little first half bar a half-hearted penalty appeal after a strong run. Subbed with 20 minutes to go....4


Patrick Bamford (for Assombalonga, 68): Tried to make an impact....5

Rudy Gestede (for Howson, 73): Didn't cause the Villa defenders any problems...5

Fabio: (for Shotton, 82): Had little time to make an impact....5

Subs Not Used: Konstantopoulos, Cranie, Leadbitter, Gestede.

Booked: Friend (13), Besic (80)

Villa (4-2-3-1): Johnstone, Bree, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Jedinak, Hourihane (Whelan, 85), Snodgrass, Grealish, Adomah (Bjarnason, 90+1), Grabban (Kodjia, 79).

Villa subs: Bunn, Samba, Onamah, Hogan.

Booked: Snodgrass (34), Hutton (44), Grealish (60), Johnstone (87)

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 40,505