Middlesbrough Player Ratings vs Wigan: Here’s how Boro fared
Middlesbrough eased past Wigan Athletic to a routine 2-0 win, thanks to a brace from Jordan Hugill, sending Tony Pulis’ men back to second spot in the Championship. The striker scored both the goals in the first half, in the space of six minutes to take the game away from the Latics.
Hugill opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Cedric Kipre brought down George Friend in the penalty area. The 26-year-old then netted from a conventional headed effort, from a delicious Martin Braithwaite cross. After the break, it was all about consolidation for the home team, and they shut down the opponents to claim a rather comfortable win.
Middlesbrough Player Ratings
Darren Randolph (6)
Was barely involved in the first half but made a couple of saves after the break.
Dael Fry (8)
He was pushed higher up to influence the game in the attacking half of the pitch. Made one superb covering tackle to get the crowd on his side.
Danny Batth (7.5)
A commanding presence at the back, blocked one goal-scoring shot and looked comfortable.
Aden Flint (7)
Read the game well throughout and remained in authority of the situations in the game.
George Friend (8)
A determined runner who made things happen for the team. His run caused Kipre to bring him down in the penalty box.
Adam Clayton (7)
Produced a few good forward-thinking balls and kept things simple in the midfield.
Mo Besic (6)
The loanee from Everton was sharp in tackling and passing, however, he faded away later on.
Jonny Howson (7)
Worked hard, closed the ball down and was always on hand to lend a helping hand to the team.
Stewart Downing (7.5)
Few sublime touches from the veteran, whipped in some beautiful crosses and looked a real threat in possession. Linked up well with Fry.
Martin Braithwaite (7)
Braithwaite produced some glorious touches to beat the defenders and set up goal-scoring chances. Assisted Hugill’s second goal. Drifted in and out of the game.
Jordan Hugill (9)
Battled hard throughout the game, scored two good goals of different types and kept the defenders on their toes.
Britt Assombalonga (Subbed on after 68 mins) (6)
Came on to inject pace to the team and had one half-chance.
Lewis Wing (Subbed on after 75 mins) (5)
Added zest and worked hard for the team.
George Saville (Subbed on after 82 mins) (N/A)
Had no time to impact the game.