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'Can't agree, he's garbage!': Middlesbrough fans react as Tony Pulis names controversial team

Jordan Hugill's selection has been criticised
Jordan Hugill's selection has been criticised

Middlesbrough are set to take on Nottingham Forest this afternoon, and Middlesbrough fans have been quick to react after team news was confirmed.

As Aitor Karanka prepares to return to the Riverside Stadium, Tony Pulis' side are seeking another three points as they continue their assault on the Championship summit.

And the Boro boss has named an unchanged side from the team that beat Ipswich Town during midweek - and the decision has left some fans baffled.

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Many are disappointed that striker Britt Assombalonga has been left on the bench, especially given the club's finishing problems in recent weeks, while Dael Fry's omission also comes in for some criticism.

Here's the best of the reaction from supporters on social media:

@MiklosWatson said: "I’m sorry but Batth over Dael? Can’t agree with that one bit."

@SethTrollinsGHC added: "Meh. No Wing again. Feel really bad for him. Guess we’re resting Clayts."

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@justcalledtosay posted: "Not quite sure what Fry’s done wrong to not be in the team let alone the squad. Very unlucky"

@MarcusMLAM81 commented: "Hugill in? He's garbage. Clayton must be rested as he's been immense so far. Feel sorry for Wing and Tavernier as they deserve more game time"

@ManLikeHowsonn disagreed, saying: "hugill is a lot better in our team than britt, we don’t play to britts strengths therefor hugill is better suited"

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@jackshuttlewor4 tweeted: "Good team but no pace on the bench"

@MarkPooley11 added: "Another young player out of squad #Bringbacktheyoungoness"

@stewallace86 posted: "Where’s Wing or Tav. No attacking midfield options on the bench. No need for Rudy and Britt!"