'Fulham take him back': Middlesbrough fans deliver verdict on Marcus Bettinelli after Barnsley display
Middlesbrough have gone four games without a win after they were beaten 2-0 at Barnsley – and fans were quick to react on social media.
Boro fell behind midway through the second half when goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli made a mess of Alex Mowatt’s in-swinging corner, which went straight into the net.
Bettinelli, who joined Boro on loan at the start of the campaign, will be out of contract at parent club Fulham this summer, yet many fans would be against re-signing the 28-year-old.
Daryl Dike added a second goal for Barnsley 15 minutes from time, as Valerien Ismael’s side continued their push for a play-off place.
Here’s how some Boro fans reacted to the result:
@Neeks_77: I try my best to defend the keepers, I gave Randolph a lot of stick for his decision making, but damn Bettinelli is getting harder and harder to defend. He has made some shocking errors and he has cost us so many points this year! Shame as he could have been brilliant for us!
@Smithy_MFC84: We’re wasting opportunities to experiment and give fringe/youth players a chance. Instead of using these remaining games to do just that, we’re going through the motions. Better days are coming, but these last few weeks will be painful on this evidence.
@AJLancaster17: I’ve tried to defend Bettinelli as much as I could last few weeks, but not today,
@smoggyontour86: So many players I’d give rid of from this Boro squad. Simply not good enough.
@borofc123: Bettinelli is poor, hopefully, Warnock doesn’t sign him. We’d have been better keeping Pears tbh.
@RobSc0tt: Too easy to blame the first on Bettinelli. Collectively it was awful. The second one you can. Should have thrown his cap on the initial header. Dire performance that.
@Boro_shirts: I think as Boro fans we have to accept, we are in the middle of a rebuild. It's probably gonna be difficult for a while longer.
@blainalllinson: Can’t quite believe what I’m about to type but here goes … Guzan > Bettinelli. Honestly @FulhamFC take him & his lurpak coated gloves back ASAP
@andymacca8: The only good thing here is that we surely won't be trying to sign Bettinelli