Joe Nicholson's Middlesbrough player ratings: Paddy McNair stars as two Boro men earn 8s in Watford draw

Middlesbrough came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Watford at the Riverside after a headed equaliser from substitute Yannick Bolasie.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 5:08 pm
Ismaila Sarr of Watford celebrates after scoring against Middlesbrough.

The result ended Watford’s six-match winning run, with Xisco Munoz’s side sitting second in the Championship table and fighting for automatic promotion.

Watford started brightly and took the lead when Philip Zinckernagel’s effort deflected in off Ismaila Sarr, who was played onside by two Boro defenders.

Despite a lack of attacking threat and a first-half injury to Sam Morsy, Boro were well organised and limited their opponents’ chances in the second half before drawing level in the 78th minute.

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Didn’t have much to do. Parried an effort in the first half which led to Watford’s goal. 6

The goal came when Paddy McNair’s inviting free-kick was met by Bolasie, who headed home just minutes after coming off the bench.

That goal also gave Boro their first point since beating Preston on March 16, following back-to-back defeats at Millwall and Bournemouth.

Here’s how the Teessiders fared at the Riverside Stadium.

Slow to get out as Sarr was played onside for Watford’s goal. Looked solid in the second half. 6
Commanding at the back. Won his aerial duels and kept striker Joao Pedro on the fringes. 8
Excellent free-kick led to Boro’s equaliser. An assured performance alongside Hall in defence. 8
A poor clearance led to the first goal but the full-back recovered well in the second half. 6
A sliced clearance proved costly in the first half, but the Boro skipper helped keep his side’s shape in midfield. 6
Was industrious in midfield and helped keep Watford at arm’s length in the early exchanges. Forced off with an injury midway through the first half. 6
Full of energy in midfield as Boro stayed in contention to earn a point. 6
Slow to push out for the goal as Sarr was played onside. Struggled to make an impact going forward. 5
Delivered a few crosses into the box and tracked his full-back. Subbed in the second half. 6
Worked hard up front but received little support. 6
(for Morsy, 27) Operated in the No 10 position but didn’t look like a natural fit for the role. 5
(for Kebano, 73) Made an immediate impact as his header rescued a point. 7
(for Watmore, 73) A late cameo as Boro pushed for a leveller. 6