Jonathan Woodgate reveals thoughts on Harold Moukoudi debut and why he changed formation at Brentford

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate during his side's 3-2 defeat at Brentford.Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate during his side's 3-2 defeat at Brentford.
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate during his side's 3-2 defeat at Brentford.
Jonathan Woodgate tried to take the positives following Middlesbrough’s 3-2 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.

Boro came from behind twice against the Bees as a Lewis Wing strike and Ashley Fletcher header cancelled out goals from Julian Jeanvier and Bryan Mbeumo respectively.

Both sides had chances to win the game, yet it was Brentford striker Ollie Watkins who took his opportunity six minutes from time.

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“I thought we played well, I thought we controlled parts of the game but they are a good team near the top of the table,” said Woodgate after the match.

“They are a good side but I'd say we matched them. Disappointed not to get a point out of the game.”

Boro changed their formation to play with a back four at Griffin Park – a decision which Woodgate felt was justified.

“We did it against West Brom,” said the Boro boss when asked why he changed the side’s system. “We have done it at different times this season and I thought it suited us.”

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Woodgate made two changes to his side following last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn as centre-back Harold Moukoudi came in to make his debut.

When asked how he thought the 22-year-old fared, Woodgate said: “Very well, he’s going to be a real player.

“He showed composure, very good on the ball, quick, strong. He’s going to be a very good player that kid. I’m pleased for him.”

The changes meant Djed Spence dropped to the bench after 10 straight starts for Boro.

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“He’s played a lot of games,” Said Woodgate when discussing the teenager’s omission. “He’s only a young kid, 19-year-old.”

Boro’s other new signing Ravel Morrison started on the bench against Brentford but didn’t make his debut.

On Morrison, Woodgate said: “He’s only trained Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday so it’s too early. The players have been doing really well who have been playing.

“It’s the second time I’ve been able to really look at my bench and think who can I put on? what can I do? It’s getting better, there are a few more players coming back so it’s getting better.”