Middlesbrough suffer another injury blow as Neil Warnock explains his defensive system against Watford

Sam Morsy will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage after he was forced off during Middlesbrough’s 1-1 draw with Watford.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 3:32 pm

Boro came from behind to earn a point at the Riverside after substitute Yannick Bolasie’s header cancelled out Ismaila Sarr’s first-half opener.

Morsy was forced off and replaced by Hayden Coulson midway through the first half after the midfielder was on the receiving end of a tackle from Watford’s Nathaniel Chalobah.

“He’s out for the season now, he’s done his medial ligament,” said Boro boss Neil Warnock when asked about Morsy.

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Sam Morsy of Middlesbrough receives medical treatment.

“We don’t know how bad it is yet but he’s out for the season so we have blow after blow on the injuries.

“That’s four first-team players and we had to put Hayden in midfield where he’s never played in his life.

Bolasie’s goal was Boro’s first effort on target but Warnock was pleased with how his side played.

“The way that Watford are playing at the minute, winning six on the trot, they are absolutely flying and their confidence is sky high,” Warnock added.

“We had to be as if we were playing away from home and I thought structurally we were proper, it might have looked a bit negative but they would have passed through us.

“We were organised, disciplined and tried to catch them on the break as much as we could.

“We said second half we felt we could have got stronger but the goal did us a bit, we thought it was a handball, he did it so quick.

“I don’t think they’ll have a tougher game this season.”

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