Middlesbrough triumphed over Premier League side Crystal Palace in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Wednesday night, and now face Burton Albion in the Quarter Final.
Middlesbrough made several changes from the draw against Derby the week before, but ran out 1-0 winners at the Riverside against Palace.
Here are Boro’s ratings for the tie against Roy Hodgson’s side:
Dimi Konstantopoulos – 7
Was calm and composed all game. Didn’t have much to do in terms of saves, but collected crosses and never looked troubled.
Paddy McNair – 5
Although he kept a clean sheet, McNair was often out of position, and a lot of Palace attacks came from the left-hand side.
Danny Batth – 7
Batth made good on his first start for the club, and provides added competition in an already competitive position.
Dani Ayala – 7
Looked composed and played some good long balls up the field to the likes of Jordan Hugill and Rudy Gestede.
George Friend – 8
Arguably Friend’s best performance in a Boro shirt this season came against Palace, and was a constant threat going forwards and was solid when defending against the pacey and tricky Andros Townsend.
Sam McQueen – 5
Unfortunately for McQueen, his afternoon only lasted 29 minutes, after leaving the field on a stretcher with a knee injury.
Grant Leadbitter – 7
Although sometimes caught in possession, Leadbitter kept Boro ticking over more so than not, breaking up play and linking the defence to the midfield.
Lewis Wing – 9
The match winner. Lewis Wing’s wonder goal in first-half stoppage time proved to be decisive, and could be knocking on the first team door for this weekend against Stoke.
Martin Braithwaite – 7
Had a few good moments, and linked up nicely with Friend on the left.
Marcus Tavernier – 8
Another bright spark along with Wing was Tavernier. He played in behind Hugill and looked to take players on and dribble with the ball at his feet. Another that could be in with a shout on Saturday against Stoke.
Jordan Hugill – 7
Although didn’t have the cutting edge in front of goal, Hugill’s hold up play was brilliant, and substitute Gestede didn’t have the same effect.
Rudy Gestede – 5
Was brought on to win flick ons and take the ball down similar to Hugill, but it didn’t work quite so well.
George Saville – 5
Pretty anonymous in the game and was outshone in central midfield by Lewis Wing.
Ashley Fletcher – 6
Played out on the left-wing and was a good out ball in the final moments. Looked to take players on and get in and around the box.