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3 things we learned about Middlesbrough during 2-2 draw with Wigan Athletic

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Middlesbrough salvaged a 2-2 draw against Wigan Athletic in a disappointing display.

The Latics took the lead midway through the first half as Sam Morsy struck to the delight of the home fans.

However a sending off from Chey Dunkley offered the Teessiders a route back into the game.

Lewis Wing struck twice in a four-minute period to swing the pendulum in Middlesbrough’s direction, before an own goal from Harold Moukoudi drew the scores level.

But what did we learn about Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium?

Ravel Morrison’s debut

The former Manchester United man was handed his Middlesbrough debut against Wigan and showed exactly why Jonathan Woodgate was keen to bring him in.

Morrison was lively from the off as a series of penetrating runs looked to cause problems for the hosts.

The 27-year-old oozed quality on the ball as he looked to make his mark on the game with some good passes and delicate touches of skill in the right areas.

He even looked to help the team out in defensive quarters as he tracked back to help those in his own half.

Morrison tired as the second half progressed but from what we saw he’s certainly a player who can make a big impression.

Britt Assombalonga

The striker started his first game in over two months against Wigan, and it showed.

Assombalonga flattered to deceive during his hour on the pitch with the Teessiders struggling to make an impact at the DW Stadium.

It was only after his substitution that Middlesbrough seemed to burst into life.

The frontman clearly offers quality in front of goal, but in terms of his all-round game he doesn’t offer a huge amount to Jonathan Woodgate’s side.

The team has more mobility and a higher work ethic when he’s not In the team and so this is something for Woodgate to consider in the must-win clash with Luton Town on Saturday.

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A worrying result

A point away from home is usually a decent result, but not against one of the Championship’s bottom three.

Middlesbrough were hoping to secure three points in order to ease any worries about being dragged into a relegation.

However that didn’t happen.

At one point It appeared that Jonathan Woodgate’s side would finish the evening just four points above the bottom three, but thankfully Lewis Wing’s double stopped that from happening.

There’s plenty of work still to do and it’s vital that Middlesbrough get some wins on the board soon so that they can stop looking nervously over their shoulder.


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