Middlesbrough moved closer to the relegation zone after falling to a 1-0 defeat against Leeds United.
The Teessiders started well at the Riverside Stadium but allowed Marcelo Bielsa’s side to grow into the match as they dominated the majority of the first half.
Mateusz Klich dealt the hosts a half-time sucker-punch with a fine finish before the break which gave Jonathan Woodgate plenty to ponder at the break.
Both sides had opportunities in the second period but in truth it was only ever the Whites who looked like coming away with the three points.
But what did we learn about the Teessiders? Let’s take a look.
A defender out of his depth
It was a rough night for George Friend at the Riverside Stadium.
The experienced defender faced a difficult test as he was tasked with containing the pace and power of Leeds United’s attack – something which even the best of defenders struggle to do.
Friend looked out of his depth against Marcelo Bielsa’s side and it may just be a sign that raises questions over whether he’s capable of competing at this level beyond the end of this season.
A toothless attack
While Middlesbrough held their own for long spells, they never truly looked like getting anything from the game.
The Teessiders held on against a free-flowing Leeds United attack but failed to cause any problems of their own with no real outlet in the attacking third.
The fact that Middlesbrough aren’t scoring goals is a real concern at the moment – particularly given their lowly league position.
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A manager in denial
Things are looking ominous for Middlesbrough who are now out of the relegation zone on goal difference alone.
But what’s more worrying is the apparent laid back attitude of Jonathan Woodgate.
The Boro boss expressed his pleasure at his team’s performance against Leeds and said that ‘we’ll be fine’ if they continue to play like that.
Many supporters held a different opinion after the result played out, with some now questioning the manager for burying his head in the sand.
Pressure is building on Jonathan Woodgate and something needs to change soon.