The frustrations of the season continued for Middlesbrough at the weekend as they drew to Barnsley at Oakwell in their first game back since the international break.
Indeed, Boro were looking to get three points after drawing at home to Brentford but another 2-2 came to pass and Garry Monk is still clearly looking for that spark that should set Boro alight.
For sure, then, it needs to come sooner rather than later with the men from the Riverside losing ground consistently to the likes of Wolves at the top of the division and we’re wondering whether Monk’s substitutions at the weekend cost them the win.
Certainly, the one that left us scratching our heads most of all was the fact that Patrick Bamford came onto the pitch for Stewart Downing with less than ten minutes to go in the game.
Though the score had been 2-2 since the 60th minute, Monk failed to act at that point with Britt Assombalonga having just pulled the club level with their hosts.
With half an hour to go, and with the momentum of just scoring, Monk should have looked to capitalise and thrown on Bamford for Downing earlier on – leaving him with an XI to look like this:
Certainly, it is very attacking with four offensive players on the pitch but Boro need to use this fire-power more or they risk another season in the second tier.
It’s clear Garry Monk doesn’t know his best system yet and we think he needs to be more positive and proactive with his subs if Boro are going to get promoted.
Thoughts, Boro fans? Let us know below!