Championship side Middlesbrough managed to get their campaign back on track with a convincing 2-0 win over Sheffield United last night, easing pressure off Neil Warnock who’s job looked in danger before last night’s tie at the Riverside Stadium.
It proved to be a fast start for Boro that secured all three points for the Teesside, scoring twice in the first half through Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair before defending resolutely to protect their lead.
Although it was their attacking firepower in the first 45 that proved to be the difference on the night, their defence also needed to be on top form to keep out the likes of Billy Sharp, Morgan Gibbs-White and others after seeing the Blades score 14 goals in six competitive games since the international break.
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After their resurgence following a slow start to the campaign, Slavisa Jokanovic’s men were tipped to beat a Middlesbrough side who won just five points from a possible 21 in their previous seven league games and looked in disarray after a poor performance against Reading at the weekend.
Sol Bamba was one man who was brought in to nullify the South Yorkshire side’s opponents last night as Neil Warnock opted to change his approach from Saturday afternoon’s match at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
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But was last night’s 2-0 scoreline and a clean sheet a reflection of his performance? We have taken a look at some of the latest reaction from Middlesbrough fans after seeing the 36-year-old in action.
Sol Bamba is definitely better than Van Dijk by the way 🔴⚪️ #BORO
— UTB 🇸🇮 #WarnockOut 🦖 (@DailyBoro) September 29, 2021
Special mention to Sol Bamba tonight!
An absolute rock! #boro
— Christian Darby (@ChristianDarby9) September 28, 2021
Way better performance tonight! Sol Bamba top class and Watmore made a difference anorl.👏🏻 #Boro
— The Carbz 🏴 (@TheCarbz87) September 28, 2021
— Nick Batey (@nick_batey) September 28, 2021
— Phil C (@pjcboro) September 28, 2021
Sol bamba wow what a performance #boro
— Dan (@DanDougan97) September 28, 2021
— Liv Bartley 💙 (@LivBartley14) September 28, 2021
Howson has won every single second ball, and Bamba has been an absolute wall.
Where has this #Boro been!?
— Matt 🇦🇷 (@Matt_Rowney) September 28, 2021