Middlesbrough’s chances of a top six finish were dented even further yesterday after falling 3-1 to AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
In what was always going to be a tough task against a powerful team when they are on-song, Boro succumbed to the mega-money team of the Cherries.
It was very evenly contested game in the stats, with Boro having eight shots to Bournemouth’s seven, but just one of them was on target for Neil Warnock’s men.
That was Duncan Watmore’s equaliser on 63 minutes, who cancelled out a first half strike from Philip Billing, but being on level terms only lasted three minutes as Jefferson Lerma put Bournemouth back into the lead, before Dominic Solanke sealed the victory late on.
Warnock left no stone unturned on his travels as he went for a very attacking line-up, including all of Neeskens Kebano, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Yannick Bolasie and Watmore from the start, but it failed to pay off in the end.
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The Boro boss said post-match that their chances of the play-offs were now done, and one player in particular was getting criticism from the fans for the defeat.
Fulham loanee Marcus Bettinelli took the brunt of the criticism, with many fans hoping that the goalkeeper isn’t signed to a permanent contract from next season.
If boro sign bettinelli in the summer season ticket is in the bin
— Joe (@Joeatkinson98Me) April 2, 2021
Worst fella I’ve ever watched in the sticks for the boro like is big Marcus Bettinelli
— Joely Mac (@JoelMacpherson) April 2, 2021
If we have any ambitions of getting promoted next season we can't continue with Bettinelli. He's simply not good enough and makes far too many mistakes. There is better.
— Michael (@miichaelloo) April 2, 2021
i could do a better job than bettinelli
— éloise 🥀 (@UpTheBoroEl) April 2, 2021
Let’s hope this is Bettinelli’s last season at Boro he’s dreadful. Does he save anything?
— Steve (@wallsendredicko) April 2, 2021
Marcus Bettinelli has to be the worst keeper we’ve seen in a Boro shirt surely? He makes Brad Guzan look like Casillas.
— Momas Thorgan 🇨🇩 (@MomasThorgan) April 2, 2021
Is there a worse goalkeeper in the championship than bettinelli ?
— Connor Carling (@connorcarling) April 2, 2021
Marcus Bettinelli is robbing a living
— Dan (@MFC_DAN_) April 2, 2021
Bettinelli worst keeper we’ve ever had
— Michael (@MikeyyyBoro) April 2, 2021