MIDDLESBROUGH. Middlesbrough beats Sunderland 1-0 after R. McGree scored just 1 goal (25′). Sunderland was vastly superior in terms of ball possession (61%).
The match was played at the Riverside Stadium stadium in Middlesbrough on Monday and it started at 8:00 pm local time. The referee was Darren Bond who was helped by Philip Dermott and Richard Wild. The 4th official was James Bell. The weather was clear. The temperature was pleasant around 19.3 degrees Celsius or 66.74 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 69%.
Sunderland was in firm control of the ball 61% while Middlesbrough was struggling with a 39% ball possession.
Middlesbrough was more aggressive with 32 dangerous attacks and 10 shots of which 2 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Middlesbrough won the encounter.
Middlesbrough shot 10 times, 2 on target, 8 off target. On the other side, Sunderland shot 5 times, 1 on target, 4 off target.
Middlesbrough received 5 yellow cards (P. McNair, M. Clarke, M. Crooks, I. Jones and T. Smith). On the opposite side, Sunderland received 1 yellow card (A. Pritchard).
After playing this match, Middlesbrough will have 6 points to stay in the 22nd place. On the other side, Sunderland will stay with 11 points like Queens Park Rangers, Preston North End, Blackpool and Hull City to stay in the 8th place.
Sunderland will host Millwall on the 10th of September with a 0-0 head to head record.
Middlesbrough: Formation and Lineups
Middlesbrough started with a 3-5-1-1 line-up (3-5-1-1).
The manager Chris Wilder chose to play with the following team: Liam Roberts , Paddy McNair , Dael Fry , Matthew Clarke , Isaiah Jones , Matt Crooks , Jonathan Howson , Alex Mowatt , Ryan Giles , Riley McGree and Rodrigo Muniz .
Middlesbrough made 4 changes: P. McNair for A. Dijksteel (51′), R. McGree for D. Watmore (69′), A. Mowatt for M. Bola (89′) and Muniz Rodrigo for T. Smith (90′).
Top player: Matt Crooks
The player who no doubt impressed Middlesbrough the most was Matt Crooks even if he didn’t score the decisive goal.
His rating iswith 25 passes (76% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 8 duels out of 11.
Sunderland: Formation and Lineups
Sunderland started with a 3-4-2-1 line-up (3-4-2-1).
On the opposite side, Tony Mowbray played with: Anthony Patterson , Luke O’Nien , Danny Batth , Dennis Cirkin , Lynden Gooch , Daniel Neil , Corry Evans , Jack Clarke , Alex Pritchard , R. Stewart and Ellis Simms , Patrick Roberts .
Sunderland made 4 changes: P. Roberts for A. Diallo (68′), A. Pritchard for E. Embleton (68′), D. Cirkin for B. Wright (75′) and L. Gooch for L. Dajaku (76′).
Best player: Anthony Patterson
The player that probably impressed the most for Sunderland was the goalkeeper: Anthony Patterson. His rating is 7.41. He performed 4 saves.