M
TS
Collect News Data
Aug 31, 2019 at 12.30pm UK
Bristol City
2-2
Middlesbrough
Palmer (44'), Rowe (81')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Moore (64' og.), Assombalonga (68')

TIMELINE

/esi/1339/6_G_1_93047/index.html?art_id=369934&game_id=93047&sport_id=1&ESI

Jonathan Woodgate: 'Middlesbrough deserved more in Bristol City draw'

:Headline: Jonathan Woodgate: 'Middlesbrough deserved more in Bristol City draw':
Boro were denied maximum points by Tommy Rowe's late equaliser.
PA | 1mo

Jonathan Woodgate felt his Middlesbrough side deserved more than they got from their thrilling 2-2 draw with Bristol City at Ashton Gate.

The hosts took the lead a minute before the break when Niclas Eliasson's cross from the left was met with a firm downward header from Kasey Palmer but Boro equalised after 64 minutes, Taylor Moore diverting Paddy McNair's low cross into his own net.

Woodgate's men then added another four minutes later through Britt Assombalonga's assured left-footed finish but City hit back nine minutes from time when substitute Callum O'Dowda crossed for the unmarked Tommy Rowe to net with a stooping header.

The match as a whole was an entertaining spectacle, although Woodgate was disappointed Boro only came away with a single point.

He said: "I thought we were the better side and deserved to win. It was a top-class performance and our best of the season so far.

"I haven't a bad word to say about any of my players. Bristol looked to counter-attack us and did so effectively in the first half, but we tweaked a couple of things at half-time and I thought the lads were outstanding in terms of effort and the way we approached the game.

"Of course, I'm unhappy with conceding from two headers. Defenders seem to want to mark areas rather than opponents these days and space never scored a goal.

"That is a lesson for all young defenders and something we have to work on. But in all other respects I'm delighted. The team are developing and now we have to build on this.

"There were some tremendous performances. Britt Assombalonga's missus gave birth on Thursday and I wish she would do so every week because he was immense.

"Dael Fry gave a real captain's display. He has come through all the age group teams at the club and that is the sort of guy I want as a leader."

City head coach Lee Johnson felt unable to share the enthusiasm of a 20,000 crowd for a game that did credit to both teams.

"I'm disappointed because I felt the game was there for us to win," he said.

"It was far too open from my point of view. We didn't get our distances right and that was down to poor communication, with a number of young players in the team.

"With injuries to players like Tomas Kalas, Korey Smith and Adam Nagy, the balance of the team is not quite as I want it.

"We played some fantastic attacking football but gave them too much space to do the same. Their first goal resulted from two of my players going for the same ball.

"The second would have been offside if Taylor Moore had not got a touch to the ball on its way through to Assombalonga. I don't like that rule.

"But it's another point for us and we are on a decent run going into an international break that will give us time to get some of the injured players fit.

"We are still a work in progress and overall I'm pleased with the start we have made."

Both sides hit the woodwork during the contest. Boro's Ashley Fletcher fired against a post after 13 minutes from McNair's low cross and nine minutes later City's Nathan Baker sent a glancing header against an upright from Eliasson's centre.

It was end-to-end stuff from the opening minutes but both goalkeepers distinguished themselves amid some desperate last-ditch defending.

Even after Rowe's equaliser Boro went for all three points. Lewis Wing shot inches wide and in stoppage time Dan Bentley did well to smother a shot from Ryan Shotton.

body check tags ::
amp_article_369934 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2019-08-31 15:43:23:
html db last update - 2019-10-21 11:37:10 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html

Click here for more stories about Jonathan Woodgate

Click here for more stories about Bristol City

Share this article now:

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Recommended Next on SM
Lee Johnson pleased with "unselfish" Bristol City performance
Madrid to focus on Mbappe over Pogba?
Result: Spurs return to winning ways with Red Star rout
Hearts, Bristol City both investigating racist abuse allegations
Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
UC
Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool98102171425
2Manchester CityMan City96122992019
3Leicester CityLeicester9522168817
4Chelsea95221914517
5Arsenal94321312115
6Crystal Palace9423810-214
7Tottenham HotspurSpurs93331513212
8Burnley93331211112
9Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd933387112
10Bournemouth93331313012
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham93331113-212
12Aston Villa93241513211
13Wolverhampton WanderersWolves92521212011
14Manchester UnitedMan Utd9243109110
15Everton9315813-510
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton9234912-39
17Southampton9225916-78
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9225514-98
19Norwich CityNorwich92161021-117
20Watford9045521-164
Scroll for more - Tap for full version
. .. . . . . . . . . . . .
X

We value your privacy

A part of our GDPR compliance we need to ask for your consent. We and our partners use technology such as cookies on Sports Mole to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology on Sports Mole.