Some can take credit as Boro show spirit

Sunday Sun - - Football -

BORO showed spirit to twice claw from be­hind to draw 2-2 with Brent­ford - but that can’t dis­guise how dis­ap­point­ing a dis­play it was.

Boro were woe­ful in a laboured first half in which they spurned pos­ses­sion, ceded the ini­tia­tive and even­tu­ally gifted a goal.

Even in the sec­ond half when they started to press for­ward more it was far from pol­ished and lacked drive or con­vic­tion. The boss has much to think about in the break.

That said, some in­di­vid­u­als can take some credit from the game.

Martin Braith­waite, ri­fled home a goal on his first start at the River­side so can put that mo­ment in the mem­ory bank.

But even be­fore that, the £9m Dan­ish in­ter­na­tional was looking the like­li­est av­enue for Boro to claw some­thing back.

He glided around, found time and space with deft touches and tried to make things hap­pen with a range of well weighted passes.

He started in the No10 role and then played fur­ther for­ward and looked com­fort­able in both.

Jonny How­son has a long way to go to win over some sec­tions of the crowd, but the £5m sum­mer sign­ing cre­ated both Boro goals and hooked a goal-bound Brent­ford ef­fort off the line.

How­son floated in the free-kick that led to the opener and drove for­ward from mid­field and squared into the box for the sec­ond.

Be­fore that he had put in a shift of fire-fight­ing, get­ting in tack­les and tidy­ing up at the back.

While Brazil­ian Fabio Da Silva had a night­mare first 45, after the break he showed real hunger to help drag Boro back into the game, scor­ing one and al­most snatch­ing a win­ner with a shot that screamed over. Fabio showed hunger after a first half to for­get

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