“Not what the doctor ordered”
Philip Tallentire’s point of view on the first semester:
It was not what the doctor ordered.
Middlesbrough was trapped by a slippery, incisive team from Bristol City who was born again under the guidance of goalkeeper Dean Holden.
The opening goal came in the sixth minute after the hosts were slow to respond to a routine pass in the box, by the time they woke up, Andreas Weimann had played a pass to Nahki Wells waiting on the edge of the box and the striker completed a superb shot on Dejan Stojanovic in the net.
Boro wasted a glorious chance to level when Dael Fry had a shot over six meters, then George Saville headed for the crossbar.
Neil Warnock’s speech on the drink break seemed to have worked and his team seemed to be a real threat from the corners of Marvin Johnson and long shots from Ryan Shotton.
But, in the 42nd minute, City fell from behind to bring the score to 2-0 thanks to a sizzle from Jamie Paterson shot from the tightest angles.
Bristol were more likely to extend their lead before the break and Boro had everything to do