By Will Butcher
Football Insider rates the Middlesbrough players after they drew 0-0 against Hull City on Monday night in their Premier League clash at the Riverside.
Victor Valdes 7 – Largely untested, coped well with what was thrown at him. Third clean sheet of the season.
Antonio Barragan 7 – One of Boro’s most attacking threats on the right, showing the skill of a winger to take on Hull left-back Andy Robertson.
Ben Gibson 8 – Largely untroubled, but made a superb last-ditch tackle on Adama Diomande as the powerful forward looked to have broken through.
Calum Chambers 7 – Solid alongside Gibson, continues to look more and more composed every time he starts a Premier League match.
Fabio 7 – Looked dangerous on the left of defence as he got forward on numerous occasions to join the attack.
Martin de Roon 7 – Looks like a good bit of business by Karanka, as he dictated the tempo of the game at the base of the Boro midfield. Always wanted the ball.
Adam Clayton 7 – Kept everything simple in midfield for Karanka’s side, rarely gave the ball away.
Adam Forshaw 8 – Looked very good on the ball, taking to life in the Premier League with aplomb. Possesses a brilliant ability to dribble on the ball with pace.
Gaston Ramirez 9 – Dictated attacking proceedings, showing both creativity and vision in the final third. If Boro had a striker that was in form, he would have provided three assists. Fitting that the key attacker broke the deadlock with a well-placed header.
Viktor Fischer 7 – A promising player, if slightly predictable. Cut in from the left flank onto his favoured right foot more times than not, had a goal disallowed. Grabbed the assist for Ramirez’s goal.
Alvaro Negredo 6 – Missed a number of chances, looked bereft of confidence for Aitor Karanka’s side.
Christian Stuani (On for Fischer, 81 mins) 6
Stewart Downing (On for Gaston Ramirez, 87 mins) 6
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