Manuel Almunia (6): Didn’t have too much to do but made a good save from Downing. Some good anticipation and some not so good.
Bakary Sagna (6): Had a good battle with Downing and made some good tackles. Provided able support to attack too.
William Gallas (7): Read the game well and did well considering what was in front of him.
Johan Djourou (6): Quiet and efficient. Sometimes looked vulnerable from the counter but coped well.
Gael Clichy (5): Confidence sorely lacking from the left and looked to make things happen after his clearance led to the first goal.
Denilson (5): Nice passes but not enough threat from his position.
Cesc Fabregas (8)*: Kept the team ticking and played some great passes especially in the first half.
Alex Song (6): Sloppy distribution and ball watching at times but was determined and for the most part committed.
Abou Diaby (5): Started well but faded and was giving a frustrating ride by McMahon. (Sub > 82 Bendtner)
Robin Van Persie (6): Played higher up the field and had a couple of good chances. His creativity and link up play was needed.
Emmanuel Adebayor (7): Drifted into channels and caused danger but seemed to lack the support he needed.
>Nicklas Bendtner (6): (On 82 for Diaby) Had two good chances but added fresh legs and extra when coming on.
Subs not used
Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere, Eboue
Middlesbrough (4-5-1): Turnbull (6), McMahon (7), Riggott (7), Huth (7), Pogatetz (7), Johnson (7) (90+3 Emnes (5), Digard (7) (90 Shawky (5), Arca(6), Downing (7), Tuncay (7), Aliadiere (7)
Subs not used: Jones, Alves, Bates, Hines, Grounds
Ref: Peter Walton
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