Middlesbrough fans will be delighted with their result yesterday. They welcomed former boss Steve McLaren back to The Riverside as they hosted QPR in the Championship, with a win needed to keep up the hunt for a playoff place. They got that win and put in a top draw display to get it, with Jonny Howson starring in the win.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) 23 February 2019
A lot of players put down their marker for the man of the match award in what was a convincing win for the Teessiders. Howson, alongside the likes of Mo Besic, Ryan Shotton, John Obi Mikel and Ashley Fletcher all turned in top draw displays, yet it’s hard to overlook Howson. His midfield display was the stuff of dreams and his confidence will have been sky high after opening the scoring inside two minutes.
Nothing will top Howson’s display for the Boro fans, he bossed the middle of the park at The Riverside and gave the visitors little chance of mounting a comeback to try and grab something from the game. That alone is no mean feat and the fans will have been delighted to see their side grab the game by the scruff of the neck, and Howson was absolutely crucial in that happening.
You can read the Boro fans’ verdict on their man of the match here:
Jonboy Howson, with his little beard and lovely accent.
— Rob Scott (@RobSc0tt) February 23, 2019
Howson, didn’t put a foot wrong and got his well deserved goal
— Jack (@LewisWing) February 23, 2019
— Tom (@mfctom97) 23 February 2019
Howson. That midfield is starting to purr! #utb
— BoroMike48% (@MrTaylorM) 23 February 2019
Howson for me
— infinity_tees (@InfinityTees) February 23, 2019
— Lisa Green (@lisagreen1971) February 23, 2019
Howson, or Besic and all i’ve done all season is slate besic, but he was excellent today
— Nigerian Pelé (@boroolad) 23 February 2019
The Boro fans were purring over their 30-year-old midfielder’s display and will be keen to see more from him in the coming weeks.