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Unsung Hero: Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher unlucky not to score in Bristol City draw

Unsung Hero: Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher unlucky not to score in Bristol City draw

Middlesbrough had to settle for a share of the spoils against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Saturday in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

The home side took the lead on the stroke of half-time when Kasey Palmer headed to the ‘Boro net, but two goals in five minutes midway through the second half turned the game on its head. [via Sky Sports]

There was an element of fortune about Middlesbrough’s equaliser, with Taylor Moore deflecting Paddy McNair’s cross past his own goalkeeper, shortly before Britt Assombalonga fired the visitors in front with an assured finish past Daniel Bentley. [via Sky Sports]

However, Jonathan Woodgate was denied his first away win as ‘Boro manager when, with just nine minutes remaining, Tommy Rowe’s header levelled the match once more and the teams ended with a point apiece. [via Sky Sports]

The draw leaves Middlesbrough 18th in the Championship table heading into the September international break, with only six points from as many matches and just one win to their name. [via Sky Sports]

Assombalonga netted his second goal of the season on Saturday, although he wasn’t the only ‘Boro forward who troubled the Bristol City defence.

Ashley Fletcher is also on two goals for the season and was very unfortunate not to have made it three early in the game against Bristol City, striking the post with a close-range effort after timing his run perfectly to meet McNair’s dipping cross.

That was one of three shots that the 23-year-old had against the Robins and the former Sunderland man also contributed plenty in terms of contesting for possession, with two aerial duels won and three successful tackles.

Teesside Live reporter Dominic Shaw gave him a subdued rating of six for his display on Saturday but did write that Fletcher “impressed again in possession and in attack” and has “established himself as a certain starter in this ‘Boro side”.

Hartlepool Mail‘s Joe Nicholson awarded him a rating of seven, saying that he was “unlucky not to open the scoring in the first half when his effort hit the post” and that “his movement off the ball caused the hosts plenty of problems”.

The width of a post denied Fletcher a goal that would have helped Middlesbrough on the way to a victory and, if he can keep getting in promising positions and working diligently when not in possession, he should get plenty more chances to add to his goals tally this season.

Middlesbrough fans, what did you make of Fletcher’s display against Bristol City? Comment below with your views!

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