One winner and one loser to emerge from Middlesbrough’s clash with Barnsley | OneFootball

One winner and one loser to emerge from Middlesbrough’s clash with Barnsley

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Middlesbrough backed up their recent victory over Peterborough United by beating Barnsley yesterday at the Riverside Stadium.

Andraz Sporar opened the scoring for Boro in the 20th minute as he planted a header past Tykes goalkeeper Bradley Collins.

Matt Crooks then sealed all three points for his side in the closing stages of the clash as he doubled Middlesbrough’s advantage.

As a result of this 2-0 victory, Boro moved up to 10th in the Championship standings.

Barnsley meanwhile fell to 23rd in the table due to the fact that Peterborough United were able to pick up a victory in their meeting with Hull City.

Having already shown glimpses of his talent for Middlesbrough this season, Crooks managed to deliver an eye-catching performance last night.

The midfielder provided two key passesthree aerial duels during this fixture as he dominated proceedings.

By replicating this display in Boro’s upcoming clashes with Cardiff City and Birmingham City, Crooks could help his side seal maximum points in both matches.

Loser

Markus Schopp

Barnsley’s terrible start to the 2021/22 campaign continued yesterday as they suffered yet another defeat in the Championship.

Tykes head coach Markus Schopp would have been hoping to guide his side to a positive result in last night’s fixture.

However, the Austrian was unable to prevent Middlesbrough from sealing victory.

The pressure is now starting to build on Schopp who has ultimately failed to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Valerien Ismael this season.

If Barnsley are beaten by Sheffield United on Sunday, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if the club’s hierarchy decide to make a decision regarding Schopp’s future as the South Yorkshire-based outfit are currently at risk of being dragged into a relegation battle.

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