Big summer ahead for toothless Middlesbrough after Aston Villa dash promotion hopes

The late controversy in Middlesbrough’s second-leg stalemate with Aston Villa dominated the post-match analysis after home keeper Sam Johnstone handled outside his area.
But it couldn’t hide the fact that ultimately Boro had not done enough on the night, or over the two legs, and didn’t deserve to reach the Championship play-off final.
Referee Mike Dean deemed Villa keeper Johnstone wasn’t denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity, with a covering defender, so he got away with a yellow card.
Villa boss Steve Bruce admitted afterwards that it could have been a red, while Boro chief Tony... read more

 
16 May 2018 in Regional North East, Views: 38
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