Following their 1-0 Championship defeat to Leeds United on Wednesday, some Middlesbrough fans have praised Hayden Coulson’s display in the game.
Marcelo Bielsa’s charges made the trip to the Riverside and claimed their third 1-0 win in a row, pushing Jonathan Woodgate’s side closer towards the relegation zone.
Boro began well against the Whites but didn’t take their chances and were caught out just before the break by Mateusz Klich’s fine finish.
The hosts were far from downtrodden in the second half and worked hard to try to claim a result, but they ultimately fell short as Leeds brought three points back to Elland Road.
Coulson was one of three changes made by Woodgate from their weekend game along with Adam Clayton and Marcus Tavernier, who came in for Marvin Johnson, Ravel Morrison and Britt Assombalonga.
The 21-year-old played as an attacking midfielder and was one of Boro’s better players on the night, playing with zest and purpose, and even got the better of Luke Ayling with an audacious nutmeg.
Here is what some Boro fans on social media said about Coulson’s display:
Coulson’s been decent
— Paul esq (@Paulgroberts78) February 26, 2020
The only thing we’ve learnt tonight is Howson and Coulson deserve a better club and we’re certainly going to finish in the bottom 3. Everything else is standard. 🙃 #boro #borolive #midlee #WoodgateOut
— Daniel Crowe (@DannyCrowe) February 26, 2020
Boro showed a few flashes on the break with Coulson the best player for the hosts on the break. The result leaves Jonathan Woodgate’s side just outside the relegation zone on goal difference.
— Joe Nicholson (@joe_nicholson96) February 26, 2020
Coulson is the only player worthy atm I think, works his socks off
— davina (@N1VA_) February 26, 2020
Coulson will go far in his career if he keeps his attitude right. He’s been my player of the year. Not been a big contest though 🤣
— Callum Duff (@CallumDuff10) February 26, 2020
Was always going to be tough tonight, but again our own mistakes cost us. Going forward the team have no confidence, and as for doing the basics like passing the ball ahead of the receiving player, it seems to amaze me what they work on in training. Coulson MOTM for me.
— Ian Lambert (@1anlambert) February 26, 2020
Thought Coulson was standout #Boro player, the lad always wanted the ball and only one looking to run at defenders.
Neither Fletcher or Assombalonga had any impact, but had no service either. They may need to go with two up top at the weekend.
— Warren Ashurst (@wazza_ashurst) February 26, 2020
Be able to shut 2 stands when we go down. Its guna b a hard fall I think we may never recover from if it happens. Coulson the only positive yesterday he had ayling number so we switch him to the right side 🤷♂️🤯 give me pulis back 2mra so under appreciated #boro #utb #tonypulis
— List (@ListyBoro) February 27, 2020
There was also praise for Coulson by a couple of Leeds fans:
Thought Hayden Coulson was brilliant for #Boro.
He gave Ayling the run-around countless times, looks a really promising player.
— Kristian Smith (@KrisSmith98) February 26, 2020
Glad to see Leeds win, but I think boro will be ok if they play like that the rest of the season, the young lad on the left looks a cracking prospect. What did you think of the 3 penalty shouts ?
— timmy wills (@willstimmy) February 26, 2020
— leon wobschall (@LeonWobYP) February 26, 2020