Darnell Furlong didn’t put in the best performance as West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough on Saturday evening. The 26-year-old started at right-back but was twice caught napping as Boro exploited the space in behind at the Riverside Stadium.
Furlong was caught high up the pitch when Middlesbrough penetrated down his side to score their opening goal. And they nearly doubled the lead when Furlong offered too much space for Ryan Giles whose cross should have been bundled in.
Joseph Chapman of Birmingham Live gave the 26-year-old a player rating of 4/10 and was critical of Furlong’s positioning for Boro’s first goal. He said the West Brom defender had a ‘nightmare start’ when he was ‘caught on the ball’. Chapman added that Furlong ‘couldn’t live with Giles’ either.
Against Boro, Furlong played for 90 minutes, had 57 touches, won two aerial duels, completed 66.7% of his 33 passes, created one chance, had three shots with 33% hitting the target, whipped in two crosses with 50% finding a teammate, made one tackle, had one interception and made one clearance.
His defensive lapses could have cost West Brom the game, so Taylor Gardner-Hickman might be waiting in the wings if Steve Bruce considers a change.