Both goals came in the first half after the visitors took the lead after Sam Gallagher put them in front. But Boro captain Johnny Howson equalised just before halftime. It was a well-fought out match, but Middlesbrough had more chances and should have been able to finish off the game.
Middlesbrough had a total of 13 attempts on goal of which 5 were on goal. They had an xG of 0.85, which was almost twice the xG of their opponents. One of the efforts of the Boro players also hit the post while 4 efforts were saved by the Blackburn keeper.
The stats were even in terms of defence as both teams defended well against the opportunities created by the opponents. Middlesbrough enjoyed 61% of possession of the ball throughout the game but Blackburn dominated possession in the last 15 minutes when they had 62% of possession of the ball.
The above visual shows us that the Boro players attempted shots on the goal from various positions on the pitch. They had a total of 5 shots that they attempted from inside the box, of which one was saved by the keeper, one hit the post and the other three were off target. The only goal Boro scored came a long way from goal. The majority of the shots taken by the Boro players are from outside the box which is why they have a low xG per shot. In order to score more goals, the Boro players should try and attempt shots on target from inside the penalty box.
Marcus Tavernier took the highest number of shots for Boro, as he had 3 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Six other Boro players took a combined total of 10 shots with 3 shots on target. Marcus had the highest xG on the pitch.
The xT timeline gives us a clear picture of why Middlesbrough were the better side in the game. They created opportunities throughout the game and posed a threat to the Blackburn defence. Boro had opportunities throughout the game, but could not capitalise on those chances that they created. The xG timeline indicates that Boro had a higher xG throughout the game and it kept increasing with the number of opportunities they created.
Although Boro have players who posed a threat to the Blackburn defence, there are few players who did not make the right decisions while they were in dangerous positions with the ball. If the bar on the left is longer than the bar on the right, it indicates the decision making of the player was not good enough with the ball in positions where they could have been able to start an attack on the opponents’ goal.
Middlesbrough pushed hard in the second half to get a goal and finish off the game, but were denied by the Blackburn players. Middlesbrough sit in 13th position on the table 2 points behind Blackburn who are 10th. Boro will look to get their second win of the season when they face Coventry City next weekend.