The Telegraph:“A mid-season training break to the Costa Blanca had the desired effect to help Middlesbrough frustrate Romelu Lukaku, as they delayed the Belgian forward’s coronation as Everton’s most prolific goalscorer of the Premier League era.
“The hosts could have turned one point into three, as Joel Robles made a stunning one-handed save from £6 million substitute Rudy Gestede.
“Had that gone in, Aitor Karanka, the Middlesbrough head coach, felt it would have been the ‘perfect’ performance, even if Everton had three fantastic chances themselves. But they were thwarted on each occasion by the Spanish compatriot of Robles, Victor Valdes.”
The Guardian:“Boro had recently returned from a training camp in Spain, where the weather will have been somewhat milder than this filthy afternoon. Yet as the wind and rain whipped into the Riverside, they did play with a zip and energy that has been missing in recent weeks.
“Adama Traore was their brightest player and seems to be maturing as the season progresses.”
The Mail:“Despite failing to break their winless streak for the calendar year, the Premier League's draw specialists nevertheless crept nearer to safety, doubling the points gap between themselves and the bottom three to two with a determined display against in-form Everton.
“Fresh from a week at a training camp in Benidorm - repeating a practice used in the second half of both Aitor Karanka's previous full seasons in charge – the home team edged a contest played in teeming rain, and came agonisingly close to a winner when Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles tipped over substitute Rudy Gestede's ferocious 87th-minute header.”
The Independent:“An afternoon that held the potential to be Romelu Lukaku’s coronation as Everton’s greatest goalscorer in the Premier League era, either by equalling or surpassing Duncan Ferguson’s club record, turned instead into a demonstration of Middlesbrough’s dogged determination to be in this league next season.
“Aitor Karanka’s team specialise in stalemates – this was their tenth draw of the season – but the ‘commitment’ Karanka mentioned afterwards was clear. It was welcome on a day when three others around Boro at the bottom of the table lost.”
The Times:“This was an afternoon when the Teessiders, seven games without a win, pulled together a spirited and resilient performance against an Everton side who arrived to a wintry and windswept North East on the back of seven game unbeaten run.”
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