Boro’s season finale against relegated Wycombe Wanderers proved a damp squib in more ways than one.
Not only did the weather resemble that of a November afternoon with incessant rain throughout, but the Championship’s season-long strugglers also romped to a 3-0 victory at the Riverside.
Boro were playing for a top-10 finish and with favourable results elsewhere Neil Warnock’s side ended the day, and the season, in tenth place despite rounding off the campaign with a defeat on home soil.
Wycombe took the lead inside the opening quarter-hour. Fred Onyedinma was the recipient of a through pass and he lifted the ball over Jordan Archer to fire his side ahead.
Jason McCarthy sent a free-kick over the bar after George Saville committed a foul on the edge of the box as Wycombe looked lively, and Jordan Archer was called upon to save from Garath McCleary.
But the visitors were buoyant and it was 2-0 when McCleary started and finished a move that saw him bundle the ball home from close range after a pull-back straight into his path.
Onyedinma came within a whisker of a third before the break when cut in from the left and delivered a proper rasping shot which was deflected away to safety.
The third goal came 10 minutes into the second half when a Wycombe corner was headed back from the far post and McCarthy was in the space to nod the ball home.
Boro had introduced Connor Malley at half-time and teenage striker Josh Coburn was also handed another opportunity from the bench during the second period.
And as the last rites of the season were played out in a deserted stadium, Hayden Hackney was handed his home debut and Jack Robinson his debut when the young duo came on as late substitutes in a real nod to the future.