Middlesbrough were defeated 1-0 by Rotherham on Tuesday evening, dealing a blow to their automatic promotion hopes.
They remain in second place, but Burnley’s victory extended their lead at the top of the table, and Hull know they can go equal with Boro if they win their game in hand.
It was another poor defeat for Boro, who have made a series of mistakes this season, but to lose to a team in the bottom three is truly poor.
Lee Frecklington scored with just minutes remaining of the game, and Rotherham ended the game with 10 men after Greg Halford was sent off for two yellow cards.
Boro dominated the game, managing 13 shots to Rotherham’s seven, and controlling 57.3% of possession.
However, they just could not put the ball in the back of the net, mostly down to Lee Camp’s goalkeeping performance, and the woodwork from a Gaston Ramirez shot.
Still, Middlesbrough fans did not take too kindly to the performance from Dave Nugent upfront, having seen the striker miss a host of chances.
He was replaced after 75 minutes by Jordan Rhodes - who for some reason was on the substitutes bench - and would not have been pleased by his performance.
Following the game, Boro fans took to Twitter to react to the performance of misfiring striker Nugent.
I've defended him til now, but Nugent needs to score some bloody big goals this season to make up for tonight #boro— Tom Muldowney (@TomMullers) March 8, 2016
I'll know I'm over this defeat when I can laugh at that Nugent miss. It's still giving me a ball of a rage in my stomach at the minute #Boro— Rob Scott (@RobSc0tt) March 8, 2016
Summary of Rotherham v Boro— Daniel Bullock (@IDanBullock) March 8, 2016
1) long ball from defence
2)lose the ball
3)Nugent = Emnes
Simple as that
what im frustrated about is that nugent scored goals for fun for leicester in the championship, so did rhodes for rovers. typical boro— Jevmfc (@JevonRayner) March 8, 2016
I was beginning to think that Kike Sola was the worst striker we've had since Big Ish, Nugent has made me think different— Lewis Norman (@Lewis_Boro_Fan) March 8, 2016
If I ever see David Nugent in a Boro shirt again it'll be too soon.— Joe Bowes (@JoeBowes) March 8, 2016
That was a disgrace, nugent shouldnt start another game all season!! @Boro— craig miller (@bornsurvivorx) March 8, 2016
9 million striker left on bench . Nugent has missed how many sitters past few weeks !!??! #boro— Jay (@JJ49242628) March 8, 2016
What is it with midweek away games and #Boro ffs? The chances Nugent has missed this season are shocking. If he scores them, we'd be clear!— All About Boro (@AllAboutBoro) March 8, 2016
Imagine if Nugent could actually finish— Alex Hall (@boro_alex2) March 8, 2016