Emiliano Nsue has a mixed bag for Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough moved second in the Championship with a 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers.

Middlesbrough moved back into the automatic promotion places in the Championship on Friday night with a narrow 3-2 win at Queens Park Rangers.

Second-half goals from Gaston Ramirez and Ben Gisbon, after Jordan Rhodes's opener was cancelled out by Jamie Mackie, helped Aitor Karanka's side move within two points of leaders Burnley as Boro boosted their Premier League promotion hopes.

It was a mixed night for Middlesbrough on the whole, but perhaps nobody embodied that sense of hotchpotch more than Spanish right-back Emiliano Nsue.

On the face of it, the 26-year-old had a good game: almost 100 touches of the ball, and clocking a passing accuracy of 86% - but did they tell the full story?

  PositionTeamTouchesTotal PassAccurate PassDuel LostAerial LostChallenge LostInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Nsue MF Middlesbrough 95 58 50 4 1 1 5 1 90

In a word, no. Nsue, who arrived at the Riverside as an attacking player, endured some trouble in defence, losing four of his duels - and one aerial duel.

His reading of the game seemed on point, having made five interceptions, but on the whole he seemed to divide the Boro fanbase on his performance tonight.

There is a school of thought which suggests that Ritchie De Laet should be getting the nod ahead of him right-back, though it remains to be seen where Karanka envisages Nsue's long-term position at the club.

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