By Ayodele Ayelomi
Middlesbrough suffered its straight 6th defeat on Saturday as the Championship side went 3-1 down away to Swansea in a match Mikel Obi was in action for the full 90 minutes.
The Nigerian international and former Chelsea midfielder’s contribution was not so effective for his side as most of his passes were blocked by Swansea players. The home side jumped into the front in the 34th minute when Matt Grimes converted a penalty into a goal.
Four minutes later Wayne Routledge increased the tally for Swansea and the scoreline stayed 2-0 at half-time.
Boro came out more determined in the second half with intent to remedy the situation but that did not immediately materialise and it was Swansea that consolidated the lead when Connor Roberts grabbed the 3rd goal for Swansea after enjoying an assist from Bersant Celina who had also provided an assist for second goal.
However, Boro managed to score a consolation goal in the 81st minute through George Saville. Despite the series of loses Mikel has told his teammates not to give up but fight on. Prior to Saturday’s defeat, Boro had lost Bristol City, Norwich City, Aston Villa Preston North End and Brentford, conceding 9 goals and scoring two. Middlesbrough are 8th on the Championship log with 58 points in 40 matches played, 26 points below table toppers Norwich.