Date: 16th May 2018 at 3:00pm
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Adama Traore was man-marked by Alan Hutton throughout both legs of the playoff semi-final and the Scottish full-back came out firmly on top.

Pundit Dan Bardell believes that fans can now put to bed the belief that selling the Spaniard was a mistake:

Fans on Twitter pretty much agreed with the comment, although some believe the player’s talent may shine through eventually:


The Middlesbrough winger does have frightening pace, but he rarely used it to good effect against us. Hutton used all his experience to nullify his threat, but he was ably helped by the wingers in front of him with both Albert Adomah and Robert Snodgrass tracking back well.

When Traore switched wings, it was good that Steve Bruce opted to ensure that James Bree wasn’t tasked with keeping the 22-year-old quiet. Our young full-back did pretty well on the night, but it was good to see the Scottish Cafu switching sides to keep an eye on the Boro wide man instead.