A double from Scott McDonald helped put Middlesbrough's promotion challenge back on track as they secured a convincing victory at the Riverside.

After-back-to back defeats, Tony Mowbray's side returned to their best and went ahead in the 29th minute when McDonald prodded home from close range.

Huddersfield defender Peter Clarke hit his own bar before Emmanuel Ledesma curled in a 67th minute free-kick.

McDonald fired in his second five minutes from time to wrap up the win.

The Terriers had almost taken a first-half lead when Jack Hunt hit a fierce drive just over the bar after a mazy run.

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Middlesbrough have won their last six games against Huddersfield and have not conceded in the last four.

But the home side grabbed the opener when Lukas Jutkiewicz's drilled cross was turned in by McDonald.

Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies did well to palm Clarke's horrible sliced clearance onto his own bar.

His opposite number Jason Steele was alert to keep out Scott Arfield's dipping effort from under his crossbar.

Middlesbrough finally added a second when Ledesma struck with a stunning 25-yard free-kick.

And McDonald scored a controversial third in the 86th minute when he fired in after good work from Jutkiewicz with Hunt lying in the box injured.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray: "Any win's a good win in this league - it's a very hard league.

"It was important to get back to winning ways and I think they showed tonight that confidence hasn't been dented.

"I think with the weekend [defeat to Bristol City], the potential was there to knock the confidence and the belief and yet the team showed a real resilience tonight to match a very hard-working team. We managed to get the points and we'll put them in the bag and move on to the next game."

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson: "I'm disappointed because I didn't think we turned up tonight.

"When you come up to Middlesbrough, the Riverside, you know you're up against a good team who were looking to bounce back from the weekend's result.

"They are a good, fluent football team who can create chances and we had too many players who were off it and allowed them to do what they're good at doing.

"It was a poor performance from us tonight and we got what we deserved basically."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte Booked
  • 03 Bikey
  • 15 Hines
  • 10 Bailey
  • 16 McEachran
  • 18 Halliday (Parnaby - 90' )
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 11 Ledesma (Zemmama - 87' )
  • 17 Jutkiewicz (Miller - 87' )
  • 27 McDonald

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 21 Parnaby
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 08 Thomson
  • 09 Emnes
  • 22 Williams
  • 30 Miller

Huddersfield

  • 01 Smithies
  • 03 Dixon
  • 05 P Clarke
  • 32 Hunt
  • 33 Lynch
  • 04 Norwood (Atkinson - 54' )
  • 11 Ward
  • 16 Arfield
  • 22 Robinson (Hammill - 54' )
  • 09 Novak (Lee - 68' )
  • 20 Church

Substitutes

  • 13 Bennett
  • 02 Woods
  • 06 Gerrard
  • 15 Wallace
  • 14 Hammill
  • 31 Atkinson
  • 19 Lee
Ref: Mathieson
Att: 21,850

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

6 3

Corners

3 4

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:18 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:17

Unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:11

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Adam Hammill.

90:00 +0:11 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Halliday goes off and Stuart Parnaby comes on.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Nicky Bailey on Daniel Ward, free kick awarded.

89:37

Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save by Alex Smithies.

88:19

Adam Hammill crosses the ball, blocked by Nicky Bailey. Corner from left by-line taken by Adam Hammill. Daniel Ward produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz leaves the field to be replaced by Ishmael Miller.

86:40 Substitution

Substitution Merouane Zemmama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emmanuel Ledesma.

86:16

Jack Hunt crosses the ball, Andrew Halliday manages to make a clearance.

84:32

The assist for the goal came from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

84:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McDonald - Middlesbro 3 - 0 Huddersfld Scott McDonald finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 3-0 Huddersfield.

83:15

Paul Dixon delivers the ball.

82:05

The referee blows for offside against Alan Lee. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.

81:16

Scott McDonald produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

79:23

Jack Hunt takes the direct free kick.

79:23 Booking

Booking Caution for Justin Hoyte.

78:22

Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Justin Hoyte results in a free kick.

75:47

The ball is crossed by Daniel Ward, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save made by Alex Smithies. Corner taken by Emmanuel Ledesma.

74:25

Corner taken by Adam Hammill, clearance made by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

72:57

Effort from long range by Joel Lynch goes wide right of the target.

72:15

Unfair challenge on Adam Hammill by Richard Smallwood results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Clarke.

70:07

Seb Hines gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Lee. Strike on goal comes in from Adam Hammill from the free kick.

68:53

Emmanuel Ledesma concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Arfield. Free kick taken by Joel Lynch.

67:31 Substitution

Substitution Alan Lee on for Lee Novak.

65:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Emmanuel Ledesma - Middlesbro 2 - 0 Huddersfld Free kick scored by Emmanuel Ledesma from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-0 Huddersfield.

64:47

Foul by Paul Dixon on Emmanuel Ledesma, free kick awarded.

63:56

Paul Dixon challenges Emmanuel Ledesma unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

63:10

Daniel Ward takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Bailey.

60:18

Shot from just outside the box by Andrew Halliday misses to the right of the target.

58:27

Effort from the edge of the area by Scott McDonald goes wide of the right-hand upright.

56:11

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Blocked by Joel Lynch.

55:46

Adam Hammill concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh McEachran. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

53:07 Substitution

Substitution Oliver Norwood goes off and Chris Atkinson comes on.

53:07 Substitution

Substitution Adam Hammill is brought on as a substitute for Anton Robinson.

53:03

Andrew Halliday challenges Jack Hunt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Alex Smithies.

52:12

The official flags Richard Smallwood offside. Alex Smithies takes the direct free kick.

51:54

Paul Dixon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Ledesma. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

49:57

Corner from left by-line taken by Oliver Norwood. The offside flag is raised against Simon Church. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

48:00

Unfair challenge on Andrew Halliday by Jack Hunt results in a free kick. Richard Smallwood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.

47:00

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Brilliant save by Alex Smithies.

46:20

Effort from the edge of the area by Lee Novak goes wide of the right-hand upright.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:03

Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele. Corner taken by Oliver Norwood from the right by-line played to the near post.

42:42

Scott Arfield takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

41:39

Lukas Jutkiewicz sends in a cross.

41:00

Jack Hunt sends in a cross, clearance made by Josh McEachran.

39:58

The referee blows for offside against Simon Church. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

39:02

Centre by Andrew Halliday.

37:28

Richard Smallwood fouled by Simon Church, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

35:42

A cross is delivered by Nicky Bailey, clearance by Jack Hunt.

34:20

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emmanuel Ledesma played to the near post, Andrew Halliday has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

31:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Smallwood by Scott Arfield. Emmanuel Ledesma takes the free kick. The ball is delivered by Lukas Jutkiewicz, Seb Hines has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

29:36

Anton Robinson crosses the ball, save by Jason Steele.

27:48

The assist for the goal came from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

27:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McDonald - Middlesbro 1 - 0 Huddersfld Scott McDonald scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Huddersfield.

26:46

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Anton Robinson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Paul Dixon.

25:18

Centre by Scott McDonald.

21:39

Jack Hunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

19:26

Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

18:27

Centre by Andrew Halliday, clearance made by Peter Clarke.

13:22

Emmanuel Ledesma takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Daniel Ward manages to make a clearance.

10:13

Scott McDonald fouled by Peter Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Emmanuel Ledesma has an effort direct from the free kick.

8:04

Shot by Oliver Norwood from a long way out goes over the target.

5:37

A cross is delivered by Justin Hoyte, Peter Clarke manages to make a clearance.

5:17

The ball is sent over by Richard Smallwood.

3:25

Shot from just outside the area by Daniel Ward misses to the left of the target.

2:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Smallwood on Oliver Norwood. Peter Clarke takes the free kick.

2:38

Foul by Peter Clarke on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Scott McDonald takes the free kick.

1:59

A cross is delivered by Daniel Ward, Josh McEachran makes a clearance.

1:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Ward on Andrew Halliday. Free kick taken by Andrew Halliday.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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