Middlesbrough came from behind to beat Yeovil and secure their first victory of the season at the Riverside.

Liam Davis raced clear to give the visitors an early lead, but Grant Leadbitter equalised before having a penalty saved, though Albert Adomah stabbed home the rebound.

Jacob Butterfield then netted a low shot from 25 yards out and Kei Kamara's header put the result beyond doubt.

Victory moves Tony Mowbray's men up to 15th in the Championship table.

It also eases the pressure on the former Boro defender after a difficult start to the season; their only previous league victory coming at Charlton in August.

The afternoon got off to a bad start for the hosts when Davis capitalised on skipper Rhys Williams's mistake to shoot between the legs of Jason Steele.

Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

Leadbitter settled any nerves just four minutes later with a half-volley which bounced through a crowd of players and into the net.

Kamara hit the woodwork twice as Boro began to dominate - and their reward came when George Friend was brought down in the area by Joel Grant.

Yeovil goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey pushed Leadbitter's effort on to the post, but Adomah followed up for his second goal of the season.

Butterfield extended the lead after playing a neat one-two with Leadbitter, before Kamara sealed victory.

Yeovil striker Kieffer Moore had a great chance to pull one back late on but somehow hooked the ball clear from two yards out when it seemed easier to score.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"We gifted them an early goal but the reaction to that was very positive.

"We got the equaliser very quickly, we went ahead, we hit the bar, we hit the post, and we got ahead and stayed composed. It was a good display.

"So is it a relief? I don't think so. We have been playing well in recent weeks and we knew it would come.

"But yes, it is important to turn those good performances into wins. Six draws from 11 games is too many and all of those felt like defeats to us because we probably warranted more than a single point in all of those."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Friend
  • 05 Richardson (Hoyte - 77' )
  • 04 Williams
  • 22 Gibson
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 07 Leadbitter (Varga - 78' )
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 27 Adomah
  • 29 Kamara
  • 10 Emnes (Carayol - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 15 Hines
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
  • 19 Carayol
  • 08 Varga

Yeovil Town

  • 27 Hennessey
  • 04 Edwards
  • 15 Duffy
  • 03 McAllister Booked (Dawson - 79' )
  • 05 Webster
  • 23 Grant
  • 08 Upson
  • 21 Davis
  • 19 Ralls Booked
  • 28 Williams (Hoskins - 33' )
  • 17 Madden (Moore - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Seaborne
  • 14 Hoskins
  • 07 Dawson
  • 24 Dunn
  • 02 Ayling
  • 10 Foley
  • 13 Moore
Ref: Dean Whitestone
Att: 13,181

Match Stats

Shots

22 15

On target

9 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

6 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1.

90:00 +3:06

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by George Friend.

90:00 +2:38

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +2:20

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +2:20

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:21

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edward Upson.

88:18

Attempt missed. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Dawson.

85:45

Attempt missed. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

84:51

Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Justin Hoyte is caught offside.

83:35

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

83:31

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

81:47

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Friend.

81:01

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

81:01

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:33

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

78:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces Jamie McAllister.

78:10

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:10

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

77:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. József Varga replaces Grant Leadbitter.

76:50

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol following a set piece situation.

76:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Justin Hoyte replaces Frazer Richardson.

75:29

Frazer Richardson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:29

Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

73:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross following a corner.

73:07

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Byron Webster.

71:17

Attempt missed. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Davis.

69:12 Booking

Booking Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:00

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:00

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

68:34

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

67:45

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:45

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

66:26

Jason Steele (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:26

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

65:34

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

63:35

Attempt blocked. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:05

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

62:46

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

62:46

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol replaces Marvin Emnes.

61:15

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:15

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

60:06

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:06

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

59:23

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

59:23

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:09

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:09

Foul by Joe Edwards (Yeovil Town).

54:35

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:35

Foul by Edward Upson (Yeovil Town).

53:08

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:08

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

52:11

Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Liam Davis.

51:48

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

51:01

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kei Kamara with a headed pass.

49:32 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Yeovil Town 1. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

48:03

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 2, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kieffer Moore replaces Patrick Madden.

45:00 +3:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Yeovil Town 1.

45:00 +2:56

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

45:00 +2:56

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:58

Attempt missed. Patrick Madden (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sam Hoskins.

44:31

Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but Marvin Emnes is caught offside.

43:36

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:36

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

42:06

Offside, Yeovil Town. Edward Upson tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

39:32

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:32

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

38:33

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Ralls.

38:30

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

37:55

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

37:28

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:28

Foul by Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town).

36:49

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the left. Assisted by George Friend.

34:23

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joel Grant tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

34:02

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Davis.

32:50

Attempt missed. Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

32:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Yeovil Town. Sam Hoskins replaces Andy Williams.

32:06

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

30:42

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

29:14

Attempt blocked. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

28:43

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

27:48 Booking

Booking Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:43

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:43

Foul by Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town).

26:46

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

23:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Yeovil Town 1. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

23:05

Penalty saved! Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

22:17

Penalty Middlesbrough. George Friend draws a foul in the penalty area.

22:17

Penalty conceded by Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

21:00

Offside, Yeovil Town. Joe Edwards tries a through ball, but Patrick Madden is caught offside.

16:58

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:58

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

13:14

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:14

Foul by Andy Williams (Yeovil Town).

12:03

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:47

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

11:45

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

11:11

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough).

11:11

Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:04

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Byron Webster.

9:13

Offside, Middlesbrough. Rhys Williams tries a through ball, but Marvin Emnes is caught offside.

8:44

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Yeovil Town 1. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

6:48

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie McAllister.

6:03

Attempt missed. Jamie McAllister (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joel Grant.

3:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Yeovil Town 1. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Shane Duffy following a fast break.

1:54

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:54

Foul by Shane Duffy (Yeovil Town).

0:54

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

0:30

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:30

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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