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Sheffield Wednesday 1-3 Middlesbrough

Adam Reach
Adam Reach has scored four goals in his Middlesbrough career

Middlesbrough withstood a second-half fight-back from Sheffield Wednesday to claim a deserved Championship win.

Adam Reach put the visitors ahead when he lashed home a close-range finish from Grant Leadbitter's corner.

The home side improved after half-time and soon equalised through Marco Matias's deflected shot.

But Diego Fabbrini put Boro back in front after a swift counter-attack, and Christian Stuani sealed it late on with a composed finish into the far corner.

Boro bossed the first half, with goalkeeper Lewis Price coming to Wednesday's rescue when he tipped over Daniel Ayala's close-range header from Adam Clayton's great cross.

Stewart Downing glanced a header wide from Reach's cross before Price again saved superbly from Reach's drilled shot.

But Price could do nothing about the opening goal as sloppy defending allowed Leadbitter's corner to find Reach in space, who powered home a left-foot shot.

The hosts responded strongly after the break, Alex Lopes shooting inches wide and forcing a great save from Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, before Matias equalised from Jack Hunt's great cross.

But the visitors were back in front just three minutes later when a corner was cleared out to Fabbrini, who raced clear from the halfway line and slotted a finish into the bottom corner.

Stuani sealed victory, shooting across Price into the far corner after good work from substitute David Nugent, and Adam Forshaw almost added a fourth in injury time when he headed against a post.

Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal: "We played against one of the strongest teams in the Championship and we played very soft.

"We gave the ball to the opponents in the first 45 minutes and then we changed things. We tried to be more aggressive.

"There was a strong reaction and we started to create opportunities. The big lesson we must take from the game is that we must play from the beginning.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: "I am proud of my team. All the players did well because it was a difficult game, especially after our defeat last Saturday at home.

"This season I have players on the bench who can change games like Adam Forshaw, (Christian) Stuani and David Nugent. You feel that they can make a difference on the pitch.

"When players are on the bench sometimes they are not happy, but they understand and they are always fighting for each other."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 34Price
  • 32Hunt
  • 15Lees
  • 23Sasso
  • 16Wiggins
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forSemedoat 22'minutes
  • 21LópezBooked at 73minsSubstituted forSougouat 76'minutes
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forNuhiuat 45'minutes
  • 20Lee
  • 7MatiasBooked at 89mins
  • 18Lucas João

Substitutes

  • 2Palmer
  • 3Turner
  • 6Semedo
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 10McGugan
  • 24Sougou
  • 28Wildsmith

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24NsueBooked at 75mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6GibsonBooked at 28mins
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 45mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 19DowningSubstituted forStuaniat 68'minutes
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forForshawat 84'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 9KikeSubstituted forNugentat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 18Stuani
  • 26Kalas
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent
  • 39Woodgate
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
20,976

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  4. Post update

    Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Modou Sougou (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  10. Post update

    Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Booking

    Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday).

  14. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  15. Post update

    Modou Sougou (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Middlesbrough 3. Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Nugent with a headed pass.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Christian Stuani.

  20. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.