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Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

By Steve MarshallBBC Sport
Middlesbrough
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Middlesbrough closed to within a point of Championship leaders Brighton after beating Leeds United to secure a fifth straight league win.

David Nugent fired Boro in front from close range after only 121 seconds for his third goal in four games.

Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci then produced a diving header to divert George Friend's cross into his own net.

Diego Fabbrini slotted in Boro's third after Leeds' Mirco Antenucci saw an effort ruled out for offside.

Boro's victory was their seventh in a row in all competitions but was only their second over Leeds in 12 meetings at the Riverside.

Leeds' hold over Boro on Teesside was under threat in only the third minute when Nugent chested down Christian Stuani's right-wing cross and fired past keeper Marco Silvestri from six yards.

Bellusci then spectacularly headed past his own keeper to double the hosts' lead and give Boro a comfortable half-time advantage.

Alex Mowatt saw a free-kick tipped over the bar early in the second half by home keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos and Antenucci's shot was ruled out as Leeds, who were without injured top scorer Chris Wood, sought a way back into the game.

But Boro sealed all three points when Fabbrini capitalised on a Sol Bamba slip to round Silvestri and fire home from a tight angle.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"I don't think the goal incident is something that would have changed the game. I don't think the referee was important for the outcome of the game.

"I don't think the score is a reflection of the game. But the main thing is that we have won and we have another three points on the table.

"I knew this was going to be a very difficult game - and it was. We are only in September, though, and we have to keep going."

Leeds manager Uwe Rosler:

"The referee had a poor day. He [the linesman] told me he had to ask the referee so he wasn't sure. How can you give offside when you're not sure? He has to be 100% sure.

"It was the turning point in the game. You can't even be sure watching on TV.

"When you're overly nice you don't get far in life sometimes. I told them they should have gone over [to the linesman]. From now on, we will."

David Nugent
David Nugent fired Boro ahead after only 121 seconds
Giuseppe Bellusci
Giuseppe Bellusci's own goal gave Middlesbrough a 2-0 half-time lead

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 4AyalaBooked at 78mins
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forForshawat 87'minutes
  • 18StuaniBooked at 31minsSubstituted forFabbriniat 56'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 19Downing
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forNsueat 77'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 24Nsue
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 34Forshaw

Leeds

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Silvestri
  • 28Berardi
  • 5Bellusci
  • 3Bamba
  • 21Taylor
  • 23L Cook
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 10Mowatt
  • 20BotakaSubstituted forDoukaraat 64'minutes
  • 7Antenucci
  • 15DallasSubstituted forMurphyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Byram
  • 4Wootton
  • 6Cooper
  • 8Murphy
  • 11Doukara
  • 22Turnbull
  • 27Phillips
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
27,694

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home6
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Charlie Taylor (Leeds United).

  5. Post update

    Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

  8. Post update

    Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Grant Leadbitter.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United).

  11. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Souleymane Doukara.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Leeds United 0. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Stuart Dallas.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Booking

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Albert Adomah.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 27th September 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton9630137621
2Middlesbrough96211751220
3Reading9432147715
4Hull9432127515
5Cardiff94321310315
6Burnley94321210215
7Ipswich94321515015
8Derby9351107314
9Birmingham83321210212
10Nottm Forest933399012
11Sheff Wed93331213-112
12QPR93331417-312
13Fulham83231511411
14Leeds9252911-211
15Huddersfield92431011-110
16Wolves8233911-29
17Charlton9234912-39
18Blackburn9153101008
19Brentford82241215-38
20Rotherham92251117-68
21Bolton9153612-68
22Preston9144610-47
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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