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Middlesbrough 0-1 Norwich City

James Maddison
James Maddison scored for just the second time in the league in his Norwich City career

Norwich clung on to inflict a first defeat in eight games on Middlesbrough.

A gritty opening period was brought to life by James Maddison's exquisite opener as he curled in from distance.

Britt Assombalonga was guilty of missing a host of chances as Boro dominated for large periods.

The £15m summer signing had one header cleared off the line and two more saved as Boro bombarded the Canaries, who have now kept five successive clean sheets in the Championship.

Boro slipped down to ninth place, ahead of 10th-placed Norwich - who have gone seven hours and 48 minutes without conceding in the league - by virtue of goal difference.

Angus Gunn was the hero for City as the goalkeeper made a number of good saves as Boro failed to convert any of their 21 efforts on goal - five of which were on target.

Norwich's best chance for a second came soon after the restart as Cameron Jerome was denied by Boro keeper Darren Randolph, but it was his Canaries counterpart who was the busier of the two custodians.

He stopped decent second-half efforts from Adama Traore, Cyrus Christie and Dael Fry as Norwich's unbeaten run was extended to a month.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"I'm frustrated, of course. We all are, the players are as well.

"We gifted them the goal so paid the price. Lessons need to be learned. We have done that in other games and we have shown the character and determination to get back in but you can't continually do that, where we gift a goal to the opposition.

"You saw for the rest of the game where they had 10 behind the ball on their six-yard box and we knew that was coming. Realistically we should have scored but too many times we didn't deliver the right ball and that right pass in the final third."

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke:

"I have compliments for the lads, this was a brilliant win. We were against a tough side away from home with eyes on the title. We had to do it without so many players too, we had to create a special plan for this game.

"Our philosophy is normally to dominate the ball so today we had to concentrate on our defensive behaviour and counter strengths. Overall I think the guys did really well. We didn't give away too many chances. Our defence was brilliant.

"When you are working all together, have a big attitude, then this is a big result. Not many teams will win an away game at Middlesbrough."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 20Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 2da SilvaSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 70'minutes
  • 16HowsonBooked at 71mins
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forFletcherat 60'minutes
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forBamfordat 80'minutes
  • 30Baker
  • 21Johnson
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 5Shotton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 11Bamford
  • 18Fletcher

Norwich

  • 1Gunn
  • 2PintoBooked at 54mins
  • 6Zimmermann
  • 15Klose
  • 3Husband
  • 27TetteyBooked at 62mins
  • 19Trybull
  • 17WildschutBooked at 28minsSubstituted forStiepermannat 70'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 23MaddisonSubstituted forHanleyat 90+4'minutes
  • 12Watkins
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forOliveiraat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Reed
  • 9Oliveira
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 28Franke
  • 31Hanley
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
24,084

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home21
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Norwich City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Norwich City 1.

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

Angus Gunn (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Christoph Zimmermann.

Attempt missed. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marvin Johnson with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Angus Gunn.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Grant Hanley replaces James Maddison.

Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Maddison (Norwich City).

Attempt saved. Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Baker with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Trybull.

Attempt blocked. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Baker with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ivo Pinto.

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nélson Oliveira replaces Cameron Jerome.

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Norwich City).

Booking

Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City).

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Johnson.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford replaces Adama Traoré.

Attempt missed. James Maddison (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Marvin Johnson tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Booking

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

James Maddison (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Martin Braithwaite replaces Fabio.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Yanic Wildschut.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Timm Klose.

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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