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Middlesbrough 1-4 Sheffield Wednesday: Garry Monk's Owls thrash Boro

Adam Reach (right)
County Durham-born Adam Reach (right) began his career as a youth player at Boro

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate bemoaned his side's "terrible" display after they slumped to a heavy home defeat against Garry Monk's Sheffield Wednesday.

Monk extended his unbeaten league start as Owls manager to three games as they thrashed his former club at a disgruntled Riverside Stadium.

Boro's Adam Clayton headed into his own net before Dominic Iorfa nodded in to make it 2-0, and although Paddy McNair's half-volley reduced the deficit, Adam Reach fired home and Steven Fletcher made it four.

"I can't expect the fans to come and pay to see performances like that," Woodgate told BBC Tees.

"That first-half performance was absolutely terrible. It's something that I don't want to see from my team again, sloppy goals like that, not here."

Middlesbrough have won just two games this season, while the Owls are now just three points behind Championship leaders West Brom.

"I'm from Middlesbrough and I know what it's like to play for this club," Woodgate added. "My players need to realise what type of club this is.

"This is a club that works hard for everything they've got. This is an area that works hard for everything they've got, and they need to show that on Tuesday night against Preston.

"I need my players to stand up now and show us what they're all about. There's a huge amount of work to do."

Monk, who spent six months in charge of Boro in 2017, took over at Hillsborough earlier this month and began his tenure with a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town.

And it did not take long for his new side to take the lead once again with Clayton turning Barry Bannan's corner past his own keeper.

Scotland international Bannan produced another deadly cross soon after as Iorfa's header made it 2-0, before McNair's powerful strike gave Boro hope of staging an early fightback, but by the 34th minute they had been swept away.

First Atdhe Nuhiu set up Reach, who found the net with a left-footed strike from inside the box before the former Middlesbrough wide man turned provider with his cross finding the head of Fletcher.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"Especially in the first half we showed how devastating we can be.

"Midweek against Everton we didn't take our opportunities, but today we were ruthless and clinical.

"Because it's such a lead you know what's going to happen, we knew they would come out and fight and make it difficult.

"I thought overall we controlled that fightback and to score four goals away from home is very pleasing."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 2Dijksteel
  • 6Fry
  • 5Shotton
  • 27BolaSubstituted forAyalaat 45'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forBrowneat 45'minutes
  • 26Wing
  • 21JohnsonSubstituted forWalkerat 74'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 11Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 4Ayala
  • 7Tavernier
  • 10Browne
  • 16Howson
  • 22Saville
  • 36Walker
  • 42Pears

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 22Odubajo
  • 27Iorfa
  • 13Börner
  • 2Palmer
  • 20Reach
  • 23HutchinsonSubstituted forLuongoat 41'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 10BannanBooked at 72mins
  • 7K HarrisSubstituted forFoxat 89'minutes
  • 9Fletcher
  • 17NuhiuBooked at 76minsSubstituted forWinnallat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 5Lee
  • 8Pelupessy
  • 11Winnall
  • 14Murphy
  • 21Luongo
  • 25Dawson
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
22,075

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt saved. Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Julian Börner (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Morgan Fox replaces Kadeem Harris.

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Booking

Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stephen Walker (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).

Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Winnall replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Steven Fletcher.

Booking

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stephen Walker replaces Marvin Johnson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Steven Fletcher.

Booking

Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcus Browne (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday).

Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Massimo Luongo (Sheffield Wednesday).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Sheffield Wednesday).

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marvin Johnson.

Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

goal

As It Stood

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1West Brom95401710719
2Swansea9531136718
3Nottm Forest9531148618
4Leeds9522135817
5Preston95221710717
6Charlton9522128417
7Sheff Wed9513158716
8Bristol City94411612416
9QPR95131414016
10Fulham9432147715
11Blackburn94141010013
12Cardiff93421112-113
13Birmingham9414912-313
14Derby92521113-211
15Hull92431313010
16Luton93151417-310
17Millwall9243712-510
18Middlesbrough9234913-49
19Brentford822456-18
20Reading92251012-28
21Wigan9225815-78
22Barnsley8125412-85
23Huddersfield9027818-102
24Stoke9027920-112
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