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Middlesbrough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies stay top of the Championship

Hal Robson-Kanu
Hal Robson-Kanu scored his first goal of the season for West Brom

West Bromwich Albion stayed top of the Championship table thanks to substitute Hal Robson-Kanu's late winner at Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough had the pick of the chances in an uneventful first half with George Saville seeing his effort cleared off the line by Kyle Bartley.

But, in the week that he signed a new contract, Robson-Kanu was on hand to win it for the league leaders on 82 minutes, tapping in at the back post following a goalmouth scramble.

The Baggies then held on to move two points clear of second-placed Leeds.

West Brom had gone into the international break top of the Championship after a fine performance to defeat Cardiff City 4-2 at The Hawthorns. But they were disjointed at the Riverside.

Middlesbrough nearly opened the scoring at the end of a cagey first half when Sam Johnstone saved Britt Assombalonga's header and Bartley cleared Saville's rebound off the line.

At the other end, Matheus Pereira attempted a spectacular overhead-kick from Grady Diangana's cross but Darren Randolph was equal to it before Johnstone parried a stinging effort from Jonny Howson as both sides improved after the break.

Boro had a golden chance to open the scoring 15 minutes from time, but Saville smashed the ball over following Ashley Fletcher's cutback.

And, 20 minutes after he came on, West Brom left with all three points when Robson-Kanu struck, to leave Jonathan Woodgate's Boro 21st in the table.

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:

"We created numerous chances, which we need to take. That's what it's all about, creating chances and putting the ball in the back of the net and we didn't do that

"They dominated possession but we went toe to toe with a team that'll probably go up. They've got some fantastic players but we played really well. If we play like that and keep creating chances, we'll be fine.

"I can't remember a real save that Darren Randolph had to make in the game. We deserved to win. We ran them all the way. It was miles better than the performance against Birmingham."

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic told BBC WM:

"Middlesbrough are not confident. What they need is a couple of wins. They are fighting hard and gave us a hard game. If they continue, they will be out of trouble very soon. I have no doubt they will do it.

"Make no mistake, we knew what kind of game we expected and it was the one we didn't want. We were ready for that.

"They defended in numbers but, with more quality and quantity of attacks, then sooner or later you will get good opportunities. That is exactly what happened."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 23Randolph
  • 6Fry
  • 4Ayala
  • 5Shotton
  • 16HowsonBooked at 84mins
  • 17McNair
  • 26Wing
  • 22SavilleSubstituted forBrowneat 88'minutes
  • 21Johnson
  • 7TavernierBooked at 47minsSubstituted forFletcherat 72'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 2Dijksteel
  • 8Clayton
  • 10Browne
  • 11Fletcher
  • 27Bola
  • 37Liddle
  • 42Pears

West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2Furlong
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 36FergusonBooked at 64mins
  • 8LivermoreBooked at 80minsSubstituted forHegaziat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Sawyers
  • 12Costa Pereira
  • 7KrovinovicSubstituted forEdwardsat 63'minutes
  • 29Diangana
  • 15AustinBooked at 25minsSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 11Brunt
  • 14Townsend
  • 21Edwards
  • 23Bond
  • 26Hegazi
  • 27O'Shea
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
20,174

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home17
Away19
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, West Bromwich Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Ferguson (West Bromwich Albion).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough).

  8. Post update

    Grady Diangana (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Marcus Browne (Middlesbrough).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

  11. Booking

    Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Ahmed Hegazi replaces Jake Livermore.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Browne replaces George Saville.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matheus Pereira (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  19. Post update

    Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom127412213925
2Leeds12723167923
3Swansea126421710722
4Nottm Forest11641169722
5QPR127142121022
6Preston1263323131021
7Charlton126331812621
8Sheff Wed126241710720
9Bristol City125521816220
10Fulham125432012819
11Cardiff124531717017
12Birmingham125161115-416
13Brentford124351211115
14Blackburn124351517-215
15Derby123631518-315
16Luton124261820-214
17Millwall123541217-514
18Hull123451619-313
19Reading123271217-511
20Wigan11326916-711
21Middlesbrough122461117-610
22Huddersfield122371420-69
23Stoke122281322-98
24Barnsley12147923-147
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