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Middlesbrough 1-0 Barnsley: Boro get rare win against rock-bottom Barnsley

Ashley Fletcher scores
Ashley Fletcher scored for the second successive match for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough moved out of the Championship relegation zone as they won for the first time in 11 games against bottom-of-the-table Barnsley on a treacherously wet evening on Teesside.

Barnsley's Jacob Brown rattled the crossbar four minutes into the second half with a curling effort after cutting in from the left as both sides struggled with the testing conditions.

But it was Boro who opened the scoring shortly after - Ashley Fletcher coolly rolling the ball into an empty net as Mads Andersen slid past him as he tried to tackle and wrong-footed keeper Samuel Sahin-Radlinger in the process.

Sahin-Radlinger kept the Tykes in the game with two good saves inside two minutes as Britt Assombalonga and Marcus Tavernier went close.

The win was just a third in the league all season for Boro, and first since 14 September as they moved two places and one point clear of the relegation zone.

Barnsley are now eight points from safety and have yet to win since the opening day of the season - a 17-game and 116-day wait.

The visitors had a number of chances to score in the first half, but Boro defender Jonny Howson made a series of good blocks while Cauley Woodrow fired over after good work from Alex Mowatt and Luke Thomas.

New Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber has yet to win a point since taking over this month - the Austrian has presided over two defeats and seen his side slip further away from their rivals.

Treacherous conditions at the Riverside
The match was played in treacherous conditions after heavy rain in Middlesbrough

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We created for 60 minutes a very good game, we had it all under control.

"But after the goal it was a ping-pong game. We had good situations on the ball and off the ball, but in the end we had a result that cannot make us happy and the team is now very frustrated and disappointed.

"They need help from me and my staff to bring us up and I hope the performance on Saturday is the same or a little better and we create the result that we need."

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Radio Tees:

"It's three unbeaten, so let's take the positives.

"It was a difficult game, the conditions were dreadful and Barnsley played some football at times, but I thought we deserved to win the game, without question I thought we created a lot of opportunities, especially in the second half where we could have had two or three more goals.

"But the win's really important for us. You've got to fight and at times it's not all about tactics, it's about who wants it the most and our team showed that."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 16HowsonBooked at 43mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Fry
  • 2DijksteelSubstituted forBolaat 22'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 17McNairSubstituted forClaytonat 78'minutes
  • 26WingBooked at 64mins
  • 7Tavernier
  • 33Coulson
  • 11Fletcher
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 8Clayton
  • 25Wood
  • 27Bola
  • 35O'Neill
  • 37Liddle
  • 44Hackney

Barnsley

  • 1Sahin-Radlinger
  • 12Cavaré
  • 5Diaby
  • 6Andersen
  • 3Williams
  • 10BähreSubstituted forMcGeehanat 69'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 11Chaplin
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forSchmidtat 73'minutes
  • 9Woodrow
  • 7Brown

Substitutes

  • 2Williams
  • 4Dougall
  • 8McGeehan
  • 19Schmidt
  • 21Sibbick
  • 22Oduor
  • 40Collins
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
18,043

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Barnsley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Barnsley 0.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ben Williams.

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

Foul by Ben Williams (Barnsley).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alex Mowatt (Barnsley).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Barnsley. Dimitri Kevin Cavaré tries a through ball, but Patrick Schmidt is caught offside.

Foul by Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Marc Bola (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Bola (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Samuel Sahin-Radlinger.

Attempt saved. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hayden Coulson.

Foul by Bambo Diaby (Barnsley).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Patrick McNair.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick McNair.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mads Andersen.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Samuel Sahin-Radlinger.

Attempt saved. Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher with a through ball.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Aynsley Pears.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Patrick Schmidt replaces Luke Thomas.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Ayala.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Cameron McGeehan replaces Mike-Steven Bähre.

Attempt blocked. Conor Chaplin (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Dimitri Kevin Cavaré (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

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

Booking

Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jacob Brown (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Conor Chaplin (Barnsley).

goal

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