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Josh Hunt and James Law

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    Wolves fans celebrate

    And that's just about it for today. Thanks for being with us during our six-hour EFL marathon.

    We've had hat-tricks, hammerings, seven-goal thrillers and a sprinkling of controversy too. You can find reports of all 34 games on the BBC Sport website and app.

    Hope you can join us tomorrow for more Premier League and Championship action.

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    Norwich v Sunderland (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

    George Honeyman

    Simon Grayson's reign as Sunderland manager has started promisingly, with a victory at Bury in the Carabao Cup on Thursday following their Championship draw with Derby.

    Find out how the Black Cats get on against Norwich tomorrow in BBC Sport's live text coverage, which is set to begin at 13:00 BST.

  3. It was awful, really awful - Bruce

    FT: Cardiff 3-0 Aston Villa

    Result of the day in the Championship? That has to be Cardiff's 3-0 win over Aston Villa, which leaves the Welsh side as one of four clubs with 100% records.

    Villa boss Steve Bruce had some very strong words to say about his side's performance - click on the play button below to hear his interview with BBC WM...

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    Video caption: It's awful, really is awful - Bruce
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    FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Garry Monk's clearly a happy, and perhaps relieved, man, but it was a different story earlier for the manager of one of Boro's promotion rivals...

  5. "It's great having that winning feeling back"

    FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Quote Message: Our first half performance is the benchmark. It's great to have that winning feeling back at the club, we just need to keep it going now. I've not got a big, big squad - what we look for is quality. from Garry Monk Middlesbrough boss
    Garry MonkMiddlesbrough boss
  6. Gestede goal gets Middlesbrough off the mark

    FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Well out of nowhere that second half came to life, right at the death (if that makes sense).

    If you're just joining us, read Phil Cartwright's match report...

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Rudy Gestede

    Rudy Gestede's header gives Middlesbrough victory over Sheffield United and earns Boro's first league points of the season.

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  7. "We've always been able to dig in"

    FT: Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Quote Message: The club's not won a match for a while, so to get over the line and finally get a win is a positive - now we can kick on. To be fair, I didn't think it [disallowed goal] was offside at the time, but he gave it. This side's always been able to dig in. from Adam Clayton Middlesbrough midfielder speaking to Sky Sports
    Adam ClaytonMiddlesbrough midfielder speaking to Sky Sports

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Well that was some late drama after what was otherwise a rather low-key second half.

    Rudy Gestede's header proves to be the decisive goal for Boro, but Sheffield United have a stoppage-time effort ruled out for offside.

    It looked like Dael Fry headed into his own net, but Jack O'Connell was adjudged to be offside.

    A controversial conclusion.

  9. Sheffield United have goal disallowed!

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    That is why a one-goal lead is never really enough.

    The Blades put in an inswinging free-kick which is bundled into the Boro net by Jack O'Connell, but the assistant rules it out for offside.

    It takes the visiting players ages to realise, but their celebrations are eventually halted.

    Was it the right decision? It doesn't look like it, I'm afraid.

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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    A half-chance for the Blades, as Leon Clarke tests Darren Randolph at his near post.

    His initial attempt at a cross is blocked, and his shot is split by the Boro keeper, who gathers it at the second attempt.

    We're into four minutes of added time.

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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    I'd normally try to build up the tension as we enter the closing stages, but it honestly feels like Boro are cruising towards the three points.

    A one-goal lead is never safe, but it feels more than enough right now.

    Garry Monk
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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    The sting has been taken out of this game, through a mixture of Boro possession and stoppages.

    Adam Forshaw makes way for Grant Leadbitter as Garry Monk looks to close this one out.


    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    A change for each side as we enter the final 10 minutes of normal time.

    In search of a goal, Sheffield United turn to fresh-faced David Brooks, who takes the place of Kieron Freeman.

    Meanwhile, Boro take off record signing Britt Assombalonga, with former West Ham forward Ashley Fletcher coming on.

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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Cyrus Christie

    Cyrus Christie has a cracking set of lungs on him, and on his latest foray forward the Boro wing-back runs through a challenge before lashing a low shot at Jamal Blackman.

    United have struggled to deal with the Republic of Ireland international's athleticism all game.

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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    If you're at all surprised at how few chances Boro have given their opponents, consider this stat...

    The hosts haven't conceded more than once in any of their last 44 home matches in the second tier, keeping 27 clean sheets in that time.

    Safe to say the Blades will need something special to break their opponents down - have I seen anything to suggest that will happen? Not really.


    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Boro bring on Chelsea loanee Lewis Baker, a playmaker, for goalscorer Rudy Gestede, who had been quiet in the second half.

    Ched Evans set up two goals in the first appearance of his second spell with Sheffield United in midweek, and the striker is once again introduced by the Blades.

    Evans comes on for the largely ineffective skipper Billy Sharp.

    Ched Evans

    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    That's the closest the visitors have come to getting on level terms.

    Leon Clarke holds the ball up brilliant on the edge of the area and nudges back for Paul Coutts, whose shot is deflected and tipped wide by Boro keeper Darren Randolph.

    The former West Ham stopper then comes comfortably to collect the resulting corner.

    Never underestimate the importance of a top goalie.

  18. "There's still a long way to go"

    FT: Derby 0-2 Wolves

    Wolves won 2-0 at Derby to maintain their 100% start, thanks to goals from Barry Douglas and Ivan Cavaleiro.

    Wolves head coach Nuno Espírito Santo told BBC WM:

    "I’m pleased with the work of the boys. I have to congratulate them for the effort they made today. It’s a good start, a good game again. There’s still a long way to go, still a lot of work to do, but the boys did a fantastic job today.

    "I think the spaces were in the Derby team. I think we should take advantage sooner to close the game but the chances are there. The goals will come but every moment of the game is important: defending well and clean sheets is the first step to winning."


    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    Chris Wilder has given it the best part of 15 minutes of the second half, and hasn't seen enough spark from his Sheffield United side.

    The solution? He replaces Samir Carruthers with Mark Duffy, who started his career in Liverpool's academy.

    Can he provide that little something the visitors have lacked in the final third thus far?

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    Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

    So far it's been more about Sheffield United holding off the hosts, rather than the Blades looking for an equaliser themselves.

    However, with Billy Sharp on the pitch you feel they always have a chance of getting a goal from nothing.

    Since the start of last season, the experienced striker has scored more goals (31) than any other player in the top four tiers of English football.