Albert Adomah's double helped caretaker Mark Venus win his first Middlesbrough match in charge against Doncaster.

Venus, who took over following Tony Mowbray's sacking earlier this week, watched Boro secure only their third Championship win of the season.

Adomah opened the scoring with a spectacular lob before doubling Boro's lead with a close-range header.

Kei Kamara and Daniel Ayala, making his debut after joining on loan from Norwich, completed the rout.

The emphatic victory has strengthened Venus's chances of being added to the list of candidates being considered by chairman Steve Gibson as Mowbray's permanent successor.

Venus made six changes to Boro's starting line-up, which provided an immediate impact with Ghana striker Adomah racing clear to open the scoring with a cheeky lob over goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.

Middlesbrough dominated the first half, with Mustapha Carayol and Kamara both missing chances before Adomah added a second by heading home Richard Smallwood's cross.

Who is Albert Adomah?

  • Born in Lambeth, London, on 13 December, 1987
  • 2007: Joins Barnet, aged 19, and stays three years, scoring 20 goals
  • 2010: Joins Bristol City on a free transfer
  • 2012: Makes his debut for Ghana, who he qualified for through his parents, against Brazil
  • 2013: Joins Middlesbrough for £1m and after scoring only one goal in his first nine games, scores five more in his next three matches against Yeovil, Barnsley and Doncaster

Turnbull prevented Boro claiming a third on the stroke of half-time by saving with his legs as Carayol burst through, but could do little to prevent Kamara tapping in from close range from Grant Leadbitter's free kick mid-way through the second half.

Former Liverpool defender Ayala, signed by Venus on a three-month loan deal this week, marked an impressive night for Boro by heading home the fourth from a corner with seven minutes remaining.

The win lifts Boro up to 12th in the Championship and ensured Venus was installed as favourite with several bookmakers to succeed Mowbray despite reported interest from Mike Phelan, Manchester United's former assistant manager, and Alex McLeish, the ex-Birmingham and Aston Villa boss.

Doncaster, who have now conceded four goals in successive matches, gave a second-half debut to Yun Suk-Young after the QPR defender joined on loan until the end of December on Friday.

Middlesbrough caretaker boss Mark Venus said: "I have won one game for Middlesbrough Football Club and I was really pleased with the players.

"All I ask is next week they are fantastic again, if I am around next week. I will speak to the chairman when he is around.

"It was important we won the game, it was important that we got over the line and the way we did it was even better.

"It starts here and we have to grow. I'm pleased for everyone that has worked so hard for me. It gives me great strength and we need to move on together."

Doncaster manager Paul Dickov , meanwhile, described his side's performance as "poor, really poor".

"For the first time since I've come here," he added, "it's very hard to pick any positives out of it.

"We pride ourselves on our work-rate and desire without the ball and that was missing tonight.

"I'll find out and put it right because I'm not standing for it. They had more energy than us, they had more desire than us, and the result reflected that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 04 Williams
  • 22 Gibson
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 26 Ayala
  • 27 Adomah (Varga - 90' )
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 29 Kamara (Main - 86' )
  • 10 Emnes
  • 19 Carayol (Butterfield - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Friend
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 08 Varga
  • 09 Jutkiewicz
  • 15 Hines
  • 23 Main
  • 32 Leutwiler

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 02 Quinn (Yun - 45' )
  • 32 Wabara
  • 18 Keegan
  • 14 Khumalo
  • 05 Jones
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 04 Furman (Cotterill - 75' )
  • 22 Robinson Booked
  • 09 Brown
  • 07 Duffy

Substitutes

  • 08 Paynter
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 12 McCullough
  • 13 Maxted
  • 21 De Val
  • 27 Yun
  • 30 Peterson
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 21,882

Match Stats

Shots

21 7

On target

8 1

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 4, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 4, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers).

90:00 +2:31

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:51

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Reece Wabara tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

90:00 +0:14 Booking

Booking Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:09

Foul by Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers).

90:00 +0:09

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. József Varga replaces Albert Adomah.

89:04

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

88:17

Hand ball by Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough).

86:51

Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:51

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough).

86:09

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhys Williams.

85:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Kei Kamara.

84:30

Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

84:30

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough).

83:56

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:56

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

82:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 4, Doncaster Rovers 0. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

81:49

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

81:45

Attempt saved. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

81:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Mustapha Carayol.

80:28

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

79:27

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

79:27

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:58

Foul by David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers).

77:58

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:35

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

75:18

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.

74:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Dean Furman.

73:48

Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

72:12

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

71:14

Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

68:48

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

68:48

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Doncaster Rovers 0. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a set piece situation.

66:27

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

66:27

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:18

Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:18

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

64:39

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Reece Wabara tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

62:51

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) with an attempt from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross following a corner.

62:33

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Reece Wabara.

61:21

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Reece Wabara.

60:57

Foul by Yun Suk-Young (Doncaster Rovers).

60:57

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

59:39

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

58:29

Attempt missed. Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

56:57

Attempt blocked. Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

55:36

Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:36

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough).

54:14

Attempt blocked. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

52:43

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger tries a through ball, but Reece Wabara is caught offside.

48:20

Attempt blocked. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

45:49

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

45:20

Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:20

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Yun Suk-Young replaces Paul Quinn.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:33

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kei Kamara with a through ball.

45:00 +0:52

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

44:18

Attempt missed. Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy with a cross following a corner.

44:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

43:31

Delay in match Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

43:06

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

39:38

Offside, Middlesbrough. Marvin Emnes tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

38:18

Rob Jones (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:18

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

36:21

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. James Coppinger tries a through ball, but Theo Robinson is caught offside.

34:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Smallwood with a cross.

34:30

Attempt blocked. Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

33:06

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

33:06

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:03

Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:03

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

31:41

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Rob Jones.

31:38

Attempt blocked. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

30:30

Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:30

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

27:06 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:57

Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:57

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

26:04

Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marvin Emnes.

24:25

Attempt missed. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Coppinger.

23:42

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

22:43

Foul by Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers).

22:43

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:35

Attempt saved. Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

19:43

Hand ball by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

16:41

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Rob Jones.

16:34

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

14:40

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Quinn.

10:34

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

7:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kei Kamara with a through ball.

4:09

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Theo Robinson with a headed pass.

3:30

Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Gibson.

0:38

Paul Quinn (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:38

Foul by Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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