Mustapha Carayol scored twice in the last 10 minutes as Middlesbrough condemned Blackpool to their eighth defeat in nine matches.

The Gambian opened the scoring six minutes from time when he cut in from the right before bending his shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

And Carayol fired home his second in the third minute of stoppage time from Albert Adomah's pass.

The result moves Boro to 13th in the Championship, with Blackpool 14th.

Boro on a run

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their past four league games.

The hosts had the best of a bright opening with Barry Ferguson testing visiting goalkeeper Shay Given with an 18-yard volley, before Craig Cathcart nodded wide a left-wing cross from Tom Ince.

Middlesbrough also went close when Lukas Jutkiewicz was through on goal, but he was prevented from shooting by Cathcart's brilliant tackle.

Just minutes later, a near-identical move saw Emmanuel Ledesma send Adomah clear, but this time Jack Robinson produced a last-gasp block.

After the break, Blackpool again looked to seize the early initiative, with Chris Basham heading wide from a Neal Bishop right-wing cross, before a succession of corners put the visitors under pressure.

But it was Boro who finally broke the deadlock when a counter-attack allowed Carayol to cut in from the right before curling low past Matt Gilks.

And the away side wrapped up the win deep into added time when Blackpool failed to deal with Adomah's cut-back, allowing Carayol to fire into the top left-hand corner.

Blackpool assistant Steve Thompson:

"The players are working hard but we're lacking quality in the final third.

"We told the lads before the game and at half-time that we needed to watch the counter-attack and we've been done twice, which is frustrating.

"We felt we were starting to get on top of the game and we got hit by a sucker punch."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"I said when I first came here when we lost two or three games, my philosophy is always thinking about the next game.

"We were three points away from the relegation places and now we're not far from the play-offs - but my mentality is the same."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 12 Bishop
  • 03 Robinson Booked
  • 17 Basham
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 05 Mackenzie Booked
  • 11 Ince
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 19 Fuller (Davies - 77' )
  • 31 Martínez (Caton - 87' )
  • 27 Barkhuizen (Eccleston - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 13 Warner
  • 22 Caton
  • 23 Eccleston
  • 33 Harris
  • 37 Cameron
  • 38 Waddington

Middlesbrough

  • 12 Given
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 26 Ayala
  • 04 Williams
  • 11 Ledesma (Butterfield - 89' )
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 09 Jutkiewicz (Main - 81' )
  • 10 Emnes (Carayol - 61' Booked )
  • 27 Adomah

Substitutes

  • 05 Richardson
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 19 Carayol
  • 22 Gibson
  • 23 Main
  • 33 Smallwood
Ref: Mike Russell
Att: 14,421

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

5 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

3 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +6:34 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +3:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

90:00 +2:49

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

88:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

86:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. James Caton replaces Ángel.

85:23

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:23

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

84:55

Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Curtis Main is caught offside.

83:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 1. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

82:43

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

82:21

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

79:05

Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Mustapha Carayol is caught offside.

78:59

Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

78:41

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by George Friend.

76:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

74:54 Booking

Booking Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

74:39

Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:39

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

69:42

Offside, Middlesbrough. Rhys Williams tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

68:40

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.

68:30

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

67:33 Booking

Booking Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:18

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

67:18

Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:22

Offside, Middlesbrough. Shay Given tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

65:12

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.

64:10

Foul by Thomas Ince (Blackpool).

64:10

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:52

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross following a set piece situation.

62:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Eccleston replaces Tom Barkhuizen because of an injury.

62:08 Booking

Booking Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:54

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

61:54

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

60:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol replaces Marvin Emnes.

57:35

Delay in match Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) because of an injury.

55:30

Attempt blocked. Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a cross.

55:03

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

53:46

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:46

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

53:06

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

52:57

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:57

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

50:55

Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Bishop with a cross.

50:15

Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma is caught offside.

47:02

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:02

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

45:50

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ángel.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:17 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:59

Delay in match Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:52

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.

44:59

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:59

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

43:00

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhys Williams.

42:00

Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:00

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

41:17

Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Gilks tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

40:18

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

38:54

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

38:54

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:13

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

34:17

Attempt saved. Ángel (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

33:45

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

33:45

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:35

Hand ball by Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough).

31:40

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

31:40

Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:10

Attempt saved. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

23:42

Offside, Middlesbrough. Rhys Williams tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

23:27

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

22:17

Offside, Middlesbrough. Shay Given tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

21:23

Attempt saved. Ángel (Blackpool) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Thomas Ince.

20:26

Offside, Blackpool. Barry Ferguson tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.

19:19

Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.

18:28

Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:28

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

17:36

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

16:50

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Fuller with a headed pass.

16:14

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

15:36

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

14:39

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

14:39

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:15

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

7:17

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

6:47

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

6:45

Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

6:16

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

4:13

Attempt saved. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

2:07

Foul by Ángel (Blackpool).

2:07

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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