Middlesbrough secured only their second victory in 13 Championship games by beating play-off hopefuls Brighton.

Albert Adomah opened the scoring for Boro after 65 minutes, steering the ball home from inside the six-yard box.

Leonardo Ulloa missed the chance to equalise 12 minutes later, blazing over from the penalty spot after George Friend brought down Solly March.

And Danny Graham wrapped up the points late on with a low strike from 12 yards following a pass by Grant Leadbitter.

While victory was Boro's first away from home since January 11 at Blackpool, Brighton have slipped four points adrift of Reading in the final play-off spot.

The hosts should have opened the scoring early on, but midfielder David Lopez fired wastefully wide following a Will Buckley cross.

Tomasz Kuszczak was kept busy at the other end, though, making saves from Luke Williams, Lee Tomlin and Leadbitter.

And the pressure told in the second half as Seagulls skipper Gordon Greer allowed Graham to cross, with Adomah applying the finish.

Ulloa had the best chance to restore parity but was wasteful from the spot, allowing Graham to clinch the victory four minutes from time.

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia on fans booing at half-time: "I didn't hear it. I am first to the dressing room. It's normal. If they are not happy, they can do this.

"I can only say good things about the fans. They are clever fans; we have a mid-table budget and we are fighting for a high position.

"We're making mistakes at the back and we are being punished. The problem is we are not punishing the opposition ourselves and now these are the kind of things that are making the difference."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "It's my first season in English football and I'm very happy because everything is new to me.

"The potential is such that we have to work together to do the best. We have a good attitude and will be working to improve the squad in time.

"We created some good chances in the first half and didn't let Brighton play. We are playing in a very high tempo and deserved a slice of luck when Brighton missed their penalty."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 02 Bruno
  • 17 Ward
  • 04 Andrews
  • 03 Greer
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince (March - 73' )
  • 21 D. López (Lua Lua - 59' )
  • 19 Ulloa
  • 30 Buckley (F-Caskey - 33' )
  • 35 Lingard

Substitutes

  • 05 Dunk
  • 09 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14 Calderón
  • 16 Ankergren
  • 18 F-Caskey
  • 25 Lua Lua
  • 27 March

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 25 Omeruo (Chalobah - 79' )
  • 22 Gibson
  • 14 Williams
  • 18 Whitehead Booked
  • 09 Graham
  • 10 Tomlin (Butterfield - 60' )
  • 27 Adomah (Ledesma - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 24 Chalobah
  • 28 Morris
  • 29 Kamara
  • 36 Atkinson
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 27,486

Match Stats

Shots

14 14

On target

6 7

Corners

7 2

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +5:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 2.

90:00 +4:25

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

90:00 +3:18

Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:18

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +0:52

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

89:32

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bruno.

89:24

Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

88:25

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:25

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

88:10

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson tries a through ball, but George Friend is caught offside.

86:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Albert Adomah.

85:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 2. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

83:13

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by George Friend.

82:47

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:47

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

81:52

Attempt missed. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

79:59

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:59

Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Kenneth Omeruo because of an injury.

77:30

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot is too high. Leonardo Ulloa should be disappointed.

76:41

Penalty Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March draws a foul in the penalty area.

76:41

Penalty conceded by George Friend (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

76:36

Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

75:14

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

75:14

Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:51

Foul by Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion).

74:51

Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

73:08

Delay in match Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

72:38

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bruno with a cross.

72:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Rohan Ince.

70:44

Hand ball by Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough).

68:19

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

67:42

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

64:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 1. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Graham.

64:00

Hand ball by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

63:28

Attempt missed. Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua with a cross.

61:19

Attempt blocked. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Lee Tomlin.

58:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces David López.

57:04

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Friend.

56:18

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

47:58

Attempt saved. Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

46:47

Attempt missed. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward.

45:00

Second Half begins Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +0:44

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Bruno is caught offside.

38:06

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Keith Andrews tries a through ball, but Jake Forster-Caskey is caught offside.

35:53

Attempt blocked. Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

35:50

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Upson with a headed pass.

35:16

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

32:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Jake Forster-Caskey replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

30:00

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

27:24 Booking

Booking Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:03

Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:03

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

24:42

Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

23:45

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bruno.

23:43

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

23:30

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

23:30

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

20:12

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:12

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

20:03

Attempt missed. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Ward with a cross.

19:25

Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luke Williams.

18:33

Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:33

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

17:54

Attempt saved. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Friend.

16:04

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by George Friend.

15:10

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

14:20

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

10:27

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:27

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

8:23

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

7:27

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:27

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

6:51

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David López.

6:13

Attempt saved. Luke Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

3:38

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

3:36

Attempt saved. David López (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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