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Middlesbrough 4-1 Yeovil Town

Grant Leadbitter

Middlesbrough came from behind to beat Yeovil and secure their first victory of the season at the Riverside.

Liam Davis raced clear to give the visitors an early lead, but Grant Leadbitter equalised before having a penalty saved, though Albert Adomah stabbed home the rebound.

Jacob Butterfield then netted a low shot from 25 yards out and Kei Kamara's header put the result beyond doubt.

Victory moves Tony Mowbray's men up to 15th in the Championship table.

It also eases the pressure on the former Boro defender after a difficult start to the season; their only previous league victory coming at Charlton in August.

The afternoon got off to a bad start for the hosts when Davis capitalised on skipper Rhys Williams's mistake to shoot between the legs of Jason Steele.

Gary Johnson

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Post-match: Yeovil boss Johnson

Leadbitter settled any nerves just four minutes later with a half-volley which bounced through a crowd of players and into the net.

Kamara hit the woodwork twice as Boro began to dominate - and their reward came when George Friend was brought down in the area by Joel Grant.

Yeovil goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey pushed Leadbitter's effort on to the post, but Adomah followed up for his second goal of the season.

Butterfield extended the lead after playing a neat one-two with Leadbitter, before Kamara sealed victory.

Yeovil striker Kieffer Moore had a great chance to pull one back late on but somehow hooked the ball clear from two yards out when it seemed easier to score.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"We gifted them an early goal but the reaction to that was very positive.

"We got the equaliser very quickly, we went ahead, we hit the bar, we hit the post, and we got ahead and stayed composed. It was a good display.

"So is it a relief? I don't think so. We have been playing well in recent weeks and we knew it would come.

"But yes, it is important to turn those good performances into wins. Six draws from 11 games is too many and all of those felt like defeats to us because we probably warranted more than a single point in all of those."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Steele
  • 3Friend
  • 5RichardsonSubstituted forHoyteat 77'minutes
  • 4Williams
  • 22Gibson
  • 18Whitehead
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forVargaat 78'minutes
  • 6Butterfield
  • 27Adomah
  • 29Kamara
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forCarayolat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 32Leutwiler
  • 15Hines
  • 2Hoyte
  • 33Smallwood
  • 9Jutkiewicz
  • 19Carayol
  • 8Varga

Yeovil

  • 27Hennessey
  • 4Edwards
  • 15Duffy
  • 3McAllisterBooked at 28minsSubstituted forDawsonat 79'minutes
  • 5Webster
  • 23Grant
  • 8Upson
  • 21Davis
  • 19RallsBooked at 70mins
  • 28WilliamsSubstituted forHoskinsat 33'minutes
  • 17MaddenSubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Seaborne
  • 14Hoskins
  • 7Dawson
  • 24Dunn
  • 2Ayling
  • 10Foley
  • 13Moore
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
13,181

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamYeovil
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home22
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home6
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1.

Attempt missed. Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a set piece situation.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt blocked. Edward Upson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Edward Upson.

Attempt missed. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Dawson.

Attempt missed. Kevin Dawson (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Justin Hoyte is caught offside.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Shane Duffy.

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

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Friend.

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Sam Hoskins (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kieffer Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Yeovil Town. Kevin Dawson replaces Jamie McAllister.

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. József Varga replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Justin Hoyte replaces Frazer Richardson.

Frazer Richardson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Davis (Yeovil Town).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 4, Yeovil Town 1. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Byron Webster.

Attempt missed. Joel Grant (Yeovil Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Davis.

Booking

Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joe Ralls (Yeovil Town).

Attempt saved. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

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

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

Jason Steele (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kieffer Moore (Yeovil Town).

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Liam Davis (Yeovil Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Yeovil Town. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

goal

As It Stood

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15Middlesbrough11263-112
16Doncaster10334-212
17Wigan8323311
18Millwall11326-1111
19Birmingham11317-210
20Bolton11155-98
21Charlton10145-67
22Sheff Wed10064-66
23Yeovil11128-125
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