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Middlesbrough 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Matthew Upson

Matthew Upson's late header inflicted a first home defeat on Middlesbrough since the opening day as Brighton moved to within two points of the Championship play-off places.

Brighton had chances in the first half as Ashley Barnes' header hit the post.

But Boro could have gone ahead when Upson cleared off the line before Lukas Jutkiewicz fired wide.

Against the run of play, Brighton then won a disputed corner with Upson heading in four minutes from time.

It meant Brighton boss Oscar Garcia won the battle of the Championship's Spanish managers with Aitor Karanka's Boro side now three points above the relegation zone, having won one of their last seven matches.

Barnes' early header came amid several opportunities for the visitors, with Middlesbrough goalkeeper Shay Given preventing an own goal by Jonathan Woodgate immediately afterwards.

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Nathan Jones: Brighton coach after Middlesbrough victory

David Lopez could not find a way past Given either.

Mustapha Carayol's 20-yard shot was saved by Brighton stopper Peter Brezovan after 26 minutes, and it led to a change in fortunes as Jutkiewicz failed to test the visiting goalkeeper from George Friend's cross.

Further chances came and went for Grant Leadbitter, Friend, Carayol and Jutkiewicz.

But Brighton snatched the points when Upson connected with a downward header that bounced up and inside the post.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"Of course I am angry. We are giving gifts to our opponents in every game.

"I can't believe it. It is the same thing again. It is not normal to play so many games when you are probably better than your opponents but you do not get the points.

"It is always a lack of concentration. It cannot continue in this way. Here we are again after five games now saying the same things.

"All we can do is work hard. The biggest problem though is focus. My hope is that in the next games the players concentrate until the very last minute."

Brighton & Hove Albion assistant head coach Nathan Jones:

"All three points are big, especially in this league. To come away here and get three points is massive.

"We had to grind it out. We weren't fluent in anything, we had to shore it up but we made positive substitutions to try and win the game.

"Seriously, I cant say how big a win this is. It keeps our momentum going."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forWilliamsat 89'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 39WoodgateSubstituted forGibsonat 45'minutes
  • 26Ayala
  • 27Adomah
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9JutkiewiczSubstituted forMainat 73'minutes
  • 6Butterfield
  • 19Carayol

Substitutes

  • 5Richardson
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 14Williams
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Main
  • 33Smallwood
  • 38Haroun

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2Bruno
  • 17WardSubstituted forCalderónat 75'minutes
  • 38Ince
  • 6El-Abd
  • 20UpsonBooked at 70mins
  • 8Crofts
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 9BarnesSubstituted forUlloaat 83'minutes
  • 21D LópezSubstituted forLua Luaat 60'minutes
  • 23Conway

Substitutes

  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 14Calderón
  • 19Ulloa
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
13,635

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Peter Brezovan.

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Luke Williams replaces Rhys Williams.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Ashley Barnes.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bruno.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

Craig Conway (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Stephen Ward.

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

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

Booking

Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bruno.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Substitution

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

Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Bridcutt.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Shay Given.

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