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Middlesbrough 3-0 Reading

Middlesbrough eased to a convincing win against play-off hopefuls Reading.

Albert Adomah drilled in an early opener for Boro and Grant Leadbitter added a second before the break.

The Royals' job became harder when defender Kaspars Gorkss was sent off early in the second half after receiving a second yellow card.

Leadbitter scored his second from the penalty spot in the final 10 minutes when Reading centre-back Alex Pearce fouled Emmanuel Ledesma in the box.

The result was the third Championship loss in a row for the Royals during a disappointing Christmas period, following previous defeats by Leicester and Wigan. Those results have seen them drop to ninth, a point adrift of the play-off positions.

Conversely, Middlesbrough have excelled in the festive season, winning games against Burnley and Millwall to stretch away from the relegation zone.

Boro's superior form showed from the start, with Adomah firing in after receiving a Lukas Jutkiewicz nod down in the 12th minute. A second followed before the interval as Leadbitter hammered home from 25 yards.

The Royals' fightback at the start of the second period was dealt a serious blow as Gorkss fouled Ledesma to collect a second booking.

Initially undaunted by the setback, Garath McCleary and Billy Sharp went close before the hosts regained control of the match.

After Adomah shot narrowly over, Boro sealed another triumph for head coach Aitor Karanka when Leadbitter slotted home from 12 yards after Ledesma was felled.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

"I am not getting carried away yet. It is important for a team to win two or three games in a row. It gives you momentum and moves you up the table.

"But if anyone thinks that gives us anything they are wrong. We have won nothing yet.

"I still want more from my team, from individuals and from the group, there is still room to improve. It shows that we are capable of winning games and playing well, now we have to work harder to do that every game."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"We have not been anywhere near good enough today, we can't hide from that fact. We started brightly but Middlesbrough countered well to score the first and I'm a bit disappointed with some of the decisions from the referee.

"Kaspars Gorkss has been sent off and I'm not sure the first was a booking and for the second he didn't even touch the player. Was there a foul in the build-up to the second? Maybe. And the penalty seemed a bit harsh too.

"But no excuses, we weren't good enough to be where we want to be and that is pushing for the Premier League. We know we need to strengthen in January and we have had injuries but that performance was nowhere near good enough - and it's my responsibility to deal with it."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 74mins
  • 26Ayala
  • 22Gibson
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forButterfieldat 88'minutes
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 90mins
  • 9JutkiewiczSubstituted forMainat 63'minutes
  • 10EmnesBooked at 75minsSubstituted forCarayolat 81'minutes
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 4Williams
  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 19Carayol
  • 23Main
  • 33Smallwood

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 24Cummings
  • 23Williams
  • 5PearceBooked at 81mins
  • 17GorkssBooked at 52mins
  • 12McClearySubstituted forKellyat 78'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 14SharpSubstituted forBlackmanat 70'minutes
  • 11McAnuffBooked at 88mins

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
16,001

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamReading
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home21
Away4
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Reading 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Reading 0.
Offside, Reading. Daniel Williams tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Booking

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.
Attempt saved. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but Curtis Main is caught offside.

Booking

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).
Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by József Varga.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Shay Given.
Attempt saved. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Attempt blocked. Nick Blackman (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Reading 0. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the yellow card.
Penalty conceded by Alex Pearce (Reading) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma draws a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol replaces Marvin Emnes because of an injury.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Kelly replaces Garath McCleary.
Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Guthrie (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Billy Sharp.
Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah.
Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marvin Emnes with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by József Varga.
Hand ball by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).
Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.
Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).
Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Hand ball by Garath McCleary (Reading).
Attempt missed. Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) for a bad foul.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Billy Sharp (Reading).
George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

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18Bolton23689-526
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