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Blackpool 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's Mustapha Carayol celebrates scoring his first goal against Blackpool with his team-mates

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.

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."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 12Bishop
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 75mins
  • 17Basham
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5MackenzieBooked at 68mins
  • 11Ince
  • 16Ferguson
  • 19FullerSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
  • 31MartínezSubstituted forCatonat 87'minutes
  • 27BarkhuizenSubstituted forEcclestonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 13Warner
  • 22Caton
  • 23Eccleston
  • 33Harris
  • 37Cameron
  • 38Waddington

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 26Ayala
  • 4Williams
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forButterfieldat 89'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9JutkiewiczSubstituted forMainat 81'minutes
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forCarayolat 61'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 5Richardson
  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 19Carayol
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Main
  • 33Smallwood
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
14,421

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home3
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.
Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. James Caton replaces Ángel.
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Curtis Main is caught offside.

Goal!

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Mustapha Carayol is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by George Friend.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

Booking

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.
Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Middlesbrough. Rhys Williams tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.
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.

Booking

Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).
Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Shay Given tries a through ball, but Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside.
Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Basham.
Foul by Thomas Ince (Blackpool).
George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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.

Substitution

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

Booking

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol replaces Marvin Emnes.
Delay in match Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a cross.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack Robinson.
Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.
Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Rhys Williams.
Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Bishop with a cross.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala tries a through ball, but Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma is caught offside.
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ángel.

Second Half

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 0.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen with a cross.
Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhys Williams.
Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Gilks tries a through ball, but Ricardo Fuller is caught offside.
goal

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19Sheff Wed245109-125
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