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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Middlesbrough

Albert Adomah

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.

Oscar Garcia

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Oscar Garcia: Brighton coach after Middlesbrough defeat

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."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Bruno
  • 17Ward
  • 4Andrews
  • 3Greer
  • 20Upson
  • 38InceSubstituted forMarchat 73'minutes
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forLua Luaat 59'minutes
  • 19Ulloa
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forForster-Caskeyat 33'minutes
  • 35Lingard

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 9Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 14Calderón
  • 16Ankergren
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 27March

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 25OmeruoSubstituted forChalobahat 79'minutes
  • 22Gibson
  • 14Williams
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 28mins
  • 9Graham
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forButterfieldat 60'minutes
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forLedesmaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 6Butterfield
  • 11Ledesma
  • 24Chalobah
  • 28Morris
  • 29Kamara
  • 36Atkinson
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
27,486

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home5
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Middlesbrough 2.
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.
Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).
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.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bruno.
Attempt blocked. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson tries a through ball, but George Friend is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Albert Adomah.

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.
Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by George Friend.
Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).
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.
Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).
Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3826753785
2Burnley39221343179
3QPR39201091570
4Derby39209102469
5Wigan38189111463
6Reading391612111460
7Nottm Forest3914169858
8Ipswich39151311758
9Brighton38151112656
10Bournemouth39151014-255
11Watford381313121352
12Blackburn38131312-152
13Middlesbrough39111612649
14Sheff Wed39121215148
15Leeds3813817-647
16Huddersfield39121017-446
17Bolton39101514-545
18Doncaster39111018-2243
19Blackpool39101217-2142
20Birmingham39101019-1040
21Charlton3681117-2135
22Barnsley3881119-2735
23Millwall3971220-3233
24Yeovil3971121-2532
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