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Middlesbrough 2-0 Fulham

Albert Adomah
Adomah scored his second goal of the Championship season against Fulham

Middlesbrough beat Fulham to extend their unbeaten league run to six games.

Adam Reach broke the deadlock 45 seconds into the second half, stabbing in from close range.

Fulham were looking for a fourth consecutive win under caretaker manager Kit Symons but chances from Tim Hoogland and Lasse Vigen Christensen were not taken.

And Albert Adomah tucked home a second goal in the 82nd minute to make sure of a Boro victory.

Symons had improved the fortunes of struggling Fulham - the former Premier League side had taken just one point from their first seven games of the season under former boss Felix Magath.

But they were undone by an in-form Boro side, who climbed up to fifth in the table with their sixth win in 11 outings.

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Symons on Middlesbrough v Fulham

In an unremarkable first half, the hosts had the best chance to break the deadlock when Adomah's shot, from a Ryan Fredericks centre, hit the inside of the bar and bounced out.

But the game came alive immediately after the break when Lee Tomlin's overhead kick fell to Reach to poke home. and the Boro midfielder nearly doubled his tally moments later only to be denied by the crossbar.

Fulham then enjoyed their best spell of the match, Hoogland's header hitting the woodwork before Christensen's shot was blocked on the line by Boro defender Daniel Ayala.

There was another reprieve for the home defenders when Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega blazed over after a long ball from George Williams.

But a superb passing move from the hosts saw Spanish striker Kike supply Adomah, who swept the ball in to double Middlesbrough's tally.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "I'm very happy with our position in the table and pleased because our performance was very good.

"We played against a very good team, who are working well with the new manager and will be in a high position at the end of the season.

"This team is improving every single day. One point off the top? I want to be in that position at the end of the season - that's my job."

Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons: "Conceding after a few seconds of the second half didn't help the cause. But we had three gilt-edged chances at 1-0 and at least one would have gone in on another day.

"I will just keep going and carry on. I've done several different roles at this club and done each to the best of my ability. I will do this one as long as is required."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5FredericksBooked at 18mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 22Omeruo
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27Adomah
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forVossenat 67'minutes
  • 20ReachSubstituted forNsueat 90+4'minutes
  • 9KikeSubstituted forWhiteheadat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 14Williams
  • 18Whitehead
  • 21Vossen
  • 24Nsue
  • 33Wildschut
  • 46Blackman

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2Hoogland
  • 6Bodurov
  • 33BurnBooked at 64mins
  • 5AmorebietaSubstituted forSmithat 78'minutes
  • 8Parker
  • 21Christensen
  • 3StafylidisSubstituted forWilliamsat 59'minutes
  • 10RuizSubstituted forRobertsat 70'minutes
  • 20Rodallega
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 9Smith
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 32Kavanagh
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
16,201

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jelle Vossen.

Attempt blocked. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Ayala with a headed pass.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Attempt saved. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead replaces Kike.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kike following a fast break.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Friend.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Fernando Amorebieta because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) because of an injury.

Delay in match Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by George Williams.

Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

goal

As It Stood

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4Derby115511910920
5Middlesbrough11623168820
6Charlton114701410419
7Wolves115421411319
8Ipswich10532148618
9Sheff Wed11452118317
10Brentford115241516-117
11Bournemouth114341614215
12Blackburn114341618-215
13Reading114341517-215
14Leeds114341113-215
15Cardiff113441314-113
16Millwall113351013-312
17Rotherham11335913-412
18Huddersfield113351220-812
19Brighton112541012-211
20Birmingham112541218-611
21Wigan112451214-210
22Fulham112181222-107
23Blackpool11137614-86
24Bolton11128821-135
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