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Middlesbrough 2-1 Cardiff City

Pattrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford scored his ninth goal of the season for Boro

Middlesbrough survived a Cardiff scare to move second in the Championship.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford tucked in Adam Reach's cross from close range to edge Boro in front on 63 minutes.

Kike should have made it comfortable but put a headed chance wide, before Reach was once again the provider, squaring for Lee Tomlin to finish.

Cardiff's Kenwyne Jones headed in Joe Ralls' cross with five minutes left, but Boro, who have lost just once in 15 games, held on for the three points.

It was the second time in four days that Cardiff almost staged a late comeback, having lost 3-2 at Norwich on Saturday after being 3-0 down.

But Boro had just enough to come through an uninspiring contest and move above Ipswich on goal difference. They are now within one point of leaders Bournemouth, who lost 1-0 at Leeds United.

Cardiff have recorded just one win on the road, but they looked to contain a Middlesbrough side that had won their last three at the Riverside.

Boro created plenty of chances in the opening period, with George Friend heading wide a rare opportunity.

After the break Cardiff protested at referee Geoff Eltringham, with the visitors claiming Adam Clayton's tackle on Alex Revell was two-footed, but the midfielder was only shown a yellow card.

Eventually, Bamford scored his ninth of the season when Tomlin released Reach, who fired across for the youngster to stroke home.

Bamford then provided a cross that Kike should really have headed in, but Reach was once again racing to the by-line and was able to pick out Tomlin for Boro's second.

Aron Gunnarsson had already looped an effort wide as the Bluebirds looked to respond, and even though Jones became the first man to score past Middlesbrough since 20 December, Aitor Karanka's side lifted themselves into the automatic promotion spots.

Middlesbrough face Manchester City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday and manager Aitor Karanka said:

"I am looking forward to it. We are going to go to that game in the best shape. We have had six points from our last two games but it will be a very big challenge.

"They have one of the best squads in the league but sometimes surprises can happen."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade:

"Maybe the first goal was crucial and they got that. It was frustrating because we started the second half well and from a counter-attack they hurt us.

"I was pleased with the defensive set-up and we were much more compact. But, ultimately, we've come away from two away games with no points and that's frustrating."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 26KalasSubstituted forWhiteheadat 90+3'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 4Ayala
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 56mins
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 62mins
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forVossenat 85'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23Bamford
  • 20Reach
  • 9KikeSubstituted forAdomahat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Ledesma
  • 17Husband
  • 18Whitehead
  • 21Vossen
  • 27Adomah
  • 39Woodgate
  • 40Mejias

Cardiff

  • 33Moore
  • 2BrayfordBooked at 33mins
  • 36Morrison
  • 6Turner
  • 16Connolly
  • 18AdeyemiSubstituted forRallsat 77'minutes
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11NooneSubstituted forMachedaat 87'minutes
  • 40K Harris
  • 29RevellSubstituted forJonesat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Fabio
  • 9Jones
  • 10Le Fondre
  • 12John
  • 14Macheda
  • 21Ralls
  • 42Wilson
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
16,035

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 1.

Offside, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones tries a through ball, but Kadeem Harris is caught offside.

Booking

Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead replaces Tomas Kalas because of an injury.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by John Brayford.

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

Foul by Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Federico Macheda replaces Craig Noone.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 1. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Lee Tomlin.

Attempt saved. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 0. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Joe Ralls replaces Tom Adeyemi.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Kike.

Attempt blocked. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Noone.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Alex Revell because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Patrick Bamford with a cross.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Cardiff City 0. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Booking

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Attempt saved. Kadeem Harris (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth27156657282951
2Middlesbrough27148542182450
3Ipswich26148444242050
4Derby26146648252348
5Brentford2614484235746
6Watford26135849292044
7Norwich26127749321743
8Wolves2612773133-243
9Sheff Wed2691072123-237
10Blackburn269983635136
11Birmingham269893139-835
12Nottm Forest2681083536-134
13Cardiff2797113640-434
14Bolton2696112933-433
15Fulham2694133745-831
16Charlton2661372434-1031
17Huddersfield2687113445-1131
18Reading2686123142-1130
19Leeds2778122838-1029
20Brighton26511102733-626
21Rotherham26511102133-1226
22Millwall2658132544-1923
23Wigan2649132635-921
24Blackpool2638151943-2417
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