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Blackpool 1-2 Middlesbrough

Spanish striker Kike
Striker Kike joined from Spanish side Murcia

Middlesbrough moved to the top of the Championship after Kike headed a late winner against bottom side Blackpool.

The Spaniard met Lee Tomlin's cross in the 88th minute and his header dropped in over the line after clipping the underside of the bar.

Jonathan Woodgate had emphatically nodded in a corner in the 81st minute as the visitors took the lead.

Blackpool thought they had secured a draw when Ben Gibson turned the ball into his own net, before Kike struck.

Derby could only manage a 2-2 draw against Bournemouth, which meant Aitor Karanka's side moved to the summit for the first time this season as the Cherries slipped to second place.

Former Real Madrid defender Karanka took charge of the North East side in November 2013 and has overseen a 10-game unbeaten run, winning six.

Middlesbrough's rise to the top
Played: 30 Won: 17 Draw: 8 Lost: 5
For: 48 Against: 20 Points: 59

Lee Clark's Blackpool side could easily have gone ahead in the first 20 seconds as Charles Dunne cut in from the left, but his shot was collected by Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Middlesbrough almost took the lead after five minutes as Adam Clayton picked out Adam Forshaw with a free-kick, but his effort from six yards crept just wide.

Joe Lewis was called into action for Blackpool, saving low to his left from a Daniel Ayala header and then kept out Kike's effort with his feet.

The pressure from the visitors continued in the second half and they broke the deadlock on 81 minutes through veteran centre-back Woodgate, who headed in Grant Leadbitter's corner for his first goal since November 2012.

Blackpool equalised four minutes later when Gibson failed to deal with a cross into the area and could only head into his own goal, before Kike's late intervention won the points for Middlesbrough.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:

"We're frustrated and disappointed. You think when you equalise late in the game you're going to take a point from it.

"On a very tough pitch we've gone and matched Middlesbrough in every aspect of the game but I think it shows you the quality that their squad possesses.

"We're disappointed with the two goals. One from a corner and one from a throw in. We should do better than that.

"It's a frustrating night because we deserved a point. Whether we deserved a win is another matter but we deserved a point for the battling performance."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"We are working to stay top obviously, but this league is very difficult. It's hard to be in that position.

"There are all the teams that are going to be fighting in the same way like us but we have a very good squad and a very good atmosphere in the team. If we think everything is done now we are making a very big mistake.

"It was a massive win because in Spain we say that in these pitches is where you can achieve biggest success.

"It's been very important for us especially when we have played with six or seven different players, so it means the squad that I have is brilliant."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 6ClarkeBooked at 4mins
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18DunneSubstituted forMaherat 49'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 11Orlandi
  • 34Telford
  • 40CameronSubstituted forDelfounesoat 73'minutes
  • 9DaviesSubstituted forMadineat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Aldred
  • 3Maher
  • 12Rothwell
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 21Parish
  • 24Madine
  • 33Waddington

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 18WhiteheadSubstituted forLeadbitterat 60'minutes
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forGibsonat 51'minutes
  • 39Woodgate
  • 26Kalas
  • 8Clayton
  • 34Forshaw
  • 27Adomah
  • 21VossenSubstituted forTomlinat 81'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Tomlin
  • 11Ledesma
  • 22Omeruo
  • 23Bamford
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Chris Kavanagh
Attendance:
10,806

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Middlesbrough 2.

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Peter Clarke (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Telford (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Middlesbrough 2. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Perkins with a cross.

Goal!

Own Goal by Ben Gibson, Middlesbrough. Blackpool 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 1. Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Nathan Delfouneso.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin replaces Jelle Vossen.

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

Foul by Gary Madine (Blackpool).

Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

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

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool).

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Joe Lewis (Blackpool) 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.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but Jelle Vossen is caught offside.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Henry Cameron.

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dominic Telford (Blackpool).

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Jelle Vossen is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Kalas.

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a through ball following a fast break.

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

Foul by Dominic Telford (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter replaces Dean Whitehead.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Gary Madine replaces Steve Davies.

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough30178548202859
2Bournemouth30177664313358
3Derby30177658283058
4Ipswich30159648301854
5Watford30165959342553
6Brentford30164104639752
7Norwich30148857362150
8Wolves3013983838048
9Blackburn30119104040042
10Sheff Wed3091292328-539
11Birmingham30911103241-938
12Nottm Forest29910104042-237
13Bolton30107133744-737
14Reading30107133545-1037
15Huddersfield30107134052-1237
16Cardiff3099123743-636
17Leeds3098133240-835
18Fulham30105154353-1035
19Rotherham30712112938-933
20Charlton3061592841-1333
21Brighton30612123239-730
22Millwall3079142847-1930
23Wigan29410152739-1222
24Blackpool3048182356-3320
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