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Middlesbrough 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Albert Adomah
Albert Adomah scored his fourth goal of the season

Middlesbrough kept pace with Derby at the top of the Championship as Albert Adomah's first-half goal earned a 1-0 victory over visitors Bolton.

The Ghanaian midfielder fired in his fourth goal of the season from Lee Tomlin's measured pass.

Liam Feeney could have equalised late on for Neil Lennon's side but directed his header wide from six yards out.

The result extends Bolton's losing streak to three matches and leaves them 19th in the table.

It was a stuttering performance from Boro, though they did go close to a late equaliser when Tomlin struck the crossbar with a free-kick.

Aitor Karanka's side had taken just one point from their previous two matches and they were lucky not to concede an early goal when Ryan Fredericks' poor backpass played in Emile Heskey.

Middlesbrough's win means they are now three points clear of third-placed Ipswich and remain two points behind Derby.

Bolton are just six points above the relegation zone after a poor recent run, having conceded 14 goals in their last five matches.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "Four days ago, I was saying we had played one of our best games and lost [against Leeds]. Today, we have played one of our worst games since I have been here, but we have won.

"We have fixed one part of our mistakes, and that is the defensive errors. But now we have to fix the attacking mistakes as well because it is not possible to finish the games with a win when we have problems like this."

Bolton manager Neil Lennon: "I felt we definitely deserved something from the game. Boro were the better team in the first half but we were infinitely superior in the second half and had a few chances.

"It was a huge improvement on the weekend [when Bolton lost 4-1 at Nottingham Forest], and gives me a lot of encouragement going forward.

"The reaction from that result was excellent and Emile Heskey made a huge difference. I am disappointed we couldn't get something out of the game."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5Fredericks
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8Clayton
  • 20ReachSubstituted forForshawat 76'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 27Adomah
  • 23BamfordSubstituted forKikeat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 18Whitehead
  • 19Carayol
  • 22Omeruo
  • 33Wildschut
  • 34Forshaw
  • 40Mejias

Bolton

  • 13Amos
  • 25VelaBooked at 45mins
  • 31Wheater
  • 14DerviteBooked at 67mins
  • 3Moxey
  • 47JankoBooked at 68minsSubstituted forLe Fondreat 83'minutes
  • 18DannsBooked at 82mins
  • 29Bannan
  • 7Feeney
  • 22GudjohnsenSubstituted forCloughat 71'minutes
  • 19HeskeyBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 9Le Fondre
  • 27Twardzik
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 40Clough
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 45Slavchev
  • 52Walker
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
16,569

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Booking

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Attempt blocked. David Wheater (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

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

Foul by Zach Clough (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Kike (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Attempt blocked. Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emile Heskey with a headed pass.

Dangerous play by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Hand ball by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Adam Le Fondre replaces Saidy Janko.

Booking

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Barry Bannan (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Patrick Bamford.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Adam Reach.

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Dangerous play by Josh Vela (Bolton Wanderers).

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby33198666333365
2Middlesbrough33189650222863
3Ipswich33179754342060
4Bournemouth32178766353159
5Norwich33178864372759
6Watford331851066402659
7Brentford331841153431058
8Wolves3315994640654
9Nottm Forest321111105147444
10Blackburn331111114344-144
11Sheff Wed331013102832-443
12Huddersfield33119134453-942
13Cardiff331011123944-541
14Leeds33118143442-841
15Reading33117153649-1340
16Charlton33815103443-939
17Birmingham33912123850-1239
18Brighton33813123842-437
19Bolton33107164153-1237
20Fulham33106174458-1436
21Rotherham33713133249-1734
22Millwall33710162951-2231
23Wigan33510182846-1825
24Blackpool33410192865-3722
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