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Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Patrick Bamford (centre) is congratulated after scoring
Patrick Bamford is on loan at Middlesbrough from Chelsea
  • Boro up to third in the table
  • Sixth home win in a row
  • Bamford scores 17th league goal
  • Wolves three points off play-offs

Middlesbrough maintained their push for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a hard-earned win over high-flying rivals Wolves.

Boro raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening 11 minutes, Jelle Vossen side-footing the first from close range following Patrick Bamford's pass.

Bamford added the second when full-back Tomas Kalas ghosted into the box before squaring for the striker to lash home.

Wolves pulled a goal back when Bakary Sako broke in the box and scored.

REMAINING GAMES
MiddlesbroughWolves
17 April: Norwich City (away)18 April: Ipswich (home)
25 April: Fulham (away)25 April: Wigan (away)
2 May: Brighton (home)2 May: Millwall (home)

The win lifts Boro to third in the Championship table, above Watford who play on Wednesday at Nottingham Forest. Wolves are three points off the top six.

The Teesside club are one point outside the automatic promotion places with three matches remaining.

They travel to second-placed Norwich on Friday for a game which could have huge consequences in the race for automatic promotion.

Middlesbrough then face lowly Fulham on 25 April before finishing their league campaign at home to struggling Brighton on 2 May.

Middlesbrough v Wolves
Wolves have lost back to back games for the first time in 2015

Boro boss Aitor Karanka had to endure several anxious moments before victory was confirmed against Wolves but the Spaniard will be pleased with his side's lightning start.

They were ahead after three minutes when Chelsea loanee Bamford selflessly pulled the ball back for Vossen to fire past Carl Ikeme.

Boro who found the net again after 11 minutes when Czech full-back Kalas - also on loan from Stamford Bridge - ghosted into the right side of the box before squaring for Bamford to score.

Wolves pulled a goal back when Edwards picked out Sako with a long ball across field, and the Mali international broke into the box before thumping a left-footed effort past Dimi Konstantopoulos.

The visitors should have levelled midway through the second half when substitute Scott Golbourne picked out Rajiv van La Parra in space at the back post, but his first-time effort rattled the bar.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "We're third with three games to go and this was the aim at the beginning of the season.

"The first half was amazing, we played very well. But in the second half they showed they're a strong team. Now we have to rest and to learn from the last three or four games, and get ready for Friday night.

"We made mistakes and we can't make these mistakes if we want to be a Premier League team."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "We played against a ruthless Middlesbrough side, in both boxes. Again defensively we need to improve.

"Middlesbrough are very good, they have the best defensive record in the league, but we're disappointed with the goals against. We fought back and all the way to the end, but it was Boro's night.

"But that fighting spirit and that effort is something we have to continue with and that we need in the last three games."

Middlesbrough v Wolves
Middlesbrough have not been in the Premier League since 2009

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 39WoodgateSubstituted forOmeruoat 62'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 89mins
  • 34Forshaw
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forAmorebietaat 80'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 23Bamford
  • 21VossenSubstituted forNsueat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 11Ledesma
  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 22Omeruo
  • 24Nsue
  • 29Amorebieta

Wolves

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33Iorfa
  • 6BatthBooked at 38mins
  • 5StearmanBooked at 25mins
  • 30HauseSubstituted forGolbourneat 45'minutes
  • 11McDonald
  • 19PriceSubstituted forDickoat 63'minutes
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forJacobsat 77'minutes
  • 4EdwardsBooked at 89mins
  • 10SakoBooked at 45mins
  • 12Afobe

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 7Henry
  • 16Doyle
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 27Jacobs
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 40Dicko
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
20,520

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home17
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Fernando Amorebieta with a headed pass.

Foul by Dominic Iorfa (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Booking

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

Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Friend.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Fernando Amorebieta replaces Albert Adomah because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Michael Jacobs replaces Rajiv van La Parra.

Attempt missed. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Rajiv van La Parra.

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Jelle Vossen.

Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Scott Golbourne with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nouha Dicko.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin McDonald.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dominic Iorfa.

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nouha Dicko replaces Jack Price.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kenneth Omeruo replaces Jonathan Woodgate because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth432411890434783
2Norwich432410983443982
3Middlesbrough432491064333181
4Watford422471184483679
5Derby4321121078463275
6Ipswich4321111167491874
7Brentford432181471571471
8Wolves4320111264531171
9Blackburn421514135652459
10Nottm Forest421513146559658
11Sheff Wed431416133944-558
12Charlton431318125255-357
13Cardiff431413165258-655
14Birmingham421315145163-1254
15Leeds431410194758-1152
16Huddersfield431313175269-1752
17Bolton431311195261-950
18Reading421211194464-2047
19Brighton431016174350-746
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham421013194264-2243
22Millwall42912213767-3039
23Wigan43812233759-2236
24Blackpool43413263487-5325
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