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Norwich City 0-1 Middlesbrough

Norwich v Middlesbrough
Albert Adomah claimed the goal but the ball had already crossed the line from Alex Tettey's header

Middlesbrough moved back to the top of the Championship table with an edgy win over fellow promotion-chasers Norwich.

With Bournemouth and Watford in action on Saturday, Boro seized the chance to put the pressure on the chasing pack and move a point clear of the Cherries.

The visitors capitalised on a strong start, forcing Alex Tettey to flick into his own net from a corner.

Norwich dominated in the second half but are now two points off the top with two games to play.

The Canaries are guaranteed a play-off spot but automatic promotion is now out of their hands.

Boro are not yet assured of promotion, with Bournemouth and Watford still in contention for the top two spots.

They survived seven minutes of injury time and an onslaught from the home side to leave Carrow Road with a crucial victory.

Albert Adomah claimed the decisive goal but the ball had already crossed the line from Tettey's flicked header from a corner.

Despite Norwich's second-half dominance they failed to register a single shot on target, due largely to an obdurate defensive display from the Boro back line.

The Canaries' best chance came in the opening period when Jonny Howson missed the target with a free header from six yards out.

The impressive Patrick Bamford spurned good chances in both halves for the visitors and could have killed the game off in the closing stages but stabbed wide when clean through.

Norwich City remaining games: 25 April - Rotherham United (away), 2 May - Fulham (home).

Middlesbrough remaining games: 25 April - Fulham (away), 2 May - Brighton (home).

Norwich manager Alex Neil:

"The play-offs look most likely for us now but you never know in football. What we have to do is refocus and win the next two games.

"I thought the first 15 minutes cost us the match. Ultimately we didn't really do enough.

"Once they scored, we were the dominant team but Middlesbrough defended well. We had chances but we'd have liked to have had more."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"We don't have players in the same numbers as Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth. We have to be consistent because we do not have so many strikers and not so many goals as the other teams. This win is absolutely vital for us.

"We have two games and we have to wait for a mistake from Bournemouth or Watford. We have won the first one of the three and now we have to win the last two. But for now I am very proud of my players.

"We have 25 players who fight for every single ball and when they play their best they deserve to be in the Premier League for sure.

"A lot of their players played in the Premier League last season but some of ours came from League One and League Two. I'm very proud of the whole team. We did our job but now we have to wait."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Whittaker
  • 5Martin
  • 30Bassong
  • 23OlssonBooked at 74mins
  • 8Howson
  • 27Tettey
  • 41DorransSubstituted forGrabbanat 62'minutes
  • 4JohnsonSubstituted forHooperat 78'minutes
  • 14HoolahanBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRedmondat 78'minutes
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 7Grabban
  • 11Hooper
  • 22Redmond
  • 24Bennett
  • 26Rudd
  • 28O'Neil
  • 39Odjidja-Ofoe

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 75mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27AdomahBooked at 64mins
  • 21VossenSubstituted forForshawat 60'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forAmorebietaat 90+2'minutes
  • 23BamfordSubstituted forKikeat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20Reach
  • 24Nsue
  • 29Amorebieta
  • 34Forshaw
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
26,993

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home14
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich City).

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

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Fernando Amorebieta replaces Lee Tomlin.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Patrick Bamford.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Tomlin with a through ball.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Nathan Redmond replaces Wes Hoolahan.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Bradley Johnson.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Whittaker.

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Booking

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

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough442591065333284
2Bournemouth432411890434783
3Watford432571187493882
4Norwich4424101083453882
5Derby4321121078463275
6Ipswich4321111167491874
7Brentford432181471571471
8Wolves4320111264531171
9Blackburn421514135652459
10Nottm Forest431513156662458
11Sheff Wed431416133944-558
12Charlton431318125255-357
13Cardiff431413165258-655
14Birmingham421315145163-1254
15Leeds431410194758-1152
16Huddersfield431313175269-1752
17Bolton431311195261-950
18Reading421211194464-2047
19Brighton431016174350-746
20Fulham431210215576-2146
21Rotherham431014194365-2244
22Millwall42912213767-3039
23Wigan43812233759-2236
24Blackpool43413263487-5325
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