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Wolves 1-3 Middlesbrough

Diego Fabbrini
Middlesbrough forward Diego Fabbrini equalised with his fourth goal of the season

Middlesbrough came from a goal behind to beat Wolves and end a run of three Championship games without a win.

Wolves took the lead through a Dave Edwards header but Diego Fabbrini beat Emiliano Martinez with a low drive from the edge of the box to equalise.

The visitors went 2-1 up when Nathan Byrne fouled George Friend and Grant Leadbitter placed the resulting penalty into the corner.

Substitute Stewart Downing completed the turnaround with a late free-kick.

Wolves had won each of the past four fixtures between the two sides at Molineux and had the better of the first half.

Boro defender Tomas Kalas forced goalkeeper Martinez to tip the ball over the bar with a stinging drive, before Edwards capped off a flowing move for Wolves with a well-placed header from Scott Golbourne's deep cross.

The hosts continued on the front foot after the break, with Benik Afobe denied by a Daniel Ayala block before keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos was forced into a reaction save from James Henry's close-range half-volley.

Middlesbrough had failed to score in their previous three games but found the back of the net against the run of play when Fabbrini's shot went past Martinez's dive and into the bottom corner.

With legs tiring Friend drew a rash challenge from Byrne and Martinez could not add to his two penalty saves this season as Leadbitter found the net.

Downing summed up Middlesbrough's clinical nature when he curled a free-kick over the wall and into the top corner to condemn Wolves to a third straight Championship defeat.

Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Kenny Jackett:

"In the end Middlesbrough had too much for us. We showed a lot of endeavour but key injuries weakened us at just the wrong time when we needed our full energy.

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Jackett on Wolves v Middlesbrough

"We created many chances but Middlesbrough's defending was heroic even at the end when they have headed two off the line. In both boxes they had too much for us despite our endeavour and spirit which is very good.

"We have just conceded nine goals in three games and we do need to address that because that doesn't give you a chance to earn points and build up confidence."

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

"For me the main thing was the spirit that the players have shown on the pitch. In the second half I liked their attitude since the first second. At half-time I told them that we were not playing well.

"In the first half we needed to play calmer and I told them that at half-time because the attitude and intensity was really good. If we always play with this spirit we will only lose a few games.

"But again we have to play like that always and it was important to me after the last three games that we had the reaction that we had because the atmosphere was a little strange."

Line-ups

Wolves

  • 26Martinez
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 30HauseSubstituted forPriceat 52'minutes
  • 3Golbourne
  • 11McDonald
  • 16CoadyBooked at 36mins
  • 25ByrneSubstituted forOjoat 84'minutes
  • 4Edwards
  • 17van La ParraSubstituted forHenryat 61'minutes
  • 10AfobeBooked at 17mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ikeme
  • 7Henry
  • 12Wallace
  • 19Price
  • 20Ojo
  • 28Deslandes
  • 29Le Fondre

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 26KalasSubstituted forDowningat 59'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 5AmorebietaBooked at 59mins
  • 3FriendBooked at 49mins
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 24Nsue
  • 31FabbriniBooked at 55mins
  • 10De PenaBooked at 21minsSubstituted forAdomahat 69'minutesSubstituted forGibsonat 88'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 19Downing
  • 27Adomah
  • 33Maloney
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
22,006

Match Stats

Home TeamWolvesAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 3.

Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Attempt blocked. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Matt Doherty with a headed pass.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Golbourne.

Attempt missed. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dave Edwards.

Booking

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

Foul by Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough).

Sheyi Ojo (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 3. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt missed. Dave Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Batth with a headed pass.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

Attempt blocked. Jack Price (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson replaces Albert Adomah.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sheyi Ojo replaces Nathan Byrne.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 2. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Middlesbrough. George Friend draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Nathan Byrne (Wolverhampton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin McDonald tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.

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

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Attempt missed. Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Doherty.

Goal!

Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Middlesbrough 1. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Carlos De Pena.

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. James Henry (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Byrne with a cross.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Henry with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

goal

As It Stood

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2Hull137421981125
3Burnley137421812625
4Middlesbrough137332091124
5Derby136611810824
6Birmingham137331913624
7Reading136432012822
8Cardiff125521511420
9Sheff Wed135531816220
10QPR135442222019
11Fulham134542219317
12Brentford135261920-117
13Ipswich134541621-517
14Wolves134361820-215
15Huddersfield133551316-314
16Nottm Forest133551114-314
17Leeds132741217-513
18Blackburn132651214-212
19Preston132651013-312
20MK Dons133281219-711
21Bristol City122461522-710
22Charlton132471121-1010
23Rotherham132381524-99
24Bolton131661020-109
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