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Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading

Adam Forshaw
Adam Forshaw's late winner was only his second goal of the season

Substitute Adam Forshaw's stoppage-time winner carried Middlesbrough to the top of the Championship as they secured a dramatic victory over Reading.

Boro went in front when Emilio Nsue slotted home from close range after Ali al-Habsi thwarted Jordan Rhodes.

Simon Cox dinked in an equaliser when Dimi Konstantopoulos could not hold sub Andrew Taylor's powerful drive.

But the hosts went two points clear of Burnley at the summit when Forshaw turned home after a goalmouth scramble.

Aitor Karanka's side are now also four points ahead of third-placed Brighton in the race for automatic promotion, with all three sides having played 41 games.

Middlesbrough can now guarantee a place in the Premier League next season, for the first time in seven years, should they win four of their last five matches.

On a foggy night, the hosts started full of confidence after winning their previous four games, but they failed to build on Nsue's opener.

Albert Adomah missed a golden chance to double the lead soon after the break, before Cox levelled with what was only the seventh league goal Boro have conceded at home this season.

As Middlesbrough piled forward in the closing stages and went close through Ben Gibson and David Nugent headers, they almost paid for their attacking intent when Matej Vydra broke clear in added time, only to shoot over from inside the box.

And the home side took full advantage in the fourth added minute when Forshaw was on the spot to force the ball in from a tight angle.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka: "I am really pleased because we won the game, but when you are a coach, now my feelings are I am happier for the players than for me.

"They deserve to live this situation and now I am going home and I am going to dream about Bolton tonight.

"When you are a coach, you enjoy it especially with players like them, who are doing their best every single day."

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McDermott and reporter have tense interview

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It should have been three points. We had a chance at the end there and just didn't score, and they punished us at the other end.

"At 1-0 down after 10 minutes, it's never an easy place to get a result here, as everybody is proving this year, so I think we have given them as good a game as anyone has given them this year."

Emilio Nsue
Equatorial Guinea international Emilio Nsue's opener was his third goal of the season for Middlesbrough

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 5de Laet
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forForshawat 59'minutes
  • 24NsueSubstituted forRamírezat 67'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 27Adomah
  • 9RhodesSubstituted forNugentat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10De Pena
  • 16de Sart
  • 21Ramírez
  • 25Agazzi
  • 26Kalas
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent

Reading

  • 26Al Habsi
  • 2GunterSubstituted forMcClearyat 18'minutes
  • 5McShane
  • 35CooperBooked at 57mins
  • 11ObitaSubstituted forA Taylorat 45'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 6Norwood
  • 23Williams
  • 17PiazonSubstituted forJohnat 59'minutes
  • 7Vydra
  • 21Quinn
  • 31Cox

Substitutes

  • 1Bond
  • 3A Taylor
  • 4Evans
  • 8Hector
  • 10Rakels
  • 12McCleary
  • 20John
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
23,746

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamReading
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home23
Away14
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Reading 1.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Reading 1. Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton following a corner.

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent with a cross.

Offside, Reading. Stephen Quinn tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

Attempt saved. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. David Nugent replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Garath McCleary (Reading) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matej Vydra.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ola John with a cross.

Simon Cox (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Stephen Quinn (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Andrew Taylor (Reading) is shown the yellow card.

Jake Cooper (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ali Al Habsi.

Attempt saved. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Andrew Taylor.

Attempt saved. Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Gastón Ramírez replaces Nsue.

Foul by Garath McCleary (Reading).

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

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Friend with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jake Cooper.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Ola John replaces Lucas Piazon.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Oliver Norwood.

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough41257957263182
2Burnley412214564333180
3Brighton412115558391978
4Hull4020101056292770
5Derby411913960382270
6Sheff Wed411814960411968
7Cardiff411615105244863
8Ipswich411612134747060
9Birmingham411611144641559
10Preston411414133939056
11QPR411316125248455
12Wolves411314144852-453
13Brentford40157185761-452
14Reading411312164648-251
15Leeds411215144150-951
16Blackburn411114163940-147
17Fulham411114166367-447
18Bristol City411211184564-1947
19Huddersfield411210195459-546
20Nottm Forest411113173643-746
21Rotherham41137215164-1346
22MK Dons41910223459-2537
23Charlton41812213772-3536
24Bolton41414233876-3826
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