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Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United

Rudy Gestede
Rudy Gestede scored his third goal for Middlesbrough since joining from Aston Villa in January

Rudy Gestede's first-half header earned Garry Monk's Middlesbrough a home win over Sheffield United and their first points of the Championship season.

Gestede looped the ball over goalkeeper Jamal Blackman after the Blades had failed to clear Patrick Bamford's lofted pass into the penalty area.

The former Aston Villa man hit the post with another header before half-time.

Sheffield United, who won their opening match against Brentford, had a goal disallowed in stoppage time.

Jack O'Connell was adjudged to be offside when Dael Fry nodded a free-kick into his own net and, with that, the League One champions suffered their first defeat since 24 January.

Before the dramatic ending, the Blades' best attempt at goal was Paul Coutts' side-footed effort from 20 yards, which Darren Randolph palmed wide for a corner.

Gestede and Bamford were two of four additions to the Middlesbrough side beaten at Wolves seven days earlier, replacing summer signings Martin Braithwaite and Ashley Fletcher, and the pair repaid their manager's faith by combining for Boro's first league goal of the campaign.

The hosts also gave a debut to midfielder Lewis Baker, who played the final 23 minutes as a substitute after joining the club on loan from Chelsea on Friday.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 20Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 3FriendBooked at 72mins
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forLeadbitterat 84'minutes
  • 11Bamford
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forFletcherat 79'minutes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forBakerat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 2Fabio
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18Fletcher
  • 23Roberts
  • 30Baker
  • 37Traoré

Sheff Utd

  • 27Blackman
  • 6Basham
  • 19Stearman
  • 5O'Connell
  • 18FreemanSubstituted forBrooksat 79'minutes
  • 15Coutts
  • 44CarruthersSubstituted forDuffyat 57'minutes
  • 4Fleck
  • 3StevensBooked at 63mins
  • 10SharpSubstituted forEvansat 68'minutes
  • 9Clarke

Substitutes

  • 7Lundstram
  • 13Wright
  • 21Duffy
  • 24Lafferty
  • 31Eastwood
  • 32Evans
  • 36Brooks
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
26,876

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home19
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sheffield United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sheffield United 0.

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a set piece situation.

Paul Coutts (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Video Review:.

Offside, Sheffield United. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but Jack O'Connell is caught offside.

Jack O'Connell (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. David Brooks (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

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

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Sheffield United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

David Brooks (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ched Evans (Sheffield United).

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter replaces Adam Forshaw.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. David Brooks replaces Kieron Freeman.

Offside, Sheffield United. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but Kieron Freeman is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Baker.

Booking

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

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dael Fry tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Ched Evans (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack O'Connell.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ched Evans replaces Billy Sharp.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Baker replaces Rudy Gestede.

Richard Stearman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Kieron Freeman (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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