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Middlesbrough 2-0 Burton Albion

Britt Assombalonga scores against Burton
Middlesbrough had scored just once in their opening two matches

Middlesbrough's record signing Britt Assombalonga scored his first goals for the club as Garry Monk's side beat Burton Albion at the Riverside.

The £15m summer signing from Nottingham Forest fired home in the first half from Rudy Gestede's pass.

He then slotted in his second after the break, following up after Gestede's shot was saved.

Burton substitute Hope Akpan was sent off for a lunging challenge in the 78th minute.

Victory for Boro made it back-to-back home wins, while Nigel Clough's Burton remain without a point after three games.

Boro have spent about £30m on strikers this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, with Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite and Ashley Fletcher all moving to Teesside.

Assombalonga, the second most expensive player in Championship history, is the first of that trio to open their account this season.

The 24-year-old finished excellently at the near post for his first goal and showed a striker's instinct for his second to react first and put away the rebound.

Assombolanga could have had his second much earlier, but he shot horribly wide when one-on-one with Burton goalkeeper Stephen Bywater just after half-time.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk: "It's always good to put back-to-back wins together.

"Overall, I didn't think we started too well and gave Burton a little bit too much confidence but once we got that first goal we stepped it up a gear. We are playing in patches at the moment, but we look incredibly dangerous in those good patches.

"We are striving for a complete performance, but it's still early days. It's nice to be winning when we are striving for that."

Burton manager Nigel Clough: "We are delighted with how they played. We can take so much encouragement from that.

"We kept going and I thought, considering the opposition and the team we had, we played well."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 20Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 12mins
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forBakerat 61'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forTraoréat 77'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forFletcherat 83'minutes

Substitutes

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

Burton

  • 1Bywater
  • 15NaylorBooked at 70mins
  • 5McFadzean
  • 23Buxton
  • 14McCrory
  • 17SordellSubstituted forFlanaganat 69'minutes
  • 8LundBooked at 26mins
  • 7MurphySubstituted forAkpanat 65'minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 19Palmer
  • 11Dyer
  • 10AkinsSubstituted forVarneyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Flanagan
  • 16Varney
  • 21Akpan
  • 22Fox
  • 24Campbell
  • 25Barker
  • 26Sbarra
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
24,522

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBurton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away3
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Burton Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Burton Albion 0.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Matthew Lund (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Flanagan.

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a through ball.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Rudy Gestede.

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lloyd Dyer (Burton Albion).

Dismissal

Hope Akpan (Burton Albion) is shown the red card.

Foul by Hope Akpan (Burton Albion).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adama Traoré replaces Patrick Bamford.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

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

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Lewis Baker.

Booking

Tom Naylor (Burton Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Burton Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Tom Flanagan replaces Marvin Sordell.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Baker.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Luke Varney replaces Lucas Akins.

Substitution

Substitution, Burton Albion. Hope Akpan replaces Luke Murphy.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lewis Baker tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Baker replaces Adam Forshaw.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Burton Albion 0. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dael Fry.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Matthew Lund (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Buxton (Burton Albion).

Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

goal

As It Stood

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1Cardiff33006069
2Wolves33006249
3Ipswich33007439
4Middlesbrough32013126
5Nottm Forest32016516
6Leeds31203215
7Hull31117524
8Sunderland21104224
9QPR21103124
10Bristol City31116514
11Birmingham31112204
12Preston31111104
13Reading311134-14
14Derby311123-14
15Fulham30302203
16Barnsley310246-23
17Sheff Utd310213-23
18Bolton302134-12
19Sheff Wed201112-11
20Brentford301257-21
21Millwall301246-21
22Norwich201124-21
23Aston Villa301226-41
24Burton300317-60
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