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Middlesbrough 3-2 Queens Park Rangers

Middlesbrough v QPR
The game threatened to boil over at times as both sides tried hard for the win

Middlesbrough twice came from behind to beat QPR to move within a point of the Championship play-off places.

David Wheeler gave Rangers the perfect start as he poked in for his first R's goal, before Lewis Baker levelled with his first Boro goal.

Substitute Jamie Mackie put QPR back in front as he charged down Darren Randolph's clearance to tap in.

But Ashley Fletcher restored parity with a header before Britt Assombalonga nodded in what proved to be the winner.

Boro have lost just one of their past eight games in all competitions and ensured an entertaining affair against a QPR side who have now seen 24 goals scored in their eight league matches.

They recovered well after the early goal, with a claim for a penalty for handball while Marvin Johnson went close before setting up Baker to make it 1-1.

Rangers' Alex Smithies made a good save in first-half stoppage time to deny Baker a second, but it was his Boro counterpart Randolph who helped Mackie make it 2-1 with a poor clearance into the Scotland international's chest.

Having restored the lead Fletcher, Assombalonga and Cyrus Christie all had chances for a fourth, but Boro nearly threw away two points late on when Pawel Wszolek hit the post.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"We had a good 25-minute period where we got our lead and if anything we should have extended it after that.

"In account of all that, we have had a hard week. There is always a debate in my mind, that freshness, physical side of it... should you change things?

"But they deserved to play in that game. Credit to those that did. It's an important trait to win when you are not at your best. We were clinical in the right areas at the right times."

QPR boss Ian Holloway:

"It was a fantastic game of football. As a neutral, that's what you want to see. After our early goal, they moved the ball and we knew they would.

"To be fair, I am scratching our head how we lost it. You have to say it's down to the changes Garry made - they had that on the bench.

"It's fine margins. We hit the post. Did the ball go out for their winner? That's the new QPR. I thought they gave me absolutely everything."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22ChristieBooked at 66mins
  • 20Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 2Fabio
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 39minsSubstituted forHowsonat 56'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 34minsSubstituted forFletcherat 45'minutes
  • 30BakerBooked at 66mins
  • 19DowningSubstituted forForshawat 78'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 21Johnson

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 5Shotton
  • 11Bamford
  • 16Howson
  • 18Fletcher
  • 34Forshaw

QPR

  • 1SmithiesBooked at 52mins
  • 2Furlong
  • 20Baptiste
  • 18Robinson
  • 3Bidwell
  • 21LuongoBooked at 32mins
  • 7Freeman
  • 14Manning
  • 36WheelerSubstituted forSyllaat 68'minutes
  • 17SmithSubstituted forMackieat 45'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 35Lua LuaSubstituted forWszolekat 45'minutesBooked at 47mins

Substitutes

  • 12Mackie
  • 16Borysiuk
  • 22Wszolek
  • 23N'Gbakoto
  • 26Lumley
  • 34Osayi-Samuel
  • 40Sylla
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
24,790

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Queens Park Rangers 2.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Darnell Furlong.

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

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Freeman with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Britt Assombalonga.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Alex Baptiste tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Massimo Luongo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jake Bidwell (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Pawel Wszolek (Queens Park Rangers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

Hand ball by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Alex Smithies.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Ben Gibson with a headed pass.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Pawel Wszolek.

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

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Queens Park Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie Mackie.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Idrissa Sylla replaces David Wheeler.

Booking

Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough).

Ryan Manning (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ben Gibson tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Darnell Furlong (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

goal

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