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Summary

  1. Leeds hold on to beat Boro
  2. Early Mowatt goal enough for visitors
  3. Leeds keeper Silvestri makes flurry of saves
  4. Hosts have 27 shots on goal

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By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

Leeds move up to 11th after a fifth win in six league games, while Middlesbrough remain top of the Championship but only a point ahead of Bournemouth and Derby County, who play Brentford and Sheffield Wednesday respectively later on in the 15:00 GMT kick-offs.

It's time to sign off but what a game. See you later and enjoy the rest of the footie this afternoon.

Player reaction

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Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri speaking to Sky Sports: "I'm happy and lucky. But it was not just me, it was the whole team. We need to continue to play well."

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"A fantastic victory for Leeds, but it's a really disappointing result for Middlesbrough. That early goal rocked them and they seemed to panic a bit, I'm surprised by that. They never showed composure in the final third. Marco Silvestri made 10 good saves, but every single one you would have to say you would expect him to make. Maybe Leeds deserved it for their sheer effort."

FULL-TIME

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Inspired, resilient, hard-fought. Leeds showed all three to beat top-of-the-table Middlesbrough, who lose for the first time in 11 league games.

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One late chance for Boro as Albert Adomah has a sight on goal but, as has been the case so often in this match, Marco Silvestri saves. Adomah was offside anyway.

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Boro keeper Tomas Mejias races upfield for a later corner and goes up for the header but misses the ball as it goes out of play.

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Liam Cooper's first taste of the action is a yellow card for hauling Boro striker Patrick Bamford to the ground. The home side are back on the charge.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"Sometimes when one of your players gets a serious injury it can cause a bit of worry and slow a team's tempo. That appears to be the case here with Middlesbrough. Leeds will try to use up as much time as possible now, to kill the game off."

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Rather than Boro creating the chances, it's Leeds. Rodolph Austin strikes a powerful long range shot and keeper Tomas Mejias palms the effort over.

SUBSTITUTION

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Giuseppe Bellusci eventually hobbles off and is replaced by Liam Cooper.

Leeds centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci goes down clutching his hamstring before the fourth official signals nine minutes of added time.

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Middlesbrough striker Jelle Vossen is carried off on a stretcher and it looks like the home side will have to finish the game with 10 men as manager Aitor Karanka has already made his three substitutions.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"This is clearly a serious injury for Jelle Vossen. There are four medical staff around him at the moment. There is going to be a long delay and there is a worry for me because Vossen has not moved. We hope he is OK. He has been moved onto a stretcher but sadly this does look very serious.

"Middlesbrough have been looking more and more panicky with the ball as the game has gone on. They have been trying to force the issue rather than remaining calm and playing the same way they have all season, playing passes that aren't there, crosses that were never on."

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Middlesbrough have Jelle Vossen injured on the floor and having treatment.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

Rodolph Austin is through on the Boro goal but his shot is saved by Tomas Mejias. The Leeds midfielder appeared marginally offside but no flag was raised.

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When Leeds go forward they are creating decent chances but just can't take them. Another sees Sam Byram drive a ball across the area but Scott Wooton can't sort his feet out at the far post and puts an effort wide.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"We said earlier on that it might be one of those days for Middlesbrough. We're approaching the final 10 minutes now and you feel there won't be enough time for them to win this game, to score twice. They might get one back, but once you reach the last 10 and you're defending a lead, it's tin hats on, throw your body in the way. No matter how tired you are, it doesn't matter."

SUBSTITUTION

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It's a last throw of the dice by Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka as he throws on Adam Forshaw for Grant Leadbitter.

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Opta Joe: 16 - No side has scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of Championship games this season than Middlesbrough (16).

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"What a challenge from Sol Bamba. He stopped a certain goal there, but you can tell the Leeds players are starting to tire. That is to be expected, they have been working so hard to defend this lead. Now there is a dilemma for Neil Redfearn. Does he risk disrupting the game to bring on fresh legs? Or does he let these players soldier on until the end?"

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A lovely Boro move gets Kike through on goal and the Spaniard looks set to score only for Sol Bamba to stretch out one of his long legs to block the shot. Great defending.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"Another shot from Middlesbrough, another shot from Marco Silvestri. The home side continue to press but they cannot find a way back into this game. If Middlesbrough score it will give them such a boost that you can see them going on to win the game. But if Leeds can last out until 80 minutes you feel they will hang on. They are really up against it though. The runs of Rodolph Austin (see 60 mins) have done such a huge favour for the away side, giving the defence a chance to rest."

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Boro striker Jelle Vossen cuts inside and tries to curl a low shot into the corner but Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri anticipates and palms the effort away. The amount of saves Silvestri is making is getting silly now. Impressive, but silly.

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Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford comes on for Emilio Nsue. Bamford salvaged an equaliser in midweek at Birmingham. Can he again come to his side's rescue?

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If it's not Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri, it's Leeds centre-back Sol Bamba. It looks like Boro are in again only for the big man to block Kike's shot.

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The more Boro chase an equaliser the more space it leaves for Leeds and Lewis Cook almost makes the most of it by playing a long diagonal ball into the run of Rodolph Austin only for Boro keeper Tomas Mejias to crucially come out and intercept the ball.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"Another glorious chance for Leeds massively against the run of play. Is this going to be one of those games for Middlesbrough? They have had all the possession but the shots they have had have so far all been easy to stop. Neil Redfearn is desperate for that second goal. Because if Leeds concede one before 80 minutes they will concede two, but if they can get the next goal the win is there for them."

SUBSTITUTION

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Boro boss Aitor Karanka brings on Lee Tomlin for Adam Reach as his side continue to push for an equaliser.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

A ball over the top of Boro's defence almost lets Leeds striker Steve Morison in on goal but home keeper Tomas Mejias quickly comes out of his goal to clear the danger.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

I'm probably getting as tired of writing Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri's name as Boro are of the Italian's saves. The latest players from the home side to be denied by Silvestri are Kike and Albert Adomah as they have shots well-saved by the stopper.

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Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"Football is an incredible game sometimes isn't it? Boro have created all the chances but the best two have fallen to Leeds. The worry for the home side is that when a goalkeeper is making save after save, he can become unbeatable. Marco Silvestri has been playing well for Leeds but everything has been saveable so far.

"Boro have had plenty of chances but they have snatched at things. Going behind seems to have rattled them, and Aitor Karanka will have told his players to keep their composure."

HITS THE WOODWORK

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Leeds defender Scott Wootton gets on the end of a cross only to see his header come back off the crossbar with Boro keeper Tomas Mejias rooted to the spot.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

It's like the first half never ended. Boro are immediately back on the attack and striker Kike makes room for a low shot which looks set for the far post before Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri palms it wide.

KICK-OFF

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The action is back under way again for the second half at the Riverside.

Can Leeds stopper Marco Silvestri keep up his heroics and continue to deny Boro? Only one way to find out.

Leeds keeper Marco Silvestri
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HALF-TIME

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Leeds fans - do you remember Dave Hockaday? He wasn't your manager for long but one things he did in his time in charge was steer your side to a win over Middlesbrough in the reverse fixture last August.

It was Hockaday's first Championship victory and came courtesy of Billy Sharp's late winner when Tomas Mejias was again Boro's keeper.

HALF-TIME

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How are Leeds winning this one? Boro have battered them in that first half but can't find a way past Marco Silvestri.

Middlesbrough 0-1 Leeds Utd

Former Middlesbrough & Leeds defender Danny Mills

BBC Radio 5 live at the Riverside Stadium

"Aitor Karanka has to get his team to just calm down and not panic. Middlesbrough have to concentrate on playing their own game. Neil Redfearn meanwhile, he will be encouraging his side to get up the park a bit more with the ball. To hold it a bit better and give the players a chance to rest defensively. But Leeds could have been 2-0 up if they'd taken that chance at the end of the half."

HALF-TIME

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It's half-time at the Riverside and Leeds go in shaking their heads that they didn't extend their lead. Souleymane Bamba gets on the end of a corner but sends his header wide of the far post from eight yards. Great chance.

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Talk about close. Kike is threw on goal but the linesman's flag saves Leeds and replays show the decision was right - just.