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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough a point behind leaders Brighton
  2. David Nugent fires Middlesbrough ahead
  3. Giuseppe Bellusci own goal doubles Boro's lead
  4. Mirco Antenucci goal disallowed for offside
  5. Diego Fabbrini makes it 3-0 after Sol Bamba slip

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By Phil Cartwright

All times stated are UK

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FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Stewart Downing
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So Middlesbrough close the gap at the top of the table to a single point. Leeds are left to count the cost of defensive errors and remain marooned in mid-table.

Steve Marshall's match report will make excellent reading for Boro fans.

Thanks for joining me today. Still want some more football? Well, our live text and radio coverage of Watford v Crystal Palace is under way now.

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@BBCSport Despite Leeds defending awfully and making stupid errors. Charlie Taylor at full back has been excellent for. @LUFC #bbcfootball

Leeds United ,the Mr Bean of the Championship! #bbcfootball #MIDDLESBROUGH #LEEDS

Player reaction

FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Middlesbrough striker David Nugent told Sky Sports: "We got off to a fast start against Forest (last weekend) and that seemed to help us out a little bit. Today we got the two early goals which gave us a nice lead.

"Leeds came back into it in the second half, they were the better team, but Diego Fabbrini killed it off with the third.

"We were grateful for that because Leeds were coming back into the game."

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Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Clayton told Sky Sports: "It was far from straight forward.

"Leeds passed the ball really well and caused us problems - more than other sides have here.

"It was a lively encounter and there were a few tackles flying in, but it was played in a good spirit and we're pleased to get the win."

FT: Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Some reaction on the way to Middlesbrough's 3-0 win over Leeds United...

FULL-TIME

Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Three defensive errors by Leeds, three Middlesbrough goals, three Middlesbrough points.

David Nugent netted the opener after 121 seconds and a comical own goal from Giuseppe Bellusci doubled Boro's lead before half-time.

Diego Fabbrini took advantage of Sol Bamba's slip to seal the win with nine minutes left.

Leeds will point to Mirco Antenucci's disallowed goal, with the score at 2-0, as a crucial moment in the match, but they were the masters of their own downfall at the back.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Into stoppage time now at the Riverside Stadium, of which there will be four minutes.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

A late change for Middlesbrough as Adam Forshaw replaces captain Grant Leadbitter in midfield.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Five minutes to go. We'll hopefully be able to bring you reaction from today's game just after full-time.

GOAL (Fabbrini)

Middlesbrough 3-0 Leeds United

Another Leeds mistake, another Middlesbrough goal, and Boro will get that fifth successive league win.

Leeds captain Sol Bamba slips as he attempts to play the ball out from the back, Diego Fabbrini accepts the gift and rounds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri before tucking the ball into the net.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

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Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are on course for a fifth straight league win.

As things stand, they'll go a point behind leaders Brighton and five points clear of Reading in third. Even at this early stage of the season, that's a decent cushion.

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Middlesbrough defender Daniel Ayala is booked for a late tackle from behind on Mirco Antenucci. A free-kick in a dangerous area for Leeds - Alex Mowatt is over it.

Straight into the wall, though. Another chance comes and goes.

Luke Murphy is on for Stuart Dallas for the visitors.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Albert Adomah's work is done - Middlesbrough bring on the more defensive minded Emilio Nsue.

An Equatorial Guinea international coming on for a Ghana international. I doubt that's happened very often in the Football League before.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Fair play to the Leeds fans, they have not shut up at all during this match. They're doing all they can to rouse their team, but the visitors are running out of time to chip away at that two-goal deficit.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

It's not Giuseppe Bellusci's day. The Leeds centre-back, scorer of a first-half own goal, tries a speculative pass out to the left touchline with the outside of his boot and succeeds only in finding the chest of Boro's Albert Adomah.

Boro substitute Diego Fabbrini then picks up a cheap yellow card for a cynical trip on near the halfway line.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

After Middlesbrough clear a corner, Boro midfielder Adam Clayton shows his combative side to earn a free-kick and ease some of the pressure on the hosts.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

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It's been a spirited second-half display, but Leeds are unable to find the breakthrough they need to get back into this one.

Middlesbrough appear content to soak up pressure and hit Leeds on the break, and they're doing it well thus far - Mirco Antenucci's disallowed goal apart.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Leeds bring on Souleymane Doukara in place of Jordan Botaka. Doukara will be more of a target man up front instead of Mirco Antenucci, who has moved into a wider position.

Chris Wood is injured and not involved for Leeds today.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Good defending by Leeds full-back Gaetano Berardi. With Stewart Downing sniffing around him, Berardi puts the ball behind for a corner.

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Kyle Utterson: Despite being two up Bamba of Leeds has had more shots on the Leeds goal than Boro have managed all game.

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That decision looks like it's fired Leeds up. Certainly Mirco Antenucci, who gave the referee's assistant a piece of his mind immediately after that goal was disallowed.

Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler doesn't look best pleased on the bench, either.

Antenucci almost gets on the scoresheet as Jordan Botaka's excellent cross finds him unmarked 12 yards out, but the striker plants his header straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos.

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The assistant referee did not raise his flag at any moment until referee Neil Swarbrick went across.

Ali BrownleeBBC Tees commentator

DISALLOWED GOAL

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Ooh, big controversy. Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci is denied by the offside flag.

Antenucci gets on the end of a deflected shot and scores from close range, and initially the goal is given. But the officials have a chat and then it's ruled out. Television replays show it's a very, very close call.

Meanwhile, Christian Stuani is replaced by Diego Fabbrini for Middlesbrough.

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Having previously had only a couple of tame efforts to keep out, Middlesbrough's Dimi Konstantopoulos finally makes a meaningful save.

Alex Mowatt forces the Greek goalkeeper to fly away to his left to push away a curling free-kick that was heading into the top corner.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Leeds striker Mirco Antenucci applauds a pass that sails miles over his head and straight through to the goalkeeper. The delivery into the box needs to be better than that.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

A quick counter-attack and suddenly Middlesbrough are looking dangerous. Charlie Taylor makes an excellent last-ditch intervention to prevent Albert Adomah getting a shot in on goal.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Leeds get an early free-kick near the byline. Again, it's Christian Stuani who is the offender. Referee Neil Swarbrick gives the Boro forward what I imagine is his final warning. Any more and he'll be back in the dressing room, running the bath for his team-mates.

The free-kick is easily cleared.

KICK-OFF

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

No half-time changes to report, and we're back under way at the Riverside Stadium.

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The Leeds fans are less happy, with one man being held to account...

Johno Manley: That 45 has summed up Bellusci. So so bad. Got to be gone at half time.

Wayne: That was the 2nd worst first half performance I've seen from a Leeds player in recent years. Rachubka vs Blackpool being the worst.

What changes would you make at the break? Get involved using #bbcfootball and let us know.

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The Middlesbrough fans are enjoying things at the moment...

Scott Jamieson: Great football by Boro a great game to watch.

Marcus Legg: 2-0 up after having 1 shot the whole game.

Is there any way back for Leeds? Get in touch using #bbcfootball or post on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Barton's back

Five things you may have missed on Saturday

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Back in the Championship, Joey Barton made his Burnley debut in Saturday's defeat by Reading.

Read more about this, and some of the other stories you may have missed from Saturday's Football League action, in this handy guide put together by Nabil Hassan.

Eagles set to soar?

Watford v Crystal Palace (16:00 BST)

Crystal Palace are also eyeing up a place in the top six, which will be theirs if they beat Watford today.

Palace's summer recruits are settling nicely, including Bakary Sako, who scored twice in his first two appearances for the club.

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Alan Pardew's side have lost narrowly to Manchester City and Tottenham since then, but the talent within their squad suggests there shouldn't be any repeat of the relegation scraps they've flirted with in recent seasons.

Hornets buzzing in top flight

Watford v Crystal Palace (16:00 BST)

Watford won promotion from the Championship last season and much of their success was based on the goals of a potent front three - Troy Deeney, Odion Ighalo and Matej Vydra.

Ighalo netted a brace in Watford's 2-1 win at Newcastle last time out.

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The Hornets are unbeaten at home this season and are yet to concede a goal at Vicarage Road.

A win by two goals or more today would take the Hornets into the top six.

Elsewhere today...

So, Middlesbrough 2-0 up at half-time.

There's just the one Premier League game today, and it features two clubs who have started the season in fine form.

HALF-TIME

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

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Take the two goals out of this game and it's been a fairly even contest. Both sides have had spells of possession, and both sides have tested the opposition goalkeeper.

But Leeds have gifted Middlesbrough their two goals, first failing to clear a cross allowing David Nugent to open the scoring, and then defender Giuseppe Bellusci heading a cross into his own net.

If Danny Baker fancies bringing out another "Own Goals and Gaffs" video, Bellusci's own goal would be a suitable inclusion.

Much work to do for the visitors after the interval.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Middlesbrough step up a gear as they chase a killer third goal before the interval. Fernando Amorebieta's effort is blocked, Christian Stuani's header is off target and then Daniel Ayala pokes a shot wide.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Christian Stuani almost adds a third for Middlesbrough. The Uruguay forward races into the box and attempts to meet a left-wing cross six yards out, but can't quite get a touch to the ball.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Leeds threaten with another counter-attack but Alex Mowatt's shot from 20 yards flashes wide of the far post.

Four minutes and stoppage time to go until the break.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

Without Chris Wood, Leeds are struggling. They've not gone forward enough and they've not gone over the top. There's been a few threats on the goal but nothing major. That's a dreadful mistake by Bellusci.

Adam PopeBBC Radio Leeds commentator

Middlesbrough 2-0 Leeds United

That was a terrific diving header by Bellusci. Red faces for Leeds all round. What a howler - it was wonderfully pathetic.

Ali BrownleeBBC Tees commenator

And here's the view from BBC Radio Leeds' Katherine Hannah...

Only Bellusci knows what he was trying to achieve there. Insane own goal #mfc 2-0 #lufc @wysdaily