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Summary

  1. Victory sends Middlesbrough top
  2. Gaston Ramirez scores both of Boro's goals
  3. Ben Gibson's own goal a late consolation for Wolves

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By Jay Freeman

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolves

You have to say, going into the final stages of this season, it's going to be tight but Middlesbrough will definitely be challenging for automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

Kenny Jackett's Wolves looked depleted even before Gaston Ramirez's superb double and were fortunate to even come away with a consolation, albeit through Joe Mason's header deflecting off Ben Gibson for an own goal.

But Middlesbrough have given Burnley, Hull and Brighton a lot to think about tomorrow. The race to the Premier League is just hotting up.

Thank you for joining us and enjoy the rest of your Friday night.

Still to come

Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolves

So that's two matches down with 10 more to go in the Championship this weekend.

While we've seen Middlesbrough comprehensively beat Wolvesat the Riverside Stadium tonight and Birmingham City overcome Hull on Thursday, the weekend is just getting started.

There is a live text commentary double offering on Saturday as we follow Bristol City and Cardiff (12.00 GMT) at Ashton Gate and Burnley's home game against Blackburn Rovers (12.30 GMT).

Andre Gray in action for Burnley
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Also on the menu are eight 15:00 GMT kick-offs:

Brentford v Charlton Athletic

Derby County v Huddersfield Town

Ipswich Town v Nottingham Forest

Leeds United v Bolton Wanderers 

MK Dons v QPR

Preston North End v Bright & Hove Albion

Reading v Fulham

Sheffield Wednesday v Rotherham United

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Middlesbrough midfielder Albert Adomah told Sky Sports:

"When you lose a game you always want to react and having this game for three points to go top of the league what could be better?

"We're top, we just have to maintain it and hopefully results go our way tomorrow.

"I'm enjoying myself and I just have to keep what I am doing for the team."

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Middlesbrough's Gaston Ramirez told Sky Sports:

"For once it's this game. For us it's important to win tonight and the performance was great for us.

"I was lucky [for the second goal] because the defender touched the ball and the keeper couldn't take it. We won the game, we're at the top and we fought well."

FULL-TIME

Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolves

It's all over and thanks to Gaston Ramirez's superb double, Middlesbrough take all three points and move two points clear of second-placed Burnley at the top of the Championship after winning their game in hand.

Wolves drop a place to 14th after a poor performance on Teesside despite Joe Mason's late consolation.

Middlesbrough celebrate
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Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolves

Conor Coady tries to find a late, late equaliser with a fierce deflected shot on the edge of the 18-yard line, but Dimi Konstantopoulos claims.

GOAL (Mason)

Middlesbrough 2-1 Wolves

Game on? Or just a consolation? You decide. Either way, Joe Mason does well to latch on to Matt Doherty's cross and head past the diving Middlesbrough keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

That's his third goal in a Wolves shirt since signing from Cardiff for £3m in January.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

The man who scored both of Middlesbrough's goals tonight comes off. Gaston Ramirez is replaced by Julien De Sart to the applause of 21,000 appreciative Boro fans.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

The game has quietened down as we approach full time at the Riverside. Wolves seemed to have given up trying to get anything from this match a long, long time ago. Middlesbrough, on the other hand, seem content with their 2-0 lead.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Another chance for Boro as Emilio Nsue curls a high ball to Jordan Rhodes at the far post but he heads just wide.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Dominic Iorfa does well to win the ball on the wing and deliver a ball into the box which is cleared out into the path of Matt Doherty who controls and shoots high and wide.

Wolves' goalless run on the road looks set to continue.

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#boro are a competent team. If promoted the players need a chance in @premierleague. No rash signings, the 'Leicester model' #bbcfootball

#bbcfootball Can't wait to see Ramirez causing Prem Lge teams many problems next season :) my beloved Rotherham struggled to keep him quiet

Plenty of talk about Middlesbrough in the Premier League next season. Right now, they are on their way to the top of the Championship.

This topic of conversation might dominate in the coming weeks.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald is replaced by Jack Price in Kenny Jackett's second change of the night for the visitors.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Middlesbrough's Adam Forshaw receives the ball 40 yards out, chests it down and unleashes a shot that fails to trouble Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme but Boro eventually work it back to Jordan Rhodes who would have scored were it not for a fine sliding save by Ikeme.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Matt Doherty spares Wolves' blushes and denies Boro a third with a last-ditch tackle on Jordan Rhodes at close-range.

YELLOW CARD

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Wolves midfielder Kevin McDonald receives a yellow card for dissent.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Jeremy Helan stays on his feet in the Middlesbrough box despite a challenge and wins a corner for Wolves which is eventually worked to Joe Mason, who tries a shot but Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos parries the ball away.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Just to reiterate the earlier point about Wolves struggling to find the net away from home, here is a tweet and the ever so informative BBC match stats.

Wolves are looking that they won't score even if they play till Easter! THE lifeless performance upfront #bbcfootball

Boro v Wolves stats
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YELLOW CARD

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Albert Adomah receives a caution for a poor challenge on Wolves forward Bjorn Sigurdarson. The visitors are awarded a free kick from around 40 yards out which Joe Mason comically sends well wide of Dimi Konstantopoulos' post.

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Joe Mason replaces Nathan Byrne for Wolves as Kenny Jackett throws a striker on the field in search of goals.

Will he make the difference? There's 25 minutes of normal time remaining.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Middlesbrough are showboating. Adam Clayton tears open the Wolves defence to find Gaston Ramirez who plays George Friend in the box but he fires wide. The whole passing movement was like something you'd see in the Nou Camp, not at the Riverside..

In contrast, Wolves are completely ineffective up front. They have failed to score in their last three away league matches and it's showing. Could this be a fourth?

Wolves' poor away attacking record
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Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Emilio Nsue strides completely unmarked into the Wolves half and curls just wide of the Carl Ikeme's right-hand post.

There is absolutely no let up from Middlesbrough here.

GOAL (Ramirez)

Middlesbrough 2-0 Wolves

Wow. What. A. Goal. Gaston Ramirez strolls through the Wolves defence far too easily, plays a clever one-two with George Friend and curls a lovely ball into the back of Carl Ikeme's net.

That is quite a finish.

Gaston Ramirez celebrates one of his goals against Wolves
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Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

Those 21,000 or so Middlesbrough fans have not piped down all night. A respectable following from Wolves given the circumstances, but they haven't had much to shout about.

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Albert Adomah almost takes Wolves captain Danny Batth out on the touchline. The Boro midfielder concedes a goal kick but the hosts break back again.

Emilio Nsue wrong-foots Jeremy Helan and runs goal-bound but Kortney Hause pulls off a superb sliding tackle to clear the danger.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

#bbcfootball Not a #Middlesbrough fan but surely Gibson deserves to be in the Premier League for all he has put into club. Great Chairman.

Middlesbrough winning fans it seems, with Steve Gibson's investment at Boro getting a tip of the cap. 

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

It's end-to-end stuff at the Riverside. Nathan Byrne catches out the Middlesbrough back line and tees up (excuse the pun) Bjorn Sigurdarson, but the hosts win possession and go on the break.

Christhian Stuani strides with the ball to Wolves' box, but somehow the visitors clear the ball. What an opening two or three minutes. Game on!

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

A magnificent save from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme just seconds after the restart! Jordan Rhodes latches on to Albert Adomah's curled cross into the box and the Middlesbrough striker's close-range header is well-saved by Ikeme.

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Middlesbrough get the second half under way.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

The players are back out on the pitch and the second half is shortly approaching. Can Wolves find an equaliser or will Middlesbrough be looking down on the Championship tonight?

Wolves' Kevin McDonald runs past his marker
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What a rubbish lfirst half completely dominanted given them too many attempts #bbcfootball @OfficialWolves

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If you missed it

Jon Toral celebrates his winner against Hull City
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Middlesbrough have not been the only ones looking to go top before the weekend, with Hull City failing in their efforts to go above Burnley on Thursday after going down 1-0 to Birmingham City.

The only goal of the game came on 14 minutes when Jon Toral's low, left-footed drive went in off ex-Blues defender Curtis Davies.

Read Ged Scott's report from St Andrew's here.

HALF-TIME

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Gaston Ramirez celebrates Middlesbrough goal
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As it stands, Middlesbrough will be top of the Championship tonight.

It's been a dominant display from Aitor Karanka's side who lead through Gaston Ramirez's header. Meanwhile, Wolves have looked lifeless and without a clear plan on how they are going to break Middlesbrough down and force an equaliser.

Will there be any half-time changes? We shall see in around 15 minutes.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

Gaston Ramirez curls a shot in at Carl Ikeme which the Wolves keeper saves, but he screams at his defenders.

Half time approaches shortly - Boro boss Aitor Karanka will be extremely happy with his side's first-half performance.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

George Friend launches a pinpoint-accurate delivery into the path of Jordan Rhodes, but the ball clips the Scotsman's heels and the attack fizzles out.

With only one marker, that could have been a very dangerous attack for Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

Wolves really have their work cut out if they are to get anything, here. Despite a few minutes of posession, the front three of Jeremy Helan, Bjorn Sigurdarson and Nathan Byrne just aren't making enough penetrative runs into the Middlesbrough box and when they do, they're far too easily closed down.

Byrne tries a speculative effort from 20 yards out which nearly ends up in the River Tees. The story of Wolves' night so far. 

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

Kevin McDonald bosses his way through the midfield but Wolves just can't seem to find a way through the Middlesbrough back-line. Former Wolves man George Friend is untroubled by Bjorn Sigurdarson and the hosts clear the ball once more.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Wolves

There is quite the atmosphere inside the Riverside tonight. Middlesbrough's supporters are in fine voice - and why not? It's been a comfortable opening half hour for the hosts. Wolves have provided little attacking threat.

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Neil Maddison: "The energy levels from the boys at the moment are absolutely tremendous. They're closing down so well." 1-0

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Jeremy Helan gallops through the left wing like Jeremy Corbyn atop a horse...but it comes to nothing as Nathan Byrne quickly loses possession after the Frenchman's neat lay-off.