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Summary

  1. Both sides make one change
  2. Gaston Ramirez is back for Boro
  3. Modou Barrow comes in for Swansea
  4. Get involved using #bbcfootball

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot from me, but you can head over here for reaction to all of Saturday's games. 

Until the next time.

FULL-TIME

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

A fine win for Boro, just their fourth of the season. 

Swansea are in serious trouble.

Jay Fulton
Reuters

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

A huge mix-up between Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson almost lets Adam Forshaw in to sweep home a fourth, but the white shirts rush back and Forshaw can't get his shot away or find Adama Traore next in line.

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Borja Baston flicks on to Jefferson Montero in the box, whose lashed shot is somehow kept out by a thicket of Boro legs. 

How did that not go in? Fine block from Ben Gibson.

Three minutes added on.

GREAT SAVE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Jefferson Montero's cross hangs in the air and Fernando Llorente strains those sizable neck muscles to head across goal. 

It's met with a fine save by Victor Valdes to preserve the clean sheet. 

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Fabio is off and Adama Traore on in an attacking move from the home side with just three minutes to play. 

Swansea are set to drop to 19th - unless Hull can find an equaliser at West Ham. That would see Bob Bradley's slide slip to bottom of the pile.

As it stands, Boro are up to 14th.

PENALTY APPEAL

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Gylfi Sigurdsson feels a shove in the back from Marten de Roon and goes down, but the ref says there's nothing doing. Would have been a harsh call.

Sigurdsson rests on the turf. 

But as Swansea win it back Sigurdsson's found again, and he lifts himself to drive a shot just wide of the far stick. It's just not happening for him. 

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Fabio zips up the park as Boro break after clearing the corner, he's got George Friend to his left and finds him, but Friend wastes the brilliant chance for a fourth with a rushed drive that sails over the bar and beyond.

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Calum Chambers' poor header loops up straight to Leroy Fer, who wants to smash in his seventh of the season with a cracking volley. Huge power, but Ben Gibson is in the right place at the right time and the ball cannons out for a corner.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Under 10 minutes to play and there's little sign of a Swansea consolation even. 

George Friend and Fabio combine down the left searching for a glossy fourth, but the away side hoover up the danger. 

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

The final throw of the dice from Swansea boss Bob Bradley. Jefferson Montero comes on for Wayne Routledge.

There are some extremely glum faces in the Swansea end. It's only 320 miles back home...

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

If you're up for an early night, we just might be able to help you out with that. 

Boro are retreating into see-it-out mode, Swansea gamely chasing. 

Just over 15 minutes to play. 

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Leon Britton the man replaced by Dutch midfielder Leroy Fer. Definitely got a goal in him - he's Swansea's joint top scorer with six. 

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Swansea corner. Borja Baston buys it off Antonio Barragan. They are still pushing hard, Bob Bradley's side. 

Alfie Mawson loops a header over the bar from Gylfi Sigurdsson's delivery. 

Leroy Fer is set to come on.

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

A great sliding block from Antonio Barragn denies Borja Baston - who just came on for Modou Barrow a few minutes ago. 

Borja was on route to smashing in Wayne Routledge's low cut-back but in came the Boro right-back with a crucial challenge. 

That's the closest Swansea have come. Fernando Llorente's been feeding on scraps, but maybe Borja can change things?

SUBSTITUTION

Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Gaston Ramirez - an injury doubt before this game - is off, replaced by George Friend now his job's been done with that lovely assist for Boro's third goal. 

Friend will shore things up at the back. Left-back for a winger.

Middlesborough substitution
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Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

It's the first time Boro have scored three in any game this season, and only Gaston Ramirez's poor pass in search of Stewart Downing means they miss out on big chance for a fourth. 

There were acres of space down the Swansea right. 

The away side must gamble to get back into this, but risk leaving themselves hugely exposed.

GOAL - Middlesbrough 3-0 Swansea

Marten de Roon

This is a lovely, lovely goal. 

Marten de Roon cushions home from the edge of the six-yard box as Gaston Ramirez's killer curling pass totally bamboozles the Swansea defence at the end of a flowing Middlesbrough move. 

The home fans are in raptures. They think this one's done. 

Marten De Roon
Reuters
Marten De Roon
Reuters

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Middlesbrough pegged back.

Cross after cross comes into the Boro box but the delivery is lacking every time. They must make this pressure tell, Swansea.

But down the other end, a Christmas gift hastily wrapped as a sloppy pass hands possession over to the home side, who won't be taking too many risks from here.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Sloppy. Antonio Barragan plays a free-kick straight at Gylfi Sigurdsson and apologies to the Boro team-mates who help him out by covering back. 

Very careless. 

Stewart Downing cuts in from the left and blasts a right-footed drive straight into Lukasz Fabianski's clutches. 

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Some nice slick recycling of possession from Boro opens up a huge channel for Antonio Barragan down the right wing, but Calum Chambers' pass isn't accurate enough and the chance is gone. 

Swansea boss Bob Bradley is chewing his tongue on the sideline.

Bob Bradley
Reuters

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

It's a good start again from Swansea, Wayne Routledge forces a corner out of Calum Chambers but Victor Valdes punches the delivery clear of the Boro box.

KICK-OFF

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Swansea were out a good few minutes before Boro.  

Here we go. Back under way.

As it stands table

It's tighter than Santa's red suit...

table
BBC Sport

HALF-TIME

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

But there's no time left. Boro's lead preserved at the break.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Alfie Mawson booms a ball up in search of Fernando Llorente's silky touch but the move comes loose. 

Fabio's pass is too strong for Stewart Downing to take under control tight down the left. Initiative back to the away side.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

THREE minutes to be added on in total, but there'll be more because of the Alfie Mawson injury. 

A Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick is headed out by Alvaro Negredo. Will there be time for Swansea?

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Alfie Mawson looks OK to carry on. How long added on?

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Swansea have carved out a few decent openings since going two down. Now would be a perfect time to grab one back. 

But Jordi Amat gives the ball straight to Gaston Ramirez, and his cross finds Alvaro Negredo in the box. The Spaniard catches Alfie Mawson with a high boot searching for an overhead. Foul. 

Mawson is down getting treatment. That caught him square on the forehead.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Adam Forshaw is so quick to the ball. Again he shows brilliant reactions to steal in and divert a dangerous Gyfli Sigurdsson flick on. 

The Modou Barrow v Fabio battle enters a new chapter with a Swansea free-kick that's deep enough to whip in the box. 

Sigurdsson's cross is nice but again it's brought back for a foul - Alfie Mawson judged to have shoved a red back.

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Just under FIVE to go before the break. Boro are looking to hold on. It's all Swansea at the moment. 

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Another Swansea corner. They're growing back into this, the away side. 

Gylfi Sigurdsson launches it to the back stick. Destination: Jay Fulton. 

But Fulton is penalised for a tug on Antonio Barragan, who was giving as good as he got by the way.

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Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Really nice play from Fernando Llorente drifting across the back lines in comfortable possession looking for the killer pass. He feeds Leon Britton on the edge of his box, who slides in a secret pass for Jay Fulton. 

The Swansea midfielder forces the corner with a blocked shot, but Boro are digging in deep and the set piece is cleared. 

Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Fabio goes in strongly to win the ball off Modou Barrow when there was a glimmer of an opening down the Swansea right. 

Boro don't concede too many when they're in this mood. 

But Barrow's then found with Wayne Routledge's through ball and sticks the ball in the net. The only problem? He is offside. Flag up. 

GOAL - Middlesbrough 2-0 Swansea

Alvaro Negredo

It's beautifully tucked away by Alvaro Negredo. Supremely confident as he shapes to blast right but places sweetly to the left.  

All that good work by Bob Bradley's side in the opening stages undone by two Negredo goals. There can be no complaints about the penalty decision though.

Alvaro Negredo
Reuters

PENALTY TO MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesbrough 1-0 Swansea

Adam Forshaw is tripped in the box turning inside Jordi Amat. Poor challenge.

Boro penalty incident
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Middlesbrough 1-0 Swansea

Swansea started this game incredibly well but are now being made to chase and look off the pace. 

Wayne Routledge gifts the home side a corner with a terrible driven back pass looking for his keeper. There was no chance.

CLOSE!

Middlesbrough 1-0 Swansea

Gaston Ramirez whips the ball just over the bar. 

A little lower and Lukasz Fabianski wasn't even getting near.

Middlesbrough 1-0 Swansea

That goal has hugely changed the face of this game now. Boro looking positive every time and threatening again. 

Angel Rangel has to scramble the ball out for a corner with Stewart Downing lurking, and from the set piece, Gaston Ramirez is felled on the edge of the box. 

Free-kick. In Ramirez territory...