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Leeds United 2-1 Middlesbrough

Ross McCormack

Aitor Karanka suffered defeat in his first game as Middlesbrough manager as a Jason Pearce header earned Leeds a fourth successive win.

The former Real Madrid assistant manager saw goalkeeper Jason Steele sent off in the first half, before Ross McCormack put Leeds ahead.

Mustapha Carayol finished smartly to bring the 10 men level, but Pearce quickly restored the home advantage.

The win moved Brian McDermott's side into the Championship play-off places.

Ex-Real Madrid defender Karanka, who also spent three years as Jose Mourinho's number two at the Bernabeu, described his arrival at Middlesbrough as a new era.

But hopes of a winning start and just a third Middlesbrough victory in 14 outings were dealt a blow when McCormack netted his ninth goal in seven matches.

The 27-year-old pounced on a header across goal by team-mate Tom Lees to head home from close range for his 13th goal of the season.

The Scot had been frustrated when two penalty appeals were turned down, but his goal and the decision by referee Philip Gibbs to dismiss Steele gave Boro an uphill challenge.

Steele saw red for fouling McCormack's strike partner Dexter Blackstock outside the area, prompting the introduction of substitute goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler at the expense of striker Marvin Emnes.

Boro are yet to beat a side above them in the league this season, but rallied in the second period and levelled when Carayol swept past Paddy Kenny after a defence-splitting pass by Albert Adomah.

Leutwiler pulled off a superb diving save from Alex Mowatt but could not deny Pearce minutes later when he leapt to head home captain Rudolph Austin's cross.

Mowatt and Austin both went close late on, as Boro were consigned to their third consecutive away defeat.

Leeds United manager Brian McDermott:

"Sometimes you are better playing against 11 men. We have found that in the past. It is psychologically harder against 10.

"We couldn't get that third goal but the result was the most important thing.

"It's good to be in the top six but I would rather be even higher. There is much more to come from the team."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"It would have been better if we had won, but I am happy because we played very well in the second half when we were down to 10 players.

"I have had just 10 days with the players but they have shown a good attitude and with that we can build.

"Even so, there may be changes for the next game, depending on what I see on the training ground."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Kenny
  • 2Peltier
  • 16PughBooked at 65minsSubstituted forByramat 81'minutes
  • 5Pearce
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 4Lees
  • 6MurphySubstituted forBrownat 88'minutes
  • 8Austin
  • 9BlackstockSubstituted forSmithat 81'minutes
  • 44McCormack
  • 36Mowatt

Substitutes

  • 11Varney
  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 20Smith
  • 25Byram
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns

Middlesbrough

  • 1SteeleBooked at 43mins
  • 5Richardson
  • 3FriendBooked at 88mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 39WoodgateBooked at 84mins
  • 26AyalaBooked at 21mins
  • 27Adomah
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 82'minutes
  • 29Kamara
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forLeutwilerat 44'minutes
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forMainat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Williams
  • 6Butterfield
  • 9Jutkiewicz
  • 18Whitehead
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Main
  • 32Leutwiler
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
30,367

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 2, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Frazer Richardson (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

    Rodolph Austin (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Sam Byram (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Luke Murphy.

  13. Booking

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  15. Post update

    Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Booking

    Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).