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Middlesbrough 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Goalkeeper Shay Given

Grant Leadbitter's late penalty earned Middlesbrough victory over Bolton in boss Aitor Karanka's Riverside debut.

Leadbitter struck eight minutes from time after Tim Ream fouled Dutch striker Marvin Emnes.

Bolton had a chance to equalise from the spot themselves but Jermaine Beckford fired over after Andre Moritz had been fouled.

Keeper Shay Given helped Boro earn only a third Championship clean sheet of the season on his debut.

The 37-year-old completed a loan move from Aston Villa two days before the game.

It was Given's first competitive game since January but the former Republic of Ireland and Manchester City keeper was rarely troubled.

He was quick off his line to deny Beckford a chance after ex-Sunderland midfielder Leadbitter had played a dangerous back-pass after the interval.

But Boro carved out the better chances and George Friend, Ben Gibson and substitute Curtis Main all went close.

The home side won a penalty on 82 minutes as Emnes was hauled down by Ream, allowing Leadbitter to calmly slot home.

Bolton could have levelled as they won a penalty of their own when Rhys Williams brought down Andre Moritz two minutes from time.

But Beckford blazed high over the bar, much to the relief of recently appointed Boro manager Karanka.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"It was very emotional for me.

"From the moment I signed the contract I had dreamed of the first home game and the greeting I got from our people made it very special.

"But it nearly turned into a nightmare when Bolton won the penalty so late on in the game. We still need to improve."

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Post-match: Bolton manager Freedman

Bolton manager Dougie Freedman:

"It stings a bit to concede from a penalty and obviously it stings to miss one too.

"But we played well. I think we played well enough if not to win, certainly not to lose the game.

"Now it is about how the team react."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 4Williams
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 23mins
  • 39Woodgate
  • 22GibsonBooked at 54mins
  • 27Adomah
  • 33SmallwoodSubstituted forWhiteheadat 84'minutes
  • 29Kamara
  • 6ButterfieldSubstituted forEmnesat 67'minutes
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forMainat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Richardson
  • 10Emnes
  • 11Ledesma
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 18Whitehead
  • 23Main
  • 26Ayala

Bolton

  • 24Lonergan
  • 17McNaughton
  • 15Baptiste
  • 44KamaraSubstituted forMasonat 83'minutes
  • 4Mills
  • 5Ream
  • 27LeeSubstituted forNgogat 83'minutes
  • 6Spearing
  • 10BeckfordBooked at 90mins
  • 21PratleySubstituted forMoritzat 70'minutes
  • 18Danns

Substitutes

  • 7Eagles
  • 9Ngog
  • 11Hall
  • 12Knight
  • 14Moritz
  • 26Mason
  • 37Lee-Barrett
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
23,679

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz tries a through ball, but Alex Baptiste is caught offside.

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

Kevin McNaughton (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers).

Booking

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

(Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers).

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Jermaine Beckford (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Jermaine Beckford should be disappointed.

Penalty conceded by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz draws a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Grant Leadbitter.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead replaces Richard Smallwood.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. David Ngog replaces Lee Chung-Yong.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Medo.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Bolton Wanderers 0. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Marvin Emnes draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Matthew Mills (Bolton Wanderers) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt saved. André Moritz (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Neil Danns.

Attempt blocked. Medo (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by André Moritz.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. André Moritz replaces Darren Pratley.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

Marvin Emnes (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Medo (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marvin Emnes replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

Medo (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Mustapha Carayol.

goal

As It Stood

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2Burnley17105229131635
3QPR1710521910935
4Blackpool178722215731
5Reading177732620628
6Nottm Forest177642620627
7Leeds178272420426
8Derby167453023725
9Brighton176742015525
10Watford176562724323
11Ipswich176562522323
12Huddersfield176562321223
13Blackburn176562119223
14Wigan156451713422
15Middlesbrough174762726119
16Bolton174761722-519
17Bournemouth175482232-1019
18Doncaster175481627-1119
19Birmingham175392123-218
20Charlton174581420-617
21Millwall174581934-1517
22Yeovil1733111324-1112
23Sheff Wed161871827-911
24Barnsley1725101635-1911
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