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Blackpool 0-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough's Mustapha Carayol celebrates scoring his first goal against Blackpool with his team-mates

Mustapha Carayol scored twice in the last 10 minutes as Middlesbrough condemned Blackpool to their eighth defeat in nine matches.

The Gambian opened the scoring six minutes from time when he cut in from the right before bending his shot into the bottom right-hand corner.

And Carayol fired home his second in the third minute of stoppage time from Albert Adomah's pass.

The result moves Boro to 13th in the Championship, with Blackpool 14th.

The hosts had the best of a bright opening with Barry Ferguson testing visiting goalkeeper Shay Given with an 18-yard volley, before Craig Cathcart nodded wide a left-wing cross from Tom Ince.

Middlesbrough also went close when Lukas Jutkiewicz was through on goal, but he was prevented from shooting by Cathcart's brilliant tackle.

Just minutes later, a near-identical move saw Emmanuel Ledesma send Adomah clear, but this time Jack Robinson produced a last-gasp block.

After the break, Blackpool again looked to seize the early initiative, with Chris Basham heading wide from a Neal Bishop right-wing cross, before a succession of corners put the visitors under pressure.

But it was Boro who finally broke the deadlock when a counter-attack allowed Carayol to cut in from the right before curling low past Matt Gilks.

And the away side wrapped up the win deep into added time when Blackpool failed to deal with Adomah's cut-back, allowing Carayol to fire into the top left-hand corner.

Blackpool assistant Steve Thompson:

"The players are working hard but we're lacking quality in the final third.

"We told the lads before the game and at half-time that we needed to watch the counter-attack and we've been done twice, which is frustrating.

"We felt we were starting to get on top of the game and we got hit by a sucker punch."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"I said when I first came here when we lost two or three games, my philosophy is always thinking about the next game.

"We were three points away from the relegation places and now we're not far from the play-offs - but my mentality is the same."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Gilks
  • 12Bishop
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 75mins
  • 17Basham
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5MackenzieBooked at 68mins
  • 11Ince
  • 16Ferguson
  • 19FullerSubstituted forDaviesat 77'minutes
  • 31Martínez CerveraSubstituted forCatonat 87'minutes
  • 27BarkhuizenSubstituted forEcclestonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 13Warner
  • 22Caton
  • 23Eccleston
  • 33Harris
  • 37Cameron
  • 38Waddington

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 26Ayala
  • 4Williams
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forButterfieldat 89'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9JutkiewiczSubstituted forMainat 81'minutes
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forCarayolat 61'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 27Adomah

Substitutes

  • 5Richardson
  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 19Carayol
  • 22Gibson
  • 23Main
  • 33Smallwood
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
14,421

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home3
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 2. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. James Caton replaces Ángel.

  7. Post update

    Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Curtis Main is caught offside.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 0, Middlesbrough 1. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Albert Adomah.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma tries a through ball, but Mustapha Carayol is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by George Friend.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

  18. Booking

    Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester25173546271954
2Burnley25148338191950
3QPR25147429151449
4Derby25135749341544
5Nottm Forest251011435251041
6Brighton2510963022839
7Reading2510873229338
8Blackburn2510783128337
9Ipswich259973730736
10Wigan2410682823536
11Leeds25105103534135
12Huddersfield259793429534
13Middlesbrough258984033733
14Blackpool258892531-632
15Watford247983530530
16Bournemouth2586113144-1330
17Birmingham2578103030029
18Bolton2561093035-528
19Sheff Wed2451093132-125
20Charlton2459102230-824
21Millwall2557132650-2422
22Doncaster2556141943-2421
23Yeovil2445151938-1917
24Barnsley2438132142-2117
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