Championship
BrentfordBrentford0MiddlesbroughMiddlesbrough1

Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter
Grant Leadbitter has a perfect record from the penalty spot this season

Middlesbrough moved to within a point of Championship leaders Bournemouth as Grant Leadbitter's penalty gave them victory at Brentford.

The hosts made a bright start at Griffin Park, with Leadbitter clearing James Tarkowski's header off the line and Stuart Dallas striking a post.

But Boro scored the only goal on 44 minutes as Leadbitter netted after David Button felled Patrick Bamford.

Aitor Karanka's side climb into third, while Brentford remain in fifth place.

Boro went into the game having beaten Premier League champions Manchester City in their previous match.

But they were made to work hard against a Bees side they beat 4-0 in the reverse fixture.

Captain Leadbitter's cool penalty was the difference between the sides - and his eighth successful spot-kick of the season maintained his perfect record.

Dallas continued to pose the Bees' biggest threat after the break, volleying narrowly over the top before having a powerful stoppage-time shot blocked.

But Boro, who have the best defensive record in the division, held out for a seventh clean sheet in their past eight games.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"It was a very important win against a team who are playing for the same position as us. We played really well last Saturday against City so today wasn't as good - but three points is the main thing for me.

"I thought after the City game it would be a difficult week, that maybe everyone would be more excited than normal, but the players worked very well and I thought we could play as well as we did against City.

"So it's good for me that we didn't play as well as we can play, but we can still beat teams like Brentford."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

"The difference was the penalty. We were the better team in the first half, we did everything but score.

"It didn't fall our way but overall it was a positive performance."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27ButtonBooked at 43mins
  • 10Odubajo
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 6DeanSubstituted forSmithat 89'minutes
  • 3Bidwell
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forToralat 76'minutes
  • 8DouglasBooked at 62mins
  • 23Jota
  • 21Pritchard
  • 15Dallas
  • 19GraySubstituted forLongat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Craig
  • 7Saunders
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 28Yennaris
  • 31Long

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 5Fredericks
  • 22OmeruoBooked at 16mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8Clayton
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forForshawat 68'minutes
  • 10Tomlin
  • 23BamfordBooked at 41minsSubstituted forKikeat 88'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21VossenSubstituted forReachat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 11Ledesma
  • 18Whitehead
  • 20Reach
  • 34Forshaw
  • 39Woodgate
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
11,853

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jake Bidwell with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford).

  9. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Booking

    Kike (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Harlee Dean.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Patrick Bamford.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

  20. Post update

    Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth28166659283154
2Derby28166652252754
3Middlesbrough28158543182553
4Ipswich28149546271951
5Brentford2815494437749
6Watford28145956332347
7Wolves2812973335-245
8Norwich28128850341644
9Blackburn2810993838039
10Sheff Wed2891182125-438
11Birmingham2891093139-837
12Nottm Forest28810103740-334
13Cardiff2897123642-634
14Bolton2897123339-634
15Fulham28104144149-834
16Reading2897123342-934
17Huddersfield2897123647-1134
18Charlton2861572535-1033
19Leeds2888123039-932
20Rotherham28612102636-1030
21Brighton28611113036-629
22Millwall2869132644-1827
23Wigan28410142636-1022
24Blackpool2848162250-2820
View full Championship table

Top Stories