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Middlesbrough 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Diego Fabbrini
Diego Fabbrini's solitary Italy cap to date came against England in 2012

Diego Fabbrini scored one goal and helped create two for Kike as Middlesbrough eased to victory over Bolton at the Riverside Stadium.

Fabbrini opened the scoring with a fierce 25-yard effort before sending Kike through to slot home his first.

Kike reacted quickest to make it 3-0, pouncing after Fabbrini's deflected shot was tipped onto the bar.

David Nugent went close to marking his Boro debut with a goal, but turned an injury-time chance over the bar.

Nugent came off the bench for Aitor Karanka's side in the second half, less than 24 hours after joining last season's Championship play-off finalists from Leicester City for a reported fee of £4m.

Defeat for Neil Lennon's Bolton came came only four days after their shock League Cup defeat by League One side Burton Albion.

While Middlesbrough got off to a slow start last week after failing to get a shot on target in their goalless draw at Preston, they started brightly against the Trotters in their first home game.

Stewart Downing

Stewart Downing, in his first match as a Middlesbrough player at the Riverside in more than six years, tested goalkeeper Ben Amos inside two minutes, while George Friend also threatened before Fabbrini put Boro in front with his first goal for the club.

The former Udinese midfielder then played provider, with Kike beating Amos after running onto a through ball from the Italian.

Boro piled forward in search of a third and Albert Adomah went close before Kike pounced to complete his first-half brace - prodding home after Amos tipped Fabbrini's deflected shot onto the underside of the bar.

Bolton failed to get a shot on goal in a first half which ended with Kike going close to a hat-trick, with Amos keeping the Spaniard out from close range.

In an uneventful second period both Kike and Downing threatened to add to the hosts' advantage, while former England striker Emile Heskey sent Bolton's best chance wide.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "It could be the best half we've played in my time in charge.

"It was an amazing first half. We played the way I want to play always.

"We have very good players and I have a very good squad. I told them before the game that last week was an example of us entering the game thinking it would be easy.

"We have to have the same attitude as this game, and we have to forget the final and last season."

Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon: "I take full responsibility for the first half. I set the team out that way - with three at the back - and it didn't work.

"The players didn't get to grips with it very well and we let Middlesbrough dictate the game.

"I accept the blame, but I still expect my players to compete and press. It's a learning experience for me and I apologise to the supporters."

Kike
Kike, who scored 12 goals for Middlesbrough last season, had not previously netted twice in one game for Boro

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 4Ayala
  • 26Kalas
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forForshawat 74'minutes
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forStuaniat 64'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 9KikeSubstituted forNugentat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 17Husband
  • 18Stuani
  • 22Fry
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent

Bolton

  • 1Amos
  • 2Gouano
  • 4Dervite
  • 45HoldingSubstituted forWilsonat 79'minutes
  • 6Vela
  • 18Danns
  • 8SpearingSubstituted forCloughat 45'minutes
  • 16Davies
  • 3Moxey
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forWalkerat 70'minutes
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 10Clough
  • 14Madine
  • 23Dobbie
  • 25Wilson
  • 27Twardzik
  • 34Fitzsimons
  • 42Walker
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
23,333

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Prince.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Nugent.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. David Nugent replaces Kike.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Walker (Bolton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  15. Post update

    Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Dean Moxey tries a through ball, but Emile Heskey is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Lawrie Wilson replaces Rob Holding.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Christian Stuani tries a through ball, but George Friend is caught offside.