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Middlesbrough 2-0 MK Dons

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing re-joined his hometown club this summer from West Ham for £5.5m

Stewart Downing scored his first goal for Middlesbrough since returning to the Riverside Stadium in the summer to help his side beat MK Dons.

The winger, who rejoined Boro from West Ham, superbly curled a shot from the right into the corner midway through the second half.

David Nugent then got his first Boro goal to wrap up the win when he finished a one-on-one chance.

The Dons' best chance came at 0-0 when Simon Church's chip hit the post.

Home sweet home
Middlesbrough have won nine of their last 11 home league (including play-off) games.

Until Downing's opener, Karl Robinson's side, who were playing their first competitive match against Middlesbrough, had defended stoutly.

They restricted the hosts to mostly long-range efforts in the first half, before Wales international Church was unlucky to see his chip over Dimi Konstantopolous come back off the upright, following great build-up work from Jordan Spence.

But Middlesbrough, who left winger Albert Adomah out of their matchday squad after a reported transfer request in the transfer window, took the lead when Downing cut inside from the right and, with defenders backing off, bent in past David Martin.

Downing said the chance to win promotion for his hometown club was behind his move down from the Premier League.

And he set up another man who moved down a division in the summer, Nugent, when he headed on for the former Leicester striker to keep his cool and slot home.

MK Dons rarely threatened after that, but Rob Hall did skim the post with an injury-time strike.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 4Ayala
  • 6GibsonSubstituted forAmorebietaat 49'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 44mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 19Downing
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forForshawat 83'minutes
  • 20ReachSubstituted forStuaniat 61'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 5Amorebieta
  • 9Kike
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 18Stuani
  • 24Nsue
  • 34Forshaw

MK Dons

  • 1Martin
  • 12Spence
  • 5McFadzean
  • 6Kay
  • 3Lewington
  • 39Poyet
  • 14CarruthersBooked at 69minsSubstituted forHallat 79'minutes
  • 31Murphy
  • 9Bowditch
  • 17PowellSubstituted forBakerat 71'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 13GallagherSubstituted forChurchat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hodson
  • 4Upson
  • 7Baker
  • 11Church
  • 18Aguza
  • 29Burns
  • 38Hall
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
21,448

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, MK Dons 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, MK Dons 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robert Hall (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Diego Poyet.

  5. Post update

    David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons).

  7. Post update

    Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. David Nugent tries a through ball, but Christian Stuani is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Robert Hall (MK Dons) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Carl Baker (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Hall.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  13. Post update

    Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

  14. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Christian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Kyle McFadzean (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kyle McFadzean.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Middlesbrough 2, MK Dons 0. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Antony Kay (MK Dons) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Robert Hall with a cross following a corner.