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Middlesbrough 1-0 Rotherham United

Stewart Downing
Stewart Downing's third goal of the season put Middlesbrough in front against Rotherham

Stewart Downing's first-half goal secured a third successive Championship win for Middlesbrough at the expense of bottom club Rotherham United.

Downing intercepted a loose pass near the halfway line and raced into the penalty area before sending an angled shot past Millers goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Boro's Carlos de Pena hit the bar with a header from David Nugent's cross and George Friend hit the post late on.

Rotherham's Jordan Bowery came closest to an equaliser but fired wide.

The Millers have taken one point from five games since Neil Redfearn was appointed manager in October.

Middlesbrough held on for victory despite a subdued display and remain fourth in the table, a single point behind new leaders Hull.

England international Downing, making the 400th league appearance of his career, netted his third goal of the season to put Boro in front after 16 minutes.

De Pena and Albert Adomah went close to doubling their lead before half-time, while captain Grant Leadbitter's header was kept out by Camp after the break.

After Friend struck the upright with a powerful shot, substitute Diego Fabbrini failed to find the target from Emilio Nsue's cross.

Paul Green's effort from 25 yards before the break was Rotherham's only shot on target in the match.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"It is a tough game but we missed chances to score the second, the third, the fourth.

"But we have to learn from this game, when everybody was expecting the second goal we played worst.

"The first goal is always the most difficult, we thought getting more was going to be easier and it was the opposite.

"Last season we lost a lot of points against teams at the bottom and this season we are winning them."

Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn:

"It was a vast improvement, at times we played really well.

"They are a good side. At times they created chances and they could have had another goal, but we also had our chances.

"But it's not the Middlesbroughs of this world where we need to get the results, this top six is by far and away ahead of the rest but it was a really diligent and tough performance."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 26Kalas
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forFabbriniat 79'minutes
  • 27Adomah
  • 19Downing
  • 10De PenaSubstituted forZuculiniat 65'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 9Kike
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 36Zuculini

Rotherham

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Camp
  • 16Richardson
  • 20Rawson
  • 4Collins
  • 30Toffolo
  • 23ThorpeBooked at 53mins
  • 17Ward
  • 11Green
  • 24AndreuSubstituted forMaguireat 87'minutes
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forNewellat 63'minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forBoweryat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 7Maguire
  • 18Bowery
  • 21Collin
  • 22Newell
  • 33Smallwood
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
21,144

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Rotherham United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Rotherham United 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Harry Toffolo.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Joe Newell (Rotherham United).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bruno Zuculini.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Rotherham United. Chris Maguire replaces Tony Andreu.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Grant Ward (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Farrend Rawson (Rotherham United).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Bowery (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Diego Fabbrini replaces Grant Leadbitter.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Frazer Richardson.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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