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Huddersfield Town 0-2 Middlesbrough

Adam Clayton
Middlesbrough celebrate Adam Clayton's first goal for the club

Adam Clayton scored against his old club as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield in David Wagner's first home game in charge of the Terriers.

Clayton put Boro ahead when he shrugged off Nahki Wells and drove past keeper Jed Steer with the aid of a deflection.

Wells then hit the bar with a free-kick before Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos saved his chipped effort.

The Terriers dominated possession, but Boro's Emilio Nsue cut inside and finished with aplomb to seal victory.

Aitor Karanka's side have now won five of their last seven matches and move into the automatic promotion places, above Derby on goal difference.

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Wagner will have been pleased with his side's ability to hold on to the ball, but they struggled to create clear-cut chances when they dominated possession in the second period.

After Clayton scored his first goal for the Teessiders since joining from Huddersfield in 2014, Wells could have levelled twice and Sean Scannell was denied by Konstantopoulos as Boro led at the break.

But Boro, who produced an expert away display having soaked up so much pressure and having only three shots all match, finished proceedings with Nsue's own maiden goal for the club.

Huddersfield boss David Wagner said:

"The result was very different to the performance. I was very pleased with the way we played, particularly in the first half.

"The way the team played is another step in the right direction and I am sure this team has a good future.

"Middlesbrough only had two chances in this game and we saw which team was better and which team created more chances. Sometimes in football you don't get the result you deserve."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said:

"It was not a good performance but sometimes games are like that.

"Huddersfield looked like the top team, not us. Huddersfield played really well and I expected that.

"I saw Huddersfield at Sheffield Wednesday and it's no surprise how well they played.

"David Wagner may have lost his first two games but he should keep going with his philosophy. When I came here I lost two of my first five matches but Middlesbrough trusted me and if Huddersfield trust him they will do well."

Line-ups

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Steer
  • 2SmithBooked at 54mins
  • 5HudsonBooked at 52mins
  • 14Cranie
  • 25Chilwell
  • 4WhiteheadBooked at 18mins
  • 16Huws
  • 7ScannellSubstituted forDempseyat 67'minutes
  • 8PatersonSubstituted forHolmesat 71'minutes
  • 18LolleySubstituted forBojajat 79'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 3Davidson
  • 6Hogg
  • 15M Wallace
  • 19Holmes
  • 22Dempsey
  • 26Allinson
  • 36Bojaj

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 4Ayala
  • 6GibsonBooked at 59mins
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 36Zuculini
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forStuaniat 63'minutes
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forForshawat 63'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 5Amorebieta
  • 9Kike
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 18Stuani
  • 34Forshaw
Referee:
Eddie Ilderton
Attendance:
15,434

Match Stats

Home TeamHuddersfieldAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home75%
Away25%
Shots
Home6
Away3
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Middlesbrough 2.

  3. Post update

    Ben Chilwell (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by George Friend.

  7. Post update

    Kyle Dempsey (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Huddersfield Town 0, Middlesbrough 2. Nsue (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

  11. Post update

    Emyr Huws (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Bojaj replaces Joe Lolley.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

    Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Joe Lolley (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Jamie Paterson.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ben Chilwell (Huddersfield Town).

  20. Post update

    Bruno Zuculini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.