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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

  • 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
  • 15Wallace
  • 19Holmes
  • 22Dempsey
  • 26Allinson
  • 36Bojaj

Middlesbrough

  • 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

Match ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 0, Middlesbrough 2.

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

Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by George Friend.

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

Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

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

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.

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

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Florent Bojaj replaces Joe Lolley.

Foul by Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes replaces Jamie Paterson.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Kyle Dempsey replaces Sean Scannell.

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

Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cristhian Stuani replaces Albert Adomah.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Huddersfield Town).

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Sean Scannell (Huddersfield Town).

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Huddersfield Town. Dean Whitehead tries a through ball, but Nahki Wells is caught offside.

Booking

Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Huddersfield Town).

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

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Hudson (Huddersfield Town).

Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough18113427121536
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4Hull18105327111635
5Burnley189722617934
6Birmingham188462520528
7Ipswich187742825328
8Sheff Wed187742522328
9Reading187652621527
10Cardiff186841916326
11Brentford177372324-124
12QPR186572325-223
13Fulham185763130122
14Blackburn184951918121
15Wolves185672223-121
16Nottm Forest185581619-320
17Leeds184771621-519
18Preston183961316-318
19MK Dons1844101524-916
20Bristol City183781830-1216
21Charlton1844101529-1416
22Huddersfield183691728-1115
23Rotherham1843112133-1215
24Bolton171881124-1311
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