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Brentford 0-1 Middlesbrough

Daniel Ayala
Daniel Ayala was claiming the goal that maintained Boro's unbeaten league record against Brentford

Middlesbrough extended their lead at the top of the Championship with victory following an error from Brentford goalkeeper David Button.

The winner came when his punch looped up and towards the line, although it looked like Boro defender Daniel Ayala might have got the final touch.

It was harsh on Brentford, who saw Alan Judge and Maxime Colin denied by fine Dimi Konstantopoulos goalkeeping.

Button made some fine saves of his own but his error proved costly.

Boro climb six points clear of second-placed Derby with a game in hand.

The Teessiders began the night four points clear of the Rams and arrived in west London with an unbeaten league record against their opponents stretching back to 1938.

However their position was no concern to the home side who attacked Boro with vigour and caused problems through top scorer Judge's creativity throughout.

Konstantopoulos foiled Lasse Vibe when he capitalised on an Ayala error, and Button was smart to stop David Nugent from a similar position before the break.

Brentford looked to be in the ascendancy after half-time, with Boro again indebted to Konstantopoulos' efforts, but a dangerous corner in a swirling wind proved their undoing as Button's attempted clearance sailed up and towards the goal, and Ayala wheeled away in celebration having claimed to poke in the crucial goal.

Bees boss Dean Smith made all his changes in a bid to overturn the deficit but Boro stood firm to pick up the points and edge further clear of their promotion rivals.

Brentford head coach Dean Smith:

"I'm disappointed with the result but as I've said before we can only control performances and the performance was very good.

"If we continue to look after our performances the results will follow. The performance tonight would have been enough to beat many sides in this division.

"Boro are a good team with good players and we more than matched and at times looked marginally better than them."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"We have been really lucky because to be fair in the first half Brentford had three chances and we have made two or three mistakes.

"Sometimes you pay for those mistakes, but when you are top of table the luck can stay with you.

"They are confident on the pitch and that confidence means you can make mistakes, but there are another 10 players who know you and are always there just in case."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 2Colin
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3BidwellBooked at 76mins
  • 15Woods
  • 20Diagouraga
  • 7SaundersSubstituted forCanosat 63'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 19SwiftSubstituted forDjuricinat 73'minutes
  • 21VibeSubstituted forHofmannat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Djuricin
  • 10McEachran
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 28Yennaris
  • 29Barbet
  • 47Canos

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 4AyalaBooked at 64mins
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 3Friend
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 90mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18StuaniBooked at 82mins
  • 19Downing
  • 27AdomahSubstituted forForshawat 87'minutes
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 22Fry
  • 26Kalas
  • 31Fabbrini
  • 34Forshaw
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
10,312

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brentford 0, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

  4. Post update

    Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Forshaw.

  7. Booking

    Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Albert Adomah.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marco Djuricin with a headed pass.

  13. Booking

    Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Lasse Vibe.

  17. Post update

    Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Marco Djuricin (Brentford).

  20. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough25174437122555
2Derby261310338182049
3Hull25145636181847
4Burnley26129539231645
5Ipswich2612863631544
6Brighton26111143127444
7Sheff Wed2611963930942
8Birmingham2611783128340
9Cardiff2591063026437
10Wolves2610793534137
11Brentford26106103736136
12Reading2697103129234
13Preston2681082323034
14Nottm Forest2671182625132
15Leeds2671182730-332
16Huddersfield2687113536-131
17QPR2671093134-331
18Blackburn2561182322129
19Fulham2669114246-427
20Rotherham2673163244-1224
21MK Dons2665152138-1723
22Bristol City2649132346-2321
23Charlton2648142147-2620
24Bolton26211132142-2117
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