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Middlesbrough 3-1 Cardiff City

Gaston Ramirez
Gaton Ramirez has scored one goal in three appearances for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough ended a five-match winless run with a well-deserved win over Cardiff City in the Championship.

Fabio put City ahead with a half-volley from 25 yards, but the hosts levelled when Matthew Connolly turned Gaston Ramirez's header into his own goal.

Ramirez then side-footed Boro into the lead, before Grant Leadbitter had a penalty saved after a trip on Ramirez.

David Nugent sealed the win shortly after, slotting in from close range after good work by Albert Adomah.

Jordan Rhodes, making his first home start since joining Middlesbrough from Blackburn in January, could have given his side an unassailable lead in the first half, as he squandered a host of chances.

Fabio made the hosts pay for their wasteful finishing with a stunning effort after the Teessiders failed to clear a corner, but Connolly's third own goal of the season quickly brought Boro back on terms.

The hosts continued to dominate after the break and got their reward when Rhodes turned provider to set up Ramirez, who coolly slotted home from eight yards out.

Leadbitter's tame penalty was saved by Marshall, but the City keeper could do nothing to prevent substitute Nugent from wrapping up the three points with a right-footed effort moments later.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"Now, we are good again. It was really important for the mentality of the players. Not for me, because I was calm. I know the players and know how good we are, but for them, I think it is important to have won again.

"Hopefully, now we can start a good run again. I was really pleased with them.

"It was difficult, and we conceded a goal even though it wasn't really a chance for them. After that, though, the players had a really good reaction."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade told BBC Radio Wales: "It was a fantastic goal from Fabio.

"It was an absolute wonder goal that gets us in front, but then we almost conspired even before they equalised to help give them a lift and get back in the game.

"And as it happens we've given the ball away - Scott Malone's given the ball away on the half-way line and they've punished us.

"And you can't afford to do that against sides of this calibre away from home and the same happened with the third goal.

"We give it away again on the half-way line and we got punished."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 26Kalas
  • 22Fry
  • 3Friend
  • 34Forshaw
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forde Sartat 90+2'minutes
  • 27Adomah
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forStuaniat 84'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 9RhodesSubstituted forNugentat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5de Laet
  • 10De Pena
  • 16de Sart
  • 18Stuani
  • 23Sola Clemente
  • 25Agazzi
  • 35Nugent

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 3da Silva
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 37Lawrence
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forGunnarssonat 82'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forAmeobiat 73'minutes
  • 13Pilkington
  • 27ImmersSubstituted forZohoreat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 38Ameobi
  • 39Saadi
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
24,322

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home15
Away15
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Cardiff City 1.

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

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Julien de Sart replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Attempt saved. Fabio (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Attempt missed. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Joe Ralls following a set piece situation.

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kenneth Zohore replaces Lex Immers.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Cristhian Stuani replaces Gastón Ramírez.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Cardiff City 1. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aron Gunnarsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).

Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Penalty saved! Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Gastón Ramírez draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Lex Immers.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Adam Forshaw.

Attempt blocked. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Middlesbrough).

Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. David Nugent replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Peter Whittingham.

Attempt missed. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart O'Keefe with a cross.

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

Foul by Matthew Connolly (Cardiff City).

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Dael Fry.

goal

As It Stood

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3Middlesbrough31187642172561
4Brighton331612545341160
5Sheff Wed331412750351554
6Derby321412643281554
7Birmingham3214993930951
8Cardiff33121384337649
9Preston33121293230248
10Ipswich32139104040048
11Brentford33127144651-543
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16Huddersfield33109144445-139
17Leeds32814103035-538
18Fulham33812135154-336
19Blackburn30713102827134
20Bristol City33810152952-2334
21MK Dons3388172645-1932
22Rotherham3375213658-2226
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24Charlton33510182761-3425
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