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Middlesbrough 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Alvaro Negredo
Alvaro Negredo scored his seventh goal of the season for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough came back from a goal down but were left frustrated as a resilient West Brom claimed a point at the Riverside Stadium.

The in-form Baggies started the game stronger and took the lead from their first attack as James Morrison fired home from long range after the home side had failed to clear a free-kick.

But Boro levelled soon after through Alvaro Negredo's penalty after the Spain striker had been fouled in the box by Gareth McAuley.

From that point on, Aitor Karanka's side looked the more likely to win the game, although West Brom hit the woodwork three times through Craig Dawson's header and, in the same attack, a Matt Phillips header and Salomon Rondon shot.

The two dropped points were made even worse for Middlesbrough by wins for relegation rivals Swansea and Crystal Palace.

The results leave Boro, who are now without a win in six Premier League games, just two points above the bottom three.

West Brom, who had the chances to claim three points themselves, stay eighth, but have missed out on the chance to put pressure on Everton above them.

Wasted chance for frustrated Karanka

Aitor Karanka (left)
Aitor Karanka's side have 21 points from 23 Premier League matches, leaving them 15th

The result will only add to the seemingly ever-increasing frustration of Middlesbrough boss Karanka.

The Spaniard, who missed a game last season amid reports he was considering his position before returning to lead the club to promotion, has been critical of both their fans and board in recent weeks.

Clearly unhappy at the lack of transfer activity this window, Karanka's point was somewhat made for him by a display that highlighted just where the weaknesses lie.

They are strong at the back, industrious in the centre of midfield and have a source of chances out wide in Adama Traore - but they remain the division's lowest-scoring side with 18.

Negredo now has six of those after his penalty, but they do not have another natural goalscorer in their side.

For all their possession - 62% of it in the match - the biggest tests Albion keeper Ben Foster faced was to tip away goal-bound attempted clearances from two of his own players, Allan Nyom and Darren Fletcher.

For the second game running, Karanka sent on new attacking signings Rudy Gestede and Patrick Bamford, but neither were able to affect the game.

Poor finishing costs Baggies

West Brom shots v Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough had five shots on target (green), five off target (red) and six blocked (yellow)

With 19 senior players at his disposal, Tony Pulis has a legitimate claim to the most threadbare squad in the top flight.

It is no surprise that speculation linked the Baggies with a striker during the closing stages of the transfer window as they lack a proven, game-changing attacking option if Matt Phillips and Salomon Rondon have an off day, which was the case on Tuesday.

Things were looking good after Fletcher teed up Morrison to fire them ahead, but after Boro's equaliser the game could have gone either way - but the fact the visitors did not win was largely down to poor finishing.

Dawson capitalised further on Boro's vulnerability at set-pieces to place a header too close to Valdes, who palmed the effort on to the post.

In one extraordinary moment, an unmarked Phillips stooped low to head a cross against the base of the post before Rondon fired the follow-up against the other upright and wide.

Analysis

Former England winger Trevor Sinclair on Match of the Day:

"It is a definite penalty. Negredo uses his body well, he's clever by stepping across the ball. McAuley goes genuinely for ball but his foot is too high and he takes the man out."

Man of the match - Adama Traore (Middlesbrough)

Adama Traore
Quick and direct, Adama Traore was Middlesbrough's brightest attacking player. With more alert fellow forward players he could have had numerous assists in the match

Baggies unbeaten in five at Boro - match stats

  • Middlesbrough have now drawn nine Premier League games this term, the most of any team in the division
  • The Baggies are unbeaten in their past five trips to Middlesbrough, drawing three, after a run of 18 games without a win there in all competitions.
  • Alvaro Negredo is the first Middlesbrough player to have been involved in 10 goals in a Premier League season since Tuncay Sanli (11) in 2008-09.
  • West Brom conceded in their 11th consecutive away league game, their longest run since March 2014 (also 11).
  • James Morrison netted his fourth Premier League goal of the season, his best return since 2012-13, when he scored five.
  • Adam Clayton created four chances in this game - no Middlesbrough player has created more in a Premier League game this season.

What they said...

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "It was a good point. We had chances to score and have conceded a goal in a way we knew. It is frustrating.

"West Brom are a strong team and we played with everything. I am proud of the players. As a coach, they have done everything.

"We had the game under control against a strong team. A point is fair for everybody. The opponent have a lot of experience and good players. Sometimes you can't stop them."

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Karanka 'proud' of Middlesbrough attitude

West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "The penalty changed the course of the first half. We were comfortable and had chances to get a second.

"I don't think it is a penalty. Negredo is a big lad and puts himself about. He drops his body in the way of Gareth McAuley. The ref has to be 110% certain to give it. It knocked us. Boro came into it.

"Second half we create enough chances to win the game. It wasn't going to be our night."

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Pulis questions Boro penalty decision

What next?

West Brom host Stoke at 15:00 GMT on Saturday, while Middlesbrough travel to second-placed Tottenham the same day for a 17:30 kick-off.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 26Valdés
  • 17Barragán
  • 5BernardoBooked at 45mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 2da Silva
  • 14de Roon
  • 8Clayton
  • 34Forshaw
  • 37Traoré
  • 10NegredoBooked at 51minsSubstituted forGestedeat 87'minutes
  • 18StuaniSubstituted forBamfordat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 11Fischer
  • 19Downing
  • 20Bamford
  • 29Gestede

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 2Nyom
  • 25DawsonBooked at 89mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 11Brunt
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 22ChadliSubstituted forMcCleanat 59'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 10Phillips
  • 9RondónSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Olsson
  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 8Livermore
  • 13Myhill
  • 14McClean
  • 45Leko
  • 47Field
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
27,316

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, West Bromwich Albion 1.

Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Matt Phillips with a cross.

Booking

Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Álvaro Negredo.

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt tries a through ball, but Matt Phillips is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu following a set piece situation.

Foul by Bernardo (Middlesbrough).

Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by James McClean.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Víctor Valdés.

Attempt saved. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Claudio Yacob.

Attempt blocked. Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

Attempt blocked. James McClean (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Morrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford replaces Cristhian Stuani.

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

Foul by James McClean (West Bromwich Albion).

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Salomón Rondón.

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

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

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

Foul by Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt blocked. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Negredo (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Foul by Nyom (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James McClean replaces Nacer Chadli.

Attempt saved. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ben Foster.

Salomón Rondón (West Bromwich Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box.

goal

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2Tottenham23138245162947
3Arsenal23145451252647
4Liverpool23137352282446
5Man City22134543281543
6Man Utd22118333211241
7Everton22106633231036
8West Brom239683129233
9Burnley2392122533-829
10Stoke227782834-628
11West Ham2284102936-728
12Southampton2376102328-527
13Watford2376102739-1227
14Bournemouth2375113241-926
15Middlesbrough2349101926-721
16Leicester2356122438-1421
17Swansea2363142852-2421
18Crystal Palace2354143241-919
19Sunderland2344152042-2216
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