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Middlesbrough 0-1 Cardiff City

Cardiff City's Joe Bennett tackles Martin Braithwaite
Cardiff City's Joe Bennett tackles Martin Braithwaite

Joe Ralls' penalty earned second-placed Cardiff City a narrow victory over Middlesbrough at The Riverside.

Adama Traore brought Nathaniel Mendez-Laing down in the box six minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Traore was returning to the squad after missing Boro's game with Barnsley because he arrived late for the team bus.

Boro, 11th in the table, have now gone six games without keeping a clean sheet.

Cardiff's Danny Ward was inches away from sliding the ball in from Joe Bennett's early cross, while Britt Assombalonga shot wide from distance for Boro.

Defender Fabio provided attacking impetus for the hosts, but his sorties came to nothing against his former club in a goalless opening period.

A poor Sol Bamba back pass put Cardiff under pressure, although goalkeeper Neil Etheridge salvaged the situation.

Bamba was denied as he tried to turn in a shot, before he headed away Stewart Downing's shot at the other end.

Ward whizzed a shot past a post, but Traore's foul allowed Ralls to send goalkeeper Darren Randolph the wrong way.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"It's clearly a frustrating period. We knew going into the game it wasn't going to be one with a lot of chances because of the way Cardiff set up, so we knew we were going to have to show patience.

"We were in the ascendency and if anyone was going to win, it looked like us, so it was a really harsh result. But that's the period we're in.

"We understand the fans' frustration, but what's very clear is that we stick together. It's easy to lose focus on what the players have done really well, even today there were a lot of good things."

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock said:

"I thought we were super today. We looked like we knew what we were doing and I thought we created some good chances.

"All credit to Wardy (Danny Ward), I thought he did absolutely great for us. I didn't see Joe Ralls take the penalty - I never look.

"I just looked at their fans because if they jumped up cheering I know he will have missed it. I just can't stand looking at penalties."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 4Ayala
  • 6GibsonBooked at 20mins
  • 2Fabio
  • 19DowningSubstituted forTraoréat 78'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 66mins
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forBamfordat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Bamford
  • 20Fry
  • 21Johnson
  • 37Traoré

Cardiff

  • 25Etheridge
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 4Morrison
  • 14BambaBooked at 59mins
  • 2Peltier
  • 21Bryson
  • 8Ralls
  • 3BennettBooked at 39mins
  • 19Mendez-LaingSubstituted forPatersonat 89'minutes
  • 9WardSubstituted forBogleat 90'minutes
  • 33Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 7Tomlin
  • 12Feeney
  • 15Halford
  • 18Paterson
  • 20Damour
  • 28Murphy
  • 30Bogle
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
24,806

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away2
Fouls
Home19
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Cardiff City 1.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Bryson tries a through ball, but David Junior Hoilett is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Omar Bogle replaces Danny Ward.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Callum Paterson replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross.

Attempt missed. David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Mendez-Laing with a cross.

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Cardiff City 1. Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top right corner.

Penalty conceded by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fabio with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

Attempt blocked. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adama Traoré replaces Stewart Downing.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sol Bamba.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Ward (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cyrus Christie with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cyrus Christie.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by David Junior Hoilett following a set piece situation.

Booking

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

Attempt blocked. Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Ecuele Manga.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Danny Ward (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Sean Morrison.

Booking

Sol Bamba (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sol Bamba (Cardiff City).

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Junior Hoilett (Cardiff City).

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

Foul by Lee Peltier (Cardiff City).

goal

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