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Middlesbrough 1-0 Sunderland

By Steve MarshallBBC Sport
Marcus Tavernier scores
Marcus Tavernier scored his first Boro goal in last month's EFL Cup defeat at Bournemouth

Middlesbrough climbed to fifth in the Championship with victory over managerless Sunderland, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Teenager Marcus Tavernier tucked in his first league goal from close range early on to give Boro victory.

Sunderland, who sacked boss Simon Grayson on Tuesday, created chances.

But home keeper Darren Randolph produced a fine double save to keep out Didier Ndong and Lewis Grabban, and denied Lee Cattermole.

Boro, who made it four straight Tees-Wear derby wins for the first time since February 2003, had other openings too, with Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite and Stewart Downing all forcing saves out of Sunderland goalkeeper Robbin Ruiter.

However, 18-year-old Tavernier's neat finish from Braithwaite's cross on his full home league debut was enough to secure a third successive league win for Boro and extend Sunderland's winless run to 14 games.

That goal came moments after Randolph's superb reaction stop to deny Grabban after he could only push away Ndong's 25-yard drive, while Aiden McGeady twice fired off target for the visitors.

The Black Cats, who slipped to the foot of the table after Bolton beat Norwich on Saturday, have made the worst start of any side in the second tier who were relegated from the Premier League the previous season, taking just 10 points from their opening 16 games.

That record prompted American owner and chairman Ellis Short to admit on Friday that the club have "a bit of a crisis to solve right now", with Sunderland expected to replace caretakers Billy McKinlay and Robbie Stockdale with an experienced manager before the home game with Millwall on 18 November.

Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk told BBC Tees:

"Derbies aren't the prettiest games a lot of the time but the main thing is you win.

"The biggest moment of quality in the game was our goal, with the build-up and its execution, and if anything deserved to win the game, that bit of quality did.

"Marcus Tavernier will get stronger with time and experience but we've been delighted with him. He's deserved his chance and he's done very well, and today is a memory that will live with him forever."

Sunderland joint-caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale told BBC Newcastle:

"At some point this season we've got to make the big moments count in our favour and too many times this season we haven't done that.

"The keeper has made a fantastic save [from Grabban] and it could be a different game.

"I thought the shape of the team was good and I thought at time we looked a real threat, but the big moments have to be better from us."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Randolph
  • 22ChristieBooked at 63mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forForshawat 85'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 19Downing
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 62TavernierSubstituted forJohnsonat 64'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forFletcherat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 2da Silva
  • 5Shotton
  • 18Fletcher
  • 21Johnson
  • 34Forshaw
  • 37Traoré

Sunderland

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 25Ruiter
  • 2JonesBooked at 17minsSubstituted forMatthewsat 27'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 36WilsonBooked at 75mins
  • 3Oviedo
  • 17NdongSubstituted forHoneymanat 55'minutes
  • 24Gibson
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 44mins
  • 19McGeadyBooked at 60mins
  • 4McNairSubstituted forWilliamsat 77'minutes
  • 11Grabban

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 7Williams
  • 8Rodwell
  • 13McManaman
  • 21Matthews
  • 26Honeyman
  • 27Gooch
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
29,277

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sunderland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Sunderland 0.

  3. Post update

    George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

    Jonathan Williams (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough).

  7. Post update

    Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).

  8. Post update

    Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Williams (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Forshaw replaces Grant Leadbitter.

  14. Post update

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Ashley Fletcher replaces Britt Assombalonga.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross.

  18. Post update

    George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jonathan Williams replaces Paddy McNair.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves16112329151435
2Sheff Utd16110524141033
3Cardiff169432213931
4Bristol City1686226161030
5Middlesbrough167542113826
6Aston Villa167542215726
7Derby157442319425
8Ipswich158072622424
9Nottm Forest168082526-124
10Leeds167272419523
11Sheff Wed166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Norwich166461520-522
14Preston165651919021
15QPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull164482830-216
21Burton163491031-2113
22Birmingham163310825-1712
23Bolton162591329-1611
24Sunderland161782031-1110
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