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Middlesbrough 2-1 Bristol City

George Friend goal
George Friend heads in Middlesbrough's first-half equaliser

Middlesbrough boosted their play-off chances and dented Bristol City's hopes of making the top six as they came from behind to beat the Robins.

Milan Djuric acrobatically slotted in to give City an early lead, before George Friend equalised with a header.

Daniel Ayala headed in the winner after the break to move Boro up to fifth.

But the game was marred by a first-half collision between Boro striker Patrick Bamford and Robins defender Aiden Flint which saw Bamford stretchered off.

Bamford received 10 minutes of attention by medics on the pitch, before he was carried from the field receiving oxygen. Flint was unscathed.

Derby County's surprise defeat at Burton Albion and the draw between Sheffield United and Millwall did Bristol City a slight favour, but they are now four points outside the Championship play-offs with three games left.

Boro, who are looking for an immediate return to the Premier League, finish the campaign against Derby, Millwall and Ipswich.

Bristol City, now down to 10th, have a slightly easier run in on paper as they take on Hull and Nottingham Forest before ending the season at home to Sheffield United.

Bamford's injury, which resulted in 11 minutes of added time at the end of the first half, had seemed to take the sting out of the game until central defender Ayala beat Flint to the ball from a corner to score the crucial goal.

Just four points separate fifth place and 10th, with the play-off race set to go down to the wire.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis talking to BBC Tees:

"(Watching) the first half I really felt disappointed as a manager. Second half they were fantastic.

"The team has been very up and down at times, but I felt today we had a settled performance.

"I'm pleased with the result of course but I'm more pleased with the application from the players."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson:

"I thought Middlesbrough were better then us at decision making,

"We absolutely worked our socks off, the boys gave everything.

On Bristol City's promotion push: "We have to do everything we can to win maximum points, we know we can win any one game on our day.

"We've got to win our last three games. We've got to get to 74 points to have at least half a chance."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25RandolphBooked at 90mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3FriendBooked at 19mins
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 56mins
  • 27BesicBooked at 9mins
  • 37TraoréSubstituted forCranieat 90+3'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forAssombalongaat 34'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forFabioat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 2Fabio
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14Cranie
  • 20Fry
  • 23Harrison
  • 30Baker

Bristol City

  • 1Fielding
  • 3Bryan
  • 4Flint
  • 6Baker
  • 25KellySubstituted forO'Dowdaat 67'minutes
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21PackBooked at 77mins
  • 7Smith
  • 14ReidBooked at 45mins
  • 22DjuricSubstituted forPisanoat 45'minutes
  • 9DiedhiouSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 10Taylor
  • 11O'Dowda
  • 15Steele
  • 19Eliasson
  • 23Magnusson
  • 28O'Neil
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
24,812

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Bristol City 1.

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

Foul by Aden Flint (Bristol City).

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Martin Cranie replaces Adama Traoré.

Booking

Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Bobby Reid (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Aden Flint with a headed pass.

Foul by Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough).

Eros Pisano (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Joe Bryan (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Brownhill.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Fabio replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Foul by Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough).

Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Eros Pisano (Bristol City).

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Bryan (Bristol City).

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Matty Taylor (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Adama Traoré is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol City).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Bristol City 1. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Callum O'Dowda replaces Lloyd Kelly.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Matty Taylor replaces Famara Diedhiou.

Hand ball by Marlon Pack (Bristol City).

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

Attempt blocked. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Bobby Reid.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff42258964352983
3Fulham432313773423182
4Aston Villa4323101067402779
5Middlesbrough432091461421969
6Millwall4318151055401569
7Derby4218141061431868
8Preston431715115445966
9Sheff Utd43199155850866
10Brentford4317141259481165
11Bristol City4317141260501065
12Ipswich43168195154-356
13Norwich431414154654-856
14Leeds43159195461-754
15QPR431411185465-1153
16Sheff Wed431214175159-850
17Nottm Forest42147214560-1549
18Hull431114186462247
19Reading431013204863-1543
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton43913213666-3040
22Barnsley42814204463-1938
23Burton43811243378-4535
24Sunderland43616214776-2934
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