Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Rochdale 1.
Middlesbrough maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they held on to beat Rochdale and reach the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Boro boss Tony Pulis made 10 changes, with one eye on Friday's top-of-the-table Championship clash with Leeds.
Marvin Johnson and on-loan West Ham striker Jordan Hugill put Boro 2-0 up.
Ryan Delaney halved the deficit late on for the League One side and almost forced penalties when an effort was cleared off the line.
Neither side carried much threat in the first half, but Boro took the lead just before the break with Johnson driving in the rebound after Hugill's header hit the post.
Hugill doubled the lead with a close-range header, his first goal for Boro.
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Rochdale 1.
Attempt missed. Matthew Gillam (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Calvin Andrew (Rochdale).
Attempt missed. M.J. Williams (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt saved. Kgosi Ntlhe (Rochdale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Corner, Rochdale. Conceded by Marvin Johnson.
Attempt saved. Andrew Cannon (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Callum Camps (Rochdale) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Joseph Rafferty (Rochdale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Harry Chapman (Middlesbrough).
Attempt blocked. Matthew Gillam (Rochdale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Stephen Dooley (Rochdale) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Rochdale 1. Ryan Delaney (Rochdale) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Calvin Andrew (Rochdale) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).