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Brentford 1-2 Middlesbrough: Boro hold on to move back to second

Marcus Tavernier
Middlesbrough's victory kept them within two points of leaders Norwich

Middlesbrough returned to second in the Championship as they held off a late Brentford fightback to win at Griffin Park.

After a relatively quiet, goalless first half, Jordan Hugill tapped in to put the visitors in front.

When Marcus Tavernier's downward header doubled the lead soon afterwards, the points looked safe, but Alan Judge fired in to pull one back for Brentford.

A tense finale followed but Darren Randolph did well to save from the Bees' Josh Da Silva as Boro claimed back-to-back victories.

The hosts, for whom defeat was their fifth in six games, had chances to level after Judge's effort, but Sergi Canos' low shot lacked the power to trouble Randolph.

Then Boro, who are the only Championship side to have still conceded fewer than 10 league goals this term, should have added a late third only for Lewis Wing to place wide from close range.

But Tony Pulis' men had already capitalised with two goals in five minutes during their best spell of the match, as first Hugill tucked in after Jonny Howson chested the ball down in the area and then Tavernier diverted home Dael Fry's fine right-wing cross.

They remain unbeaten on their travels since a loss to now leaders Norwich on 15 September, while out-of-form Brentford have won just once in all competitions at home or away since the same date.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank:

"We dominated the game but you have to defend well in crucial situations, and although they were happy to sit back we needed to open the game up.

"Middlesbrough are a big team and are favourites to go up, and we matched and were better than them for much of the game. But we also need to be more aware offensively with our final balls and decision making.

"When we have Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins fit we have enough quality to score goals, but in the meantime we need the rest of the boys to help out," he said.

"They are working hard and showing big heart and if we keep showing that then I am not in any doubt that we will get out of this spell."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"This is a very difficult place to come, it's a very tight ground and they move the ball around really well. They are a good side so this is a very good win.

"I've been here a lot and it's not a ground you look forward to playing at under the lights, so it's pleasing that we came and did a very tight, professional job.

"Once we were two up I thought we could have consolidated and looked to add to it, but we fell back a little and that allowed them to get back into the game which was disappointing.

"But we were resilient, well organised and always posed a threat going forward, so I can't complain too much about the outcome."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 1Bentley
  • 22Dalsgaard
  • 26Konsa
  • 6MephamBooked at 90mins
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forHenryat 87'minutes
  • 10McEachranSubstituted forMarcondesat 64'minutes
  • 8Yennaris
  • 7Canos
  • 4MacLeodSubstituted forDa Silvaat 74'minutes
  • 18Judge
  • 9Maupay

Substitutes

  • 3Henry
  • 14Da Silva
  • 17Marcondes
  • 20Clarke
  • 28Daniels
  • 29Barbet
  • 36Oksanen

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 24FlintBooked at 49mins
  • 6Batth
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 37BesicSubstituted forSavilleat 79'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forWingat 87'minutes
  • 11HugillBooked at 29mins
  • 28TavernierSubstituted forAyalaat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
John Brooks
Attendance:
9,430

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 1, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Middlesbrough 2.

Booking

Chris Mepham (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Chris Mepham (Brentford).

Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Josh Da Silva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Rico Henry.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala replaces Marcus Tavernier.

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Saville.

Foul by Alan Judge (Brentford).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing replaces Stewart Downing.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Rico Henry replaces Moses Odubajo.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Josh Da Silva (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nico Yennaris.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sergi Canos with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. George Saville replaces Muhamed Besic.

Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neal Maupay.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 1, Middlesbrough 2. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Da Silva following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Josh Da Silva replaces Lewis MacLeod.

Attempt saved. Sergi Canos (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Chris Mepham.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt saved. Neal Maupay (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Judge.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Lewis MacLeod (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emiliano Marcondes.

Attempt saved. Emiliano Marcondes (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Emiliano Marcondes replaces Josh McEachran.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 0, Middlesbrough 2. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dael Fry with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nico Yennaris (Brentford) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Neal Maupay (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis MacLeod following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich18113432211136
2Middlesbrough189722191234
3Leeds1896331171433
4West Brom1894539261331
5Sheff Utd189452921831
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR188372024-427
9Swansea187562017326
10Blackburn186842125-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham175932320324
13Stoke185852122-123
14Bristol City186482021-122
15Brentford185672825321
16Preston185673031-121
17Wigan186391926-721
18Sheff Wed185582232-1020
19Rotherham184771625-919
20Reading184592429-517
21Millwall184592330-717
22Bolton184591224-1217
23Hull1844101626-1016
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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