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Middlesbrough 2-1 Stoke City: Lewis Wing gives Boro comeback victory

Ashley Fletcher
Ashley Fletcher equalised for Middlesbrough with his fifth goal of the season

Middlesbrough fought back against Stoke City to earn a third straight home win and move six points clear of the Potters and the Championship relegation zone.

A dull match came to life in a vibrant second half, triggered by Sam Clucas' opening goal on the rebound for Stoke.

Boro struck back quickly through Ashley Fletcher's header from Jonny Howson's ball over the top, and 14 minutes later Lewis Wing lashed in powerfully from 25 yards to inflict a fourth defeat in six games on the visitors.

Stoke, who have lost five of their past six away matches, are two points from safety and will spend Christmas in the bottom three.

They were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty when Howson appeared to clip Clucas' leg with the score at 1-1 but were grateful to goalkeeper Jack Butland for keeping them in the contest.

The England international brilliantly kept out Daniel Ayala's second-half header, having also done well to save from Fletcher in the first half.

Boro, who were the division's lowest scorers before kick-off with 19 goals from 22 games, grew in confidence after the break.

Wing's powerfully driven low finish sparked joyous celebrations as the early-season gloom around The Riverside continued to clear and Jonathan Woodgate's side moved up to 18th in the table.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees: "It was two different halves. First half we were very disappointing - we lacked energy, drive, enthusiasm.

"Changing the shape for the second half, we were miles better. We kept their full-backs back and I thought we dominated the second half.

"We had five players on the pitch who were under 21 years old. We are a young team but with some very good senior players.

"These players have never stopped playing for me, even through tough defeats. I know these players will fight for me and I will fight for them."

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke: "We had a lot of dominance, particularly in the first half, and we should have done better from that. We weren't as clinical as we could have been.

"We didn't show enough quality in terms of our balls into the box and create enough opportunities for the level of dominance that we had.

"In the second half we deservedly went ahead but to concede so soon afterwards and, ultimately, to concede again, was disappointing as both goals were preventable.

"We were denied a clear-cut penalty but it was a game that really, given where we were and the control we had, we should have won."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 16HowsonBooked at 43mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Fry
  • 29SpenceSubstituted forJohnsonat 78'minutes
  • 22SavilleBooked at 82mins
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forWingat 58'minutes
  • 7Tavernier
  • 33Coulson
  • 11Fletcher
  • 36WalkerSubstituted forGestedeat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 14Gestede
  • 21Johnson
  • 25Wood
  • 26Wing
  • 35O'Neill
  • 37Liddle

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14SmithBooked at 77mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3WardBooked at 21minsSubstituted forPowellat 68'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 24CousinsBooked at 87mins
  • 22ClucasBooked at 59mins
  • 7InceSubstituted forDioufat 88'minutes
  • 19Gregory
  • 11McCleanSubstituted forVokesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 16Davies
  • 18Diouf
  • 20Hogan
  • 25Powell
  • 37Collins
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
18,270

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Stoke City 1.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nick Powell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Gregory.

Offside, Stoke City. Sam Clucas tries a through ball, but Sam Vokes is caught offside.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Tom Ince.

Booking

Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Stoke City).

Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Danny Batth (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Attempt blocked. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tommy Smith.

Booking

George Saville (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marvin Johnson replaces Djed Spence.

Booking

Tommy Smith (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces James McClean because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a cross.

Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Stoke City 1. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier following a fast break.

Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

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

Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Nick Powell replaces Stephen Ward because of an injury.

Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 20th December 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom22147145232249
2Leeds22145335132247
3Preston2211473527837
4Brentford22113833171636
5Sheff Wed22106633201336
6Fulham2210573324935
7Bristol City229853432235
8Nottm Forest219752721634
9Blackburn2210483028234
10Swansea229762927234
11Millwall228952828033
12Cardiff228863432232
13QPR229493542-731
14Hull228683431330
15Birmingham2284102431-728
16Derby226882128-726
17Charlton2266102830-224
18Middlesbrough235992132-1124
19Reading2165102527-223
20Huddersfield2257102434-1022
21Luton2262142846-1820
22Stoke2353152537-1218
23Wigan2246122035-1518
24Barnsley2237122945-1616
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