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Middlesbrough 1-0 Huddersfield: Spence scores as Boro leapfrog Terriers

Djed Spence celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough against Huddersfield
Djed Spence (right) celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough

Teenager Djed Spence scored his first professional goal as Middlesbrough overcame Huddersfield to leapfrog the Terriers in the Championship table.

Defender Spence, 19, starting a league game for Boro for just the fourth time, combined with Ashley Fletcher to convert a clinical breakaway goal.

Jon Gorenc Stankovic should have levelled for Danny Cowley's visitors on the hour, only for the Slovenian to head over from a corner.

The athletic Fletcher would have doubled Boro's lead but for a smart Kamil Grabara save as the home side held on to win back-to-back matches.

Victory means Jonathan Woodgate's side continue their climb up the table, with the Teesiders up to 18th after what was their fourth-straight home league win.

Boro, who remain winless away from home in the league this season, end the calendar year with Sunday's trip to leaders West Brom.

Defeat for Huddersfield ended a run of three unbeaten for the Terriers, who will also reflect on Juninho Bacuna's effort which was repelled by home goalkeeper Aynsley Pears.

Cowley's side have now slipped back to within four points of the relegation zone and host Blackburn, also on Sunday, next.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:

"I thought we deserved to win the game. They had good possession but they didn't really hurt us with it.

"We have two difficult away games now, but I'm really pleased for the lads - the energy we showed in that game - that's what we want.

"I was over the moon for Djed. He needs to keep on pushing on now."

Huddersfield manager Danny Cowley told BBC Radio Leeds:

"I don't think it's a game we should have lost. We did enough to get something from it.

"This is football, we have to suck up the disappointment. If I'm honest, at times we were quite naive - especially when Jonathan Hogg came off.

"Some of ours young players are three of four hundred professional games behind him [Hogg]."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 5-4-1

  • 42Pears
  • 29Spence
  • 16HowsonBooked at 43mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Fry
  • 33Coulson
  • 21JohnsonSubstituted forGestedeat 79'minutes
  • 26Wing
  • 22SavilleBooked at 88mins
  • 7Tavernier
  • 11FletcherBooked at 64mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 8Clayton
  • 14Gestede
  • 25Wood
  • 27Bola
  • 36Walker
  • 37Liddle

Huddersfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1GrabaraBooked at 77mins
  • 17Simpson
  • 26Schindler
  • 27Stankovic
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 6HoggSubstituted forO'Brienat 24'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 8Chalobah
  • 9Kachunga
  • 7BacunaBooked at 43mins
  • 16GrantBooked at 90mins
  • 24Mounie

Substitutes

  • 13Coleman
  • 19Koroma
  • 28Brown
  • 35Edmonds-Green
  • 38Duhaney
  • 39O'Brien
  • 41Daly
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
25,313

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elias Kachunga with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Djed Spence.

  11. Post update

    Trevoh Chalobah (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Dangerous play by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

  13. Booking

    Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

  15. Post update

    Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

  17. Booking

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

  18. Post update

    Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1West Brom24149147252251
2Leeds24146437162148
3Brentford24124837191840
4Sheff Wed24116736231339
5Fulham24116738281039
6Preston2411673628839
7Nottm Forest2310763023737
8Swansea2410773130137
9Blackburn2410683129236
10Bristol City249873636035
11Cardiff2481063533234
12Millwall2481063031-134
13Hull249693733433
14QPR2495103745-832
15Reading2385102927229
16Birmingham2485112535-1029
17Charlton2477103334-128
18Derby246992232-1027
19Middlesbrough246992232-1027
20Huddersfield2467112636-1025
21Stoke2463152839-1121
22Luton2463153150-1921
23Barnsley2448123247-1520
24Wigan2448122136-1520
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