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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

  • 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

  • 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

Match ends, Middlesbrough 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 1, Huddersfield Town 0.

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.

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

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Steve Mounie (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

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

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

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

Dangerous play by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Booking

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

Foul by Karlan Grant (Huddersfield Town).

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

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

Booking

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

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

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

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

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lewis O'Brien.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis O'Brien following a corner.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Aynsley Pears.

Attempt saved. Juninho Bacuna (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Karlan Grant.

Booking

Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Lewis O'Brien (Huddersfield Town).

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

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

Foul by Djed Spence (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Marvin Johnson.

Booking

Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Trevoh Chalobah.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Wing.

Attempt missed. Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Djed Spence.

Foul by Danny Simpson (Huddersfield Town).

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

goal

As It Stood

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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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