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Middlesbrough 0-1 Luton Town: Ryan Tunnicliffe volley earns Hatters win

Luton players celebrate goal against Middlesbrough
Ryan Tunnicliffe's (right) goal was his first for Luton

Luton Town made it back-to-back wins in the Championship and ended a run of 12 away defeats in a row as they beat Middlesbrough in stormy conditions at the Riverside.

Ryan Tunnicliffe opened the scoring for the visitors, volleying home Dan Potts' cross after 17 minutes.

Boro substitute Britt Assombalonga went close to an equaliser late on but headed over from six yards.

And Luton held on to end the hosts' ten-match unbeaten run and finish the day four points adrift of fourth from bottom side Stoke City, who lost 4-2 away against QPR.

Luton came into the game looking to win away at Middlesbrough in the league for the first time since December 1972.

But, with Storm Dennis affecting the play at the Riverside, both sides struggled for chances in the opening half - with Tunnicliffe's first goal for the Hatters a rare moment of quality.

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu had a good opportunity to double the lead mid-way through the second half after good work from Kazenga LuaLua, but the midfielder's effort sailed over the bar.

Middlesbrough were unbeaten in their last 10 home games in all competitions, but were uninspiring in front of goal.

Their loss means they are now only six points clear of the relegation zone and without a league win since New Year's Day.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:

"I'm really disappointed about the players not finding more quality on the pitch.

"It was a terrible game, not good enough from our point of view. We were really slow and didn't move the ball quick enough.

At the start of the game, they kept on slowing the game down. They had one shot on target, we had one shot on target. It was a really poor game."

Luton boss Graeme Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I am delighted with the win, I feel like it had been coming.

"All I am interested in is winning matches. All I have said is if we have everyone fit we will win matches and we will be competitive.

"I have a group of players I believe in. It is the first time I have had everyone available.

"The level of performance, effort and mentality was really satisfying today."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 16Howson
  • 18Moukoudi
  • 3Friend
  • 29SpenceSubstituted forGestedeat 69'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 22SavilleSubstituted forAssombalongaat 59'minutes
  • 26WingBooked at 90mins
  • 33Coulson
  • 11Fletcher
  • 20Nmecha

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 5Shotton
  • 7Tavernier
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 14Gestede
  • 15Morrison
  • 21Johnson

Luton

  • 12Sluga
  • 6Pearson
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 5Bradley
  • 3PottsSubstituted forBreeat 71'minutes
  • 2CranieBooked at 38minsSubstituted forReaat 76'minutes
  • 17MpanzuBooked at 78mins
  • 8BerryBooked at 43mins
  • 4Tunnicliffe
  • 25LuaLuaSubstituted forBrownat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 7McManaman
  • 9Hylton
  • 11Shinnie
  • 16Rea
  • 24Brown
  • 26Bree
  • 36Shea
Referee:
Jarred Gillett
Attendance:
19,734

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Luton Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Luton Town 1.

Booking

Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Isaiah Brown (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Hayden Coulson.

Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Hayden Coulson.

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

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Glen Rea.

Foul by Harold Moukoudi (Middlesbrough).

Luke Berry (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town).

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

Foul by Luke Berry (Luton Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Isaiah Brown replaces Kazenga LuaLua.

Attempt missed. Luke Berry (Luton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. Glen Rea replaces Martin Cranie.

Attempt blocked. Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hayden Coulson.

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

Foul by James Collins (Luton Town).

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Hayden Coulson with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Martin Cranie.

Substitution

Substitution, Luton Town. James Bree replaces Dan Potts because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Hayden Coulson with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Djed Spence.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Djed Spence (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dan Potts (Luton Town).

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Dan Potts (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Potts.

Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).

Kazenga LuaLua (Luton Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

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