Middlesbrough have made an impressive start to the season and look set for a successful second half. They have an opportunity to get back on track in tonight’s match against Bristol City, though it is far from certain that they will triumph.
Karanka’s side were the superior side in the first half, yet failed to find a decisive strike. However, Boro came alive in the second with an inspiring performance and earned their point.
Aitor Karanka’s side were the better side in the first half but lacked a killer touch
Boro were the better side in the first half, yet lacked a killer touch. Daniel Ayala came close to scoring from a free kick before Grant Leadbitter rattled the woodwork from a free kick and Ben Osborn hit the inside of the post again in the second half.
Everton enjoyed a good spell of possession and were able to exert pressure on the hosts’ backline, with Barkley making good progress and going close with a shot that was charged down; Bolasie also dropped a header into the net; Coleman picked up the ball near the edge of the box and showed his speed by skipping along before unleashing an explosive shot from just inside the area.
Forest rarely threatened, with Ward providing a moment of quality in the second half as he lashed past Dimi Konstantopoulos. But Aitor Karanka’s side, who lost 1-0 at Hull City on Wednesday, once again failed to find that extra touch in the final third to secure all three points.
Ayala’s late winner
Daniel Ayala’s late header secured a 1-0 victory for Blackburn Rovers to lift them above Swansea City in the Championship play-offs. Ayala took advantage of some poor defending late on to draw Blackburn level on points with Millwall.
Middlesbrough kept up their promotion push with a crucial draw against Bristol City. After falling behind early on, Chuba Akpom scored his second of his brace to earn them a point and keep Middlesbrough on track for promotion.
Boro had come from behind to defeat Sheffield United midweek, and this victory provided them with a huge lift. Though four points behind the top six, they had played one more game than their rivals and looked the better team in the opening half of play. It proved to be one of those rare games where Boro were clearly the superior side early on.
Karanka made several changes from his starting eleven against Fulham and was pleased with how his side performed in this game. While they lacked the goal threat they’d displayed against Leeds, they still controlled possession and created plenty of scoring chances.
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Aitor Karanka’s side were the better side in the second half but lacked a killer touch
Karanka’s side were the better team in the second half, yet were lacking a killer touch. After failing to capitalize on an ineffective defense throughout the first half, Boro finally scored through Aaron Ramsey’s diving header to level matters.
Bristol City looked every bit as dangerous in the second period, yet Boro kept pushing forward to break down a stubborn Blues team who preferred to sit back. That gave Kodjia room to move at his usual fast pace and he almost scored when Reid sent in a rebound after Wilbraham’s initial shot was blocked.
Despite a nerve-wracking finish, Aitor Karanka’s side put in an impressive performance. He boasts an impressive managerial pedigree–having been the assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid and Jupp Heynckes at Athletic Bilbao–and this manager firmly believes Middlesbrough can return to the top flight.
Boro’s quick comeback secures draw
Boro’s second half comeback secured a 2-2 draw against Bristol City, ending their run of two consecutive Championship losses and leaving Aitor Karanka’s side eight points away from automatic promotion places.
Ashton Gate provided an ideal setting to watch some football. Both sides put on impressive displays and there were several memorable moments.
At the start of the match, Aden Flint fired home a goal from a corner kick.
Aaron Ramsey displayed remarkable skill as he scored with a diving header.
Harry Cornick’s midfield display was one of the team’s standouts, but none quite compare to that of Harry Cornick himself. The Welshman dazzled with his quick one-two passes and impressive dribbling skills to beat opponents on the run.
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