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Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City: Adam Webster gives Robins important win

Adam Webster

Bristol City produced a resolute away display to condemn Championship play-off rivals Middlesbrough to a fifth successive defeat and strengthen their own push for a place in the top six.

Boro, who have only won once at home in the league in 2019, were booed off the pitch at full-time, with some supporters chanting for manager Tony Pulis to be sacked.

His team had occupied a top-six spot since 9 August prior to Saturday's defeat by leaders Norwich City, but they are now two points adrift of the play-off places with seven matches to play.

Defender Adam Webster scored City's winner before half-time, rising highest to guide Jay Dasilva's corner past goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Lee Johnson's side, who still have a game in hand on the majority of the teams around them in the table, are now fifth after back-to-back away wins at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough.

They were forced to withstand long periods of pressure at the Riverside but Boro, who have lost five league games in a row for the first time since 2013, could not find a breakthrough.

The hosts twice hit the woodwork, through Jonny Howson and Britt Assombalonga, while Robins defenders Bailey Wright and Tomas Kalas both cleared efforts off their own goalline.

Captain Wright managed to hook a header from Assombalonga - who had already had a goal disallowed for offside - away from danger, before Kalas prevented what looked a certain equaliser from Ashley Fletcher.

At the other end, Marlon Pack squandered Bristol City's best chance to kill the game when, having exchanged passes with Dasilva, he could only place his shot narrowly wide.

After propelling themselves into play-off contention with a seven-match winning sequence at the start of the year, five games without a victory before Saturday meant the Robins looked more likely to miss out.

But they were able to back up their eye-catching win at Bramall Lane with another fine victory on the road four days later and face Wigan Athletic at home in their next fixture.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 5ShottonSubstituted forWingat 52'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 2Mikel
  • 22SavilleBooked at 66minsSubstituted forBesicat 83'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forHugillat 83'minutes
  • 18Fletcher
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Hugill
  • 26Wing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 37Besic

Bristol City

  • 24O'Leary
  • 22Kalas
  • 5Wright
  • 4WebsterBooked at 49mins
  • 32HuntBooked at 86mins
  • 8Brownhill
  • 21PackBooked at 66mins
  • 20PatersonSubstituted forKellyat 76'minutes
  • 3Dasilva
  • 14WeimannSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutesSubstituted forBakerat 89'minutes
  • 9Diedhiou

Substitutes

  • 2Pisano
  • 6Baker
  • 7Smith
  • 10Taylor
  • 17Kelly
  • 19Eliasson
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
21,016

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home23
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Bristol City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Bristol City 1.

Attempt missed. Josh Brownhill (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Famara Diedhiou.

Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Muhamed Besic with a cross.

Offside, Bristol City. Jay Dasilva tries a through ball, but Josh Brownhill is caught offside.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

Tomas Kalas (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Nathan Baker replaces Korey Smith because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Korey Smith (Bristol City) because of an injury.

Booking

Jack Hunt (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Hunt (Bristol City).

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

Lloyd Kelly (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Muhamed Besic replaces George Saville.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Wing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Marlon Pack.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bailey Wright.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Bailey Wright (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol City. Lloyd Kelly replaces Jamie Paterson.

Foul by Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough).

Jamie Paterson (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Saville.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by George Friend.

Attempt missed. Marlon Pack (Bristol City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jay Dasilva with a through ball.

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

Foul by Jay Dasilva (Bristol City).

Booking

George Saville (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Marlon Pack (Bristol City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bristol City. Conceded by George Friend.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Darren Randolph tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Korey Smith (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

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