M’boro vs Reading
Sky Bet Ch’ship
۳:۰۰pm Saturday 14th September
Middlesbrough celebrated their 500th league match since Marvin Johnson’s second-half strike secured a 1-0 win over Reading in fashion at the Riverside.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side were triumphant as they maintained their Sky Bet Championship success of the year twenty-four years following the Teessiders started their new life away from Ayresome Park using a 2-0 win over Chelsea.
Johnson’s free-kick settled things, although Middlesbrough were indebted to goalkeeper Darren Randolph.
Reading boss Jose Gomes opted to fall striker George Puscas into the seat and he was not able to match his team-mate’s goalscoring hazard , while the Romanian’s substitute enjoyed a fair first half.
Having broken up into the side of the area on, Ryan Shotton blocked Meite’s shot, along with the Ivory Coast faltered after in the halfdrilling a low shot at Randolph after exploiting some hesitancy from Marc Bola.
Randolph created a first-half rescue from John Swift, before the rest with Middlesbrough creating chances of their own, but it was not one-way traffic.
The top fell to Paddy McNair but his shot was directed too close to Rafael Cabral, together with the Reading goalkeeper getting down well to save while the Northern Irishman did well to break into the box in the right.
It was a day when the two goalkeepers impressed along with another intervention that is important was made by Randolph .
Liverpool loanee Evie Ojaria fired at a sharp drive as he rescued to his abandoned, why he is regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers outside of the Premier League, but Randolph emphasized.
As 10 minutes Middlesbrough maintained the guide it established a second. Michael Morrison fouled Ashley Fletcher close allowing a free-kick to be whipped in by Johnson.
Fletcher lunged at the ball and he unsighted Cabral, who could only watch as the ball stuck in the corner of the net, if he didn’t make any contact.
Boro almost promised a second moments later but since Lewis Wing because he dribbled past two men to the box engineered a opportunity, his effort was blocked with a fine.
Reading came close to an equaliser with nine minutes left, although because he fired in a shot which Cabral turned around the place johnson threatened to widen the home side’s lead. Swift was going in until Randolph tipped the ball over the top.
The goalkeeper of boro has been the important figure in the final stages, with two magnificent saves securing his side all three points.
Displaying agility, Randolph turned the front-post header around the post of Lucas Joao before withdrawing off another goal-bound effort.
Jonathan Woodgate:”I thought we deserved to win it. We stood strong, although I believed they piled on the pressure. Like I mentioned at the week , we needed to find that that belief steel and I thought we did this.
“I thought we needed to win the match. I thought we all may have been a few goals up and looked really dangerous. It was deserved, and I was pleased for the lads, they gave me everything.”
Jose Gomes:”Puscas, Joao and Pele didn’t start. Pele and Puscas had went for their national group, but that wasn’t the reason. The reason was I did not enjoy the way that they played in the game.
“I’ve got six strikers, they’re all fantastic players, and they should constantly fight for their own position. They have to give and it is my responsibility as their manager to need that. Should they don’t give the maximum they can, in my opinion, then we’ve got very good quality players who could replace them play.”
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