Saturday 4 October 2014, 3:00pm at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough
2
Reach 46'; Adomah 82'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

46' Goal

Adam Reach
Assist by Lee Tomlin

82' Goal

Albert Adomah
Assist by Kike

18' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jelle Vossen
Off:Lee Tomlin

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean Whitehead
Off:Kike

90'+4 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Emilio Nsue Lopez
Off:Adam Reach

64' Yellow Card

Dan Burn Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Konstantinos Stafylidis

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Bryan Ruiz

78' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Matt Smith
Off:Fernando Amorebieta

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Fulham's winning run came to an end on Teesside as two second half goals earned Middlesbrough a 2-0 win.

Fulham’s winning run came to an end on Teesside as two second half goals earned Middlesbrough a 2-0 win.

Chances were at a premium in the first period, but it took less than a minute for the hosts to go in front after the interval when Adam Reach reacted quickly to slot in from close range.

The Whites then had the better of things, in terms of both possession and chances, most notably when Tim Hoogland’s header came off the bar.

But it was Boro who grabbed the crucial second goal when a devastating counter attack was finished off by Albert Adomah, making the mountain in front of Fulham too big to climb.

Symons named an unchanged 18 from the side that comfortably saw off the challenge of Bolton Wanderers in midweek.

Fulham started well and won a corner within 40 seconds when Fernando Amorebieta’s clever cross with the outside of his left boot was put behind, but Bryan Ruiz’s set-piece came to nothing.

But it was the hosts who came closest to opening the scoring in the early stages when Adomah ghosted into the six yard box on 12 minutes to get a toe on Ryan Fredericks’ low cross, but could only poke his effort onto the post.

Boro had grown into the game and another half chance came their way on 20 minutes, but Kike’s shot deflected kindly into the arms of Marcus Bettinelli.

At the end of what was a half of few chances, Middlesbrough could have gone into the interval in front when another dangerous Fredericks ball in evaded everyone, but thankfully couldn’t be popped into the net by a red shirt.

It took just 40 seconds for Boro to break the deadlock after the restart, though. Fulham failed to clear their lines and Lee Tomlin’s overhead fell kindly to Reach who beat his man to slot in from close range.

Buoyed by that goal, they almost doubled their advantage two minutes later when a quality Adomah cross was met by Reach at the far stick, but the winger could only glance his header onto the post.

Kike had a great chance to put his side firmly in control of the game on 54 minutes when the ball dropped to him five yards from goal following a corner, but a combination of Nikolay Bodurov and Kostas Stafylidis put him off sufficiently and his effort deflected wide.

Symons made his first change of the game just before the hour mark, sending George Williams on in place of Stafylidis.

Fulham went as close as they’d gone all game on 61 minutes when a brilliant cross from Ross McCormack was met by Hoogland, but his flicked header cracked against the crossbar.

That gave the Whites confidence and they were presented with another opening five minutes later when Williams’ lobbed ball over the top was chased down by Hugo Rodallega, but he was stretching as he went to shoot and his effort cleared the bar.

With 20 minutes to go, Patrick Roberts was thrown into the action, taking the place of Ruiz.

Lasse Vigen Christensen then thought he’d grabbed his second goal of the week when his low strike looked as if it was set to nestle in the bottom corner, only for Dani Ayala to make a brilliant block on the line.

Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos was called into action to beat away McCormack’s free-kick on 74 minutes at his near post, as Fulham continued to pile on the pressure.

Symons made his final change of the afternoon on 78 minutes as defender Amorebieta – who had picked up a knock – made way for striker Matt Smith.

With Fulham knocking on the door, they were dealt a sucker-punch on 82 minutes as Boro doubled their lead. Having absorbed loads of pressure, the home side were awarded an opportunity to counter and did so to clinical effect when Adomah tucked the ball beyond Bettinelli after being picked out by Kike.

Boro had chances to sew the result up late on as substitute Jelle Vossen saw an effort blocked on the line, before Dan Burn denied Reach, but it mattered little in the end as they held on for victory to condemn Fulham to a first defeat in four matches.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 4 October 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 16,201

Referee: Darren Drysdale

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Konstantopoulos; Fredericks, Ayala, Omeruo, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter; Adomah, Tomlin (Vossen 67'), Reach (Nsue Lopez 90'); Kike (Whitehead 83')

Unused substitutes: Blackman, Gibson, Luke Williams, Wildschut

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Hoogland, Bodurov, Burn, Amorebieta (Smith 78'); Parker; Christensen, Stafylidis (George Williams 59'); Ruiz (Roberts 70'); McCormack, Rodallega

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Kavanagh, Hyndman, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Norwich City 11 21
2 Watford 11 21
3 Nottingham Forest 10 20
4 Derby County 11 20
5 Middlesbrough 11 20
6 Charlton Athletic 11 19
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 11 19
8 Ipswich Town 10 18
9 Sheffield Wednesday 11 17
10 Brentford 11 17
11 A.F.C. Bournemouth 11 15
12 Blackburn Rovers 11 15
13 Reading 11 15
14 Leeds United 11 15
15 Cardiff City 11 13
16 Millwall 11 12
17 Rotherham United 11 12
18 Huddersfield Town 11 12
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 11 11
20 Birmingham City 11 11
21 Wigan Athletic 11 10
22 Fulham 11 7
23 Blackpool 11 6
24 Bolton Wanderers 11 5
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
14
9
Shots On Target
5
2
Passing Accuracy
76%
84%
Fouls
8
5
Corners
8
4
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 13Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • 5Ryan Fredericks
  • 4Daniel Ayala
  • 22Kenneth Omeruo
  • 3George Friend
  • 8Adam Clayton
  • 7Grant Leadbitter
  • 27Albert Adomah
  • 10Lee Tomlin
  • 20Adam Reach
  • 9Kike
Substitutes
  • 46Jamal Blackman
  • 6Ben Gibson
  • 14Luke Williams
  • 18Dean Whitehead
  • 24Emilio Nsue Lopez
  • 21Jelle Vossen
  • 33Yanic Wildschut
Manager
  • Aitor Karanka
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Tim Hoogland
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 5Fernando Amorebieta
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+6' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 90'+6' Attempt blocked. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.
  • 90'+4' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Adam Reach.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 88' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 88' Attempt blocked. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jelle Vossen.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Ayala with a headed pass.
  • 87' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.
  • 85' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
  • 83' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dean Whitehead replaces Kike.
  • 82' Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Fulham 0. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kike following a fast break.
  • 80' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Friend.
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Matt Smith replaces Fernando Amorebieta because of an injury.
  • 77' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 75' Delay in match Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 75' Delay in match Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.
  • 75' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 75' Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 73' George Williams (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 73' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough).
  • 72' Attempt missed. Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 71' Patrick Roberts (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
  • 70' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 69' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 69' Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).
  • 68' Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
  • 68' Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 67' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Lee Tomlin.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by George Williams.
  • 65' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 65' Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 64' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 64' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 64' Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 61' Tim Hoogland (Fulham) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a corner.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Albert Adomah.
  • 59' Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 54' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.
  • 54' Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.
  • 53' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 48' Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.
  • 46' Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Fulham 0. Adam Reach (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.
  • 46' Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
  • Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 39' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 39' Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
  • 39' Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Friend.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 29' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 29' Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 28' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 28' Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
  • 27' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 26' Delay in match Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.
  • 25' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 24' Offside, Middlesbrough. Kike tries a through ball, but Adam Reach is caught offside.
  • 20' Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Reach.
  • 19' Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Konstantinos Stafylidis following a set piece situation.
  • 18' Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 18' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 18' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Middlesbrough).
  • 15' Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).
  • 15' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 13' Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.
  • 13' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 12' Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 8' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Friend.
  • 6' Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
  • 6' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Friend.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.