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Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading: Marvin Johnson earns win for Boro

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Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading: Marvin Johnson earns win for Boro

M’boro vs Reading Sky Bet Ch’boat 3:00pm Saturday 14th September Riverside Stadium (Att: 19414) Middlesbrough celebrated their 500th league match since Marvin Johnson strike secured a 1-0 win over Reading in style at the Riverside. Jonathan Woodgate’s negative were victorious again as they maintained their next Sky Bet Championship success of the entire year twenty-four years after the Teessiders started their new life away from Ayresome Park with a 2-0 triumph over Chelsea. Johnson’s free-kick settled things, although Middlesbrough were indebted to goalkeeper Darren Randolph for several exceptional saves that prevented exploring from asserting an equaliser. Reading boss Jose Gomes opted to drop striker George Puscas to the seat and he was not able to coincide with his own team-mate’s goalscoring threat while Yakou Meite, the Romanian’s replacement, enjoyed a decent first half. Having broken early , Ryan Shotton blocked Meite’s shot, and the Ivory Coast faltered again later drilling a low shot at Randolph after exploiting some hesitancy from Marc Bola. Randolph also left a first-half save from John Swift, but it wasn’t one-way traffic prior to the rest with Middlesbrough creating opportunities of their own. The best fell to Paddy McNair but his shot was led near Rafael Cabral while the Northern Irishman did well to break in the box in the right. It was a day when both goalkeepers impressed and Randolph made yet another intervention that is important . Liverpool loanee Evie Ojaria fired in a crisp drive from the edge of the region because he saved to his left, why he’s regarded among the best shot-stoppers outside of their Premier League, but Randolph highlighted. As 10 minutes later Middlesbrough claimed the guide it established a second. Michael Morrison fouled Ashley Fletcher close allowing a free-kick to be whipped into by Johnson. Fletcher lunged at the ball and he unsighted Cabral, who could only watch as the ball if he didn’t make any contact. Boro claimed a second minutes later but as Lewis Wing because he dribbled past two men into the box, fashioned a shooting chance, a fine blocked his first effort. Reading came close to an equaliser with nine minutes left, although because he fired in a shot that Cabral turned around the post johnson threatened to widen the home side’s lead. Swift was heading in until Randolph tipped the ball over the top. The goalkeeper of boro was the important figure in the closing stages, with two dramatic saves securing his side all three points. Displaying agility, Randolph turned Lucas Joao’s front-post header around the post before withdrawing off another effort. Jonathan Woodgate:”I thought we deserved to win it. I thought they piled on the pressure, however we stood strong. Like I mentioned in the weekwe needed to find that steel , that belief and that I thought we did that. “I thought we deserved to win the game. I thought we all might have been a couple of goals up and looked dangerous. It was well deserved, and that I was pleased for the lads, they handed everything.” Jose Gomes:”Puscas, Joao and Pele did not start. Puscas and pele had went for their national team, but that was not the sole reason. The motive was I did not enjoy the way they played at the game. “I’ve got six strikers, they are all excellent players, and they must all fight for their position. They need to give and it’s my obligation as their supervisor to demand that. Should they don’t provide the maximum that they can, in my opinion, subsequently we’ve got very excellent quality players who may replace them and play.” Read more: