EFL

Middlesbrough 2-1 Bristol City

Middlesbrough edged a thrilling six pointer battle against Bristol City, after coming back from a goal down at the Riverside Stadium to win 2-1. 

Milan Djuric gave Bristol City the lead in 13th minute after volleying home, before George Friend equalised from a corner minutes later. Boro’s comeback was complete in 68th minute when Daniel Ayala headed home from a corner. 

Middlesbrough made a bright start before sloppy defending allowed Djuric to nip in and volley home from a tight angle on the right. 

Minutes later, Friend handed the home side an equaliser after heading home from a corner to make it 1-1.

A scary moment then came halfway through the opening half when Bamford was knocked out cold after a foul, worrying fans and players.

Bamford is now on way to hospital as a precaution after being given oxygen and stretchered off, as Boro went closest upon resumption, having three shots saved in a goalmouth scramble during 45th minute.

After the break, Boro came out and dominated, going close in 65th minute when George Friend burst down left before crossing to Adama Traore, who burst into box only to see his cross blocked. 

The defining moment came just three minutes later when Ayala found space to head in a corner kick, sparking wild celebrations with home fans. 

Both teams then went in search for a fourth goal of this match with Boro going close via Muhamed Besic in 87th minute from a throw in but blasted over bar. 

After a titanic end to end fight in stoppage time, Boro clung on for all three points. 

The win sees Middlesbrough go fifth after Millwall drew 1-1  at Sheffield United and Derby lost 3-1 at Burton Albion.

Speaking post match, Tony Pulis confirmed that Bamford was fine after his trip to hospital, saying; “Bamford is in dressing room getting stick off players.”.

When asked about Traore’s performance, Pulis said: “Adama was back to where he was before he went to Spain.” 

Bristol City manager, Lee Johnson was disappointed at a missed opportunity and said “This season next season when have big games, need 8 or 9 at A game.” 

 

 

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