Middlesbrough 0-1 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies stay top of the Championship

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West Bromwich Albion stayed top of the Championship table after a Hal Robson-Kanu winner in Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough had the pick of their possibilities in an uneventful first half of George Saville watching his effort.
But Robson-Kanu was available to put the league leaders in front, tapping on the ball in.
And also the Baggies held on to move two points clear of second-placed Leeds.
West Brom had gone into the global break at the peak of the Championship after a nice performance to conquer Cardiff 4-2 at The Hawthorns.
But they were disjointed in the Riverside with Middlesbrough nearly opening the scoring in the conclusion of a first halfas Sam Johnstone rescued Britt Assombalonga’s header along with Bartley rid Saville’s rally.
At the other end, Matheus Pereira tried a spectacular overhead-kick out of Grady Diangana’s cross but Darren Randolph was equal to it before a stinging campaign was parried by Johnstone from Jonny Howson as both sides improved at the start of the second half.
Boro had a chance however, Saville smashed the ball above following Ashley Fletcher’s cutback.
Plus it was West Brom who the left with all three points thanks to Robson-Kanu, while Boro dropped to 21st.
Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:
“We created numerous opportunities, which we will need to choose. That is what it is all about, putting the ball at the back of the net and creating chances and we didn’t do this
“They dominated possession but we went toe to toe with a team that’ll probably go up – they’ve got some amazing players but that I thought we played quite well. If we make chances for this and play like that, we are going to be fine.
“I can’t recall an actual save that Darren Randolph had to create in the game. I thought we needed to win the match, we ran all of them way which was a performance miles better than the performance against Birmingham.”
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic stated:
“”It is strain up there. It is a pressure that is positive. The more you win that adds to the strain and the more closer you’ll be on the peak of the table.
“Middlesbrough are not confident and what they need is two or three wins. They are fighting hard and they gave us a game. They will do it, if they continue then they’ll be out of trouble very soon and I have no doubt.
“Make no mistake, we knew what type of match we anticipated and it had been the only we didn’t want. We’re ready for this.
“They defended numbers but using increased quality and amount of attacks, then sooner or later you may acquire great chances. That is precisely what happened”

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