The Warm Down: Middlesbrough edge past Huddersfield Town
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Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough ended their poor run of form at the expense of Huddersfield Town in a close, hard fought affair at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro had a poor start going behind to an early free kick from Isaac Mbenza, but controlled the game strongly after that and were good value for the three points on the night.

Wonderful Watmore

Neil Warnock will owe a lot to winger Duncan Watmore for his team getting the three points out of the game. 

The former Sunderland winger was excellent for Boro tonight, and was deserving of his emphatic solo goal that levelled up proceedings at 1-1.

The signing of Watmore was a shrewd one for Warnock's side, with the 26-year-old arriving at Riverside on a free transfer. If Watmore can keep up his purple patch of form, he will prove to be crucial for Middlesbrough in their chase for the play-offs.

Grant Hall stakes his claim

An equally impressive performer for Boro against Huddersfield was defender Grant Hall, who really showcased his qualities on his return to the starting 11.

Hall looked comfortable on the night, and always seemed to have the better of Huddersfield striker Fraizer Campbell.

The former QPR defenders performance surely won't have gone unnoticed by Warnock and it's likely that the 29-year-old will retain his spot in the starting line-up for the trip to Reading at the weekend.

More points thrown away by Huddersfield

Moving on to Huddersfield, The Terriers will disappointed about tonight's outcome, that saw the West Yorkshire side lose more points from a winning position, taking their tally of points lost from winning positions to a staggering 23.

While The Terriers had a positive start to proceedings, they quickly fell of the pace and were punished by Middlesbrough for the remainder of the game.

Carlos Corberan needs to address this issue quickly as Huddersfield are a side being dragged in to the reckoning for relegation at a rate of nots.

Injury concern for Mbenza

Arguably the turning point in the game, was when Huddersfield's goal scorer Isaac Mbenza had to come off injured at the 30 minute mark.

The Belgian had been the positive spark in the opening parts of the game for Huddersfield, and took his free kick goal excellently, leaving Middlesbrough goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli with no chance.

While it doesn't appear as if the Belgian winger's injury is too serious, his absence after his substitution hurt Huddersfield, who weren't able to find life in their attacking outlet without him.

Missed chance for Huddersfield

Huddersfield were offered a much needed route back in to the game in the 81st minute, with Paddy McNair receiving a red card, for a tackle on Juninho Bacuna. This gave Huddersfield a glorious opportunity to take something back from their travels. 

While the Terriers did go close when Matty Daly hit the woodwork they weren't able to hit back at Neil Warnock's Middlesbrough, and failed to make good use of the extra man advantage.

With nothing gained tonight, Huddersfield's miserable run of form continues, and if they aren't to be embroiled in a relegation dog fight, they must start picking up points when opportunities like this arise.

Conclusion

To summarise, Middlesbrough were worthy winners at Riverside on Tuesday night.

Neil Warnock's men were able to keep Huddersfield under constant pressure, and were able to see out the win, even with a man short.

The win for Middlesbrough puts them very much back in the reckoning for the play-offs, while the pressure continues to mount on Carlos Corberan and Huddersfield Town, who are in desperate need of a win to end their miserable drought that has seen them winless since the start of 2021.

 

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