Middlesbrough 2-1 West Bromwich Albion: Boro rally to beat sputtering Baggies
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Middlesbrough have moved into the play-off places in thr EFL Championship following a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

Jayson Molumby put the Baggies in front in the 28th minute before goals from Paddy McNair and Marcus Tavernier in a nine-minute span in the second half propelled Boro to fifth in the table.

West Brom are winless under new manager Steve Bruce and have gone six matches without a victory, slipping to 11th in the standings.

Story of the match

Middlesbrough were unlucky to not earn a free kick early on as Isaiah Jones was hauled down by Conor Townsend. 

Grady Diangana played Karlan Grant down the left, his initial shot blocked and his second was wide.

Riley McGree made his full debut for the hosts and on ten minutes nearly opened the scoring as his blistering shot rocketed off of West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone before being cleared.

Just shy of the half-hour mark, the visitors grabbed the lead. Jonny Howson and Dael Fry fail to clear from a throw and Andy Carroll's pull-back was only cleared as far as Molumby, who finished at the near post.

Jones continued to be Middlesbrough's biggest threat in the first half and he nutmegged Townsend and sent into the West Brom area, but Grady Diangana was on hand to head away.

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​​​​​​On the hour, Boro were level. McGree passed behind the lines to Tavernier, who cut across for McNair to finish past Johnstone.

Tavernier got in down the left flank and fed Aaron Connolly, who saw his shot blocked before substitute Andraz Sporar fired wide.

Middlesbrough's second came just nine minutes later when Anfernee Dijksteel broke past three West Brom defenders and Jones delivered low into the area that Tavernier tucked by Johnstone.

West Brom searched for an equalizer, Carroll slicing wide from a long throw, the closest the Baggies came as their slide down the table continues.

Man of the match: Marcus Tavernier 

Full of energy throughout, he changed the game with his attacking play down the left side. Had an assist on the equalizer and scored the winner.

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