Date: 24th August 2018 at 9:49pm
Written by:
Middlesbrough
1 – 0
West Bromwich Albion

Riverside Stadium

Championship

24/08/2018 7:45 pm

Attendance: 22906

Referee: Brooks

Middlesbrough West Bromwich Albion
Ayala (90+1)
Randolph Johnstone
Ayala
 
Adarabioyo
 
69
Fry Bartley
Flint Hegazi
Shotton
 
Gibbs
Howson Phillips
Clayton Livermore
Friend Brunt
Downing 72 Barnes 69
Braithwaite 86 Rodriguez
 
Assombalonga 81 Gayle 83

Substitutes

Konstantopoulos Robson-Kanu 83
Leadbitter Morrison 69
Hugill 81 Myhill
McNair 86 Burke
Fletcher Barry
Wing Dawson 69
Besic
 
72 Field

Game Statistics

18 Goal attempts 13
4 On Target 2
10 Corners 4
12 Fouls 11
3 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
38 % 62

Earlier this evening head coach Darren Moore took the West Bromwich Albion first team boys up to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

With steady improvement in games so far in 2018/19, everything came together in the 7-1 hammering of Queens Park Rangers and whilst few were expecting a repeat of that against defensive Tony Pulis’ promotion tipped side, all that mattered was a positive result against our former gaffer.

Sadly that didn’t happen and Pulis got the final hurrah following a stoppage-time winner by Daniel Ayala.

West Brom might have suffered defeat but there were positives even if Boro edged chances, again as we already knew we have a way to go in terms of gelling properly and we’ve seen how good we can be, and how bad we can be. Now it’s about sorting out some consistency but that is always the last thing to come.

If I can take one thing from tonight though, seeing Craig Dawson return to the pitch should at least mean decent conversations have been had given his summer and that should be a positive we can lean on the down the line even if tonight is disappointing.