Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn Rovers: Joe Rothwell scores winner for visitors

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Jarrad Brathwaite’s high-footed challenge on Dael Fry went unpunished, despite the Boro defending leaving with a bloodied face

Blackburn Rovers came away from Middlesbrough with a controversial 1-0 win to move up to ninth in the Championship.

The game’s major talking point came in the 14th minute, when Boro were denied a penalty and a possible Rovers red card after Jarrad Branthwaite sliced the face of Dael Fry with a very high foot which forced the defender off with a nasty-looking injury.

Fry’s replacement Nathan Wood hit the post from close range on the hour mark after Thomas Kaminski had palmed away Jonny Howson’s header from a corner.

The deadlock was finally broken against the run of play when Joe Rothwell side-footed home unmarked from 12 yards after an excellent passing move between Harvey Elliott and Adam Armstrong.

The win sees Rovers move three points and two places below Boro, who themselves remain three points and one place outside the play-off places.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 29Spence
  • 6FrySubstituted forWoodat 18′minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 27BolaBooked at 88mins
  • 5MorsyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forJohnsonat 72′minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 22Saville
  • 7TavernierBooked at 81minsSubstituted forRobertsat 81′minutes
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 18WatmoreSubstituted forFletcherat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Johnson
  • 8Wing
  • 10Akpom
  • 11Fletcher
  • 13Archer
  • 15Wood
  • 19Roberts
  • 33Coulson
  • 34Hackney

Blackburn

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Kaminski
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26Lenihan
  • 30Branthwaite
  • 15Douglas
  • 27Travis
  • 18DavenportBooked at 26minsSubstituted forTrybullat 86′minutes
  • 4JohnsonSubstituted forBuckleyat 10′minutesSubstituted forDackat 65′minutes
  • 16ElliottSubstituted forBreretonat 65′minutes
  • 7Armstrong
  • 8RothwellSubstituted forGallagherat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Downing
  • 9Gallagher
  • 13Pears
  • 17Bell
  • 19Trybull
  • 20Brereton
  • 21Buckley
  • 23Dack
  • 39Dolan

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