Date: 10th November 2012 at 11:36am
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Wednesday suffered their second straight defeat as Middlesbrough ran out 3-1 winners at The Riverside Stadium to move top of the Championship on Friday night.

Justin Hoyte’s superb 13th-minute strike fired Tony Mowbray’s men ahead but Gary Madine got the Owls back on level terms three minutes into the second half. Ishmael Miller struck on the hour to see Boro regain their lead and Lukas Jutkiewicz secured the win for Tony Mowbray’s in-form side.

It was always going to be a tough ask for Wednesday to get anything from a side who went into the game on the back of eight matches without defeat in all competitions and with the chance to take top-spot in front of a bumper home crowd.

So it proved, with Tony Mowbray’s men proving just why they’re firm candidates for promotion this season with a comprehensive victory to leave the Owls hovering over the relegation zone.

Owls boss Dave Jones made two changes to the side that lost against Blackpool in midweek, with Gary Madine returning to the starting line-up in place of Gary Madine and Paul Corry shook off an ankle injury to return in place of Rhys McCabe.

Boro were keen to impress in front of their biggest crowd of the season but Wednesday dealt with the hosts’ early threat pretty well, with goalkeeper Chris Kirkland relatively untroubled in goal in the opening exchanges.

In fact, it was Wednesday who had the best early chance from a Michail Antonio free-kick. His deep cross found Corry, who headed the ball back into the danger zone and into the path of Miguel Llera, who has his shot well charged down by the Boro defence.

The Owls’ resilience at the back didn’t last, however, as Boro took the lead in the 13th minute through Hoyte, who smashed a superb first-time effort beyond Kirkland for the opener.

Wednesday looked for a response and Jay Bothroyd had a decent chance to level when he carefully controlled an Antonio cross and forced a good save from Boro stopper Jason Steele.

At the other end Josh McEachran, earmarked as the man to watch in Vital’s pre-match preview, came close to doubling Boro’s lead when he got through a wall of Wednesday defenders but Kirkland came to the visitors’ rescue.

Wednesday did have two great chances to get on level terms just minutes before the break, however. Antonio was again the danger man when he saw his effort tipped wide by Steele and, from the resulting corner, Llera blasted an effort inches over the bar.

The visitors’ continued their momentum into the start of the second half and got their rewards with a leveller three minutes after the restart.

Antonio put a long Bothroyd ball into the path of Madine, who blasted his effort beyond Steele and wheeled away in celebration, despite cries of offside by the Boro defence falling on deaf ears.

But instead of building on their leveller, Wednesday went into their shell somewhat and allowed the hosts to regain control of the game.

Boro regained their lead on the hour mark when Scott McDonald guided his shot goal-bound and Miller made sure the effort found the back of the net to leave Wednesday with it all to do again.

And their victory was complete with 14 minutes to go as Jutkiewicz headed home Leadbitter’s cross to give Boro all three points and leave the Owls licking their wounds following another defeat.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Woodgate (Hines 46), Bikey, Friend, Leadbitter, Emnes (Haroun 73), Ledesma, McEachran, McDonald, Miller (Jutkiewicz 66). Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Bailey, Parnaby.

Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton Llera, Gardner, Jones, Antonio, Semedo, Corry (O`Grady 82), Barkley (McCabe 82), Bothroyd (J Johnson 73), Madine. Unused substitutes: Davies, Taylor, Mattock, Rodri.


11 Replies to “Report: Middlesbrough 3-1 Wednesday”

  • The Moody Blues had a hit with “go now”. I am feeling like a moody blue after last nights display. MM – it’s time for a change of manager. Lets look at some of the problems we have: Continually plays Boothroyd – who hardly seems to run, is played out of position, does not permit link up play with Buxton etc etc; Madine – good enough to get us up but does not get a chance – started last night and scored; Rodri – do you think there was a good reason Barcelona let him go?; ditto some of our other free transfers?; too many development players purchased, rather than the completed article; playing one up front; etc etc etc. Go Now.

  • As you are aware I have tried to keep positive with my previous posts and on record stating to all my fellow OWLS not to panic and to have the confidence in DJ. I have to say from now on ladies and gents I think its time to PANIC

  • I’m trying not to panic, andymac- instead I’m trying to convince myself that in the cold light of day losing away to the side that’s just gone top isn’t as bad as, say, losing at home to a side who hadn’t won in six. But then I think Bolton and Hull came on the back of poor results and strolled away with the points, and I don’t even want to talk about Huddersfield! DJ goes on about this learning curve, well we’ve struggled for twelve of the last thirteen games, that’s almost a third of the season, isn’t it time we started learning? We began the season conceding too many goals but attacking with style and enthusiasm. We’re still conceding but the goals are drying up and the enthusiasm has all but evaporated, and this after adding three more players either side of the transfer window. Lesson 1, ditch this lousy formation. Lesson 2, select players who are at least interested in what happens to Sheffield Wednesday. It’s not so hard and it shouldn’t take the best part of three months to figure it out either.

  • In total agreement OM once again. It seems to me that this formation is one where 6 midfielders are allowed to stroll around the park with Buxton has not got a clue anymore what his rolle is offensively. Danial Jones i’m sorry to say is a masive weak link Wher do I stop The only guy who is trying to do it all by himself because he feels he has too is Antonio. It seems to me that DJ is sticking to this formation to try and pick up as many points as posible between now and January and stiil be out of the bottom three and he will hit the transfer market again as he knows the summer recruits have not worked out as planned MASSIVE gamble if thats the case.

  • Another loss that coincides with the selection of JB. However this numpty ever managed to wear the international shirt is beyond me. DJ seems absolutely obsessed with selecting him no matter what. Same goes for Jones selection at LB. Is it the same because DJ managed him at Wolves? All pals together. Why Julian Bennett has not been selected before being loaned out is another mystery. With regard to the striking situation, COG & Rodri have not been paired but that means 2 strikers on the park, not 1. Also under the impression Pecnick is an internatioal striker. What’s he done wrong?

  • At the start of the season I thought we were going to go with a Madine/ Maguire partnership and then CO’G & Pecnik looked useful together. Rodri turns up and I think ‘Yeah, perm two from five. A bit of healthy competition.’ But now DJ can’t decide who his ONE is from one game to the next. I mean, what do they get up to in training? Don’t they try working in pairs anymore? Y’ know, develop an understanding? Madine & Rodri played well together vs. the piglets, I know it was only U21s but Rodri was on the bench last night, so why not bring him on the moment Boro scored their second? Or is it because it’s part of the loan agreement that both Barkley & Bothroyd have to play a minimum 70mins each game or else MM has to cough up more money? Well if that’s true, it’s a deal that’s wrecking our entire bloomin’ season!

  • And another thing… Don’t we practice defending corners anymore? Mowbray sure identified it as a weakness. There was one that came over 2nd half and it was like someone had lobbed a percussion grenade in there, about three of our players bumped into each other and ended up in a heap on the floor. Stephen Bywater, I know he’s been poorly but he knows how to organize his defence in and around the box. He has a great record at keeping clean sheets as well as bags of experience at Championship level and above.

  • DooleyLL If I’m not mistaken I think COG & Rodri were the pairing against Birmingham If I remember rightly we played them off the park with a 442 formation

  • Correct andymac. 2 up front before the acquisition of JB. MM’s mate ‘Arry is still unemployed. He plays stylish football. Time for a change.

  • ‘Arry is unemployed for a reason and it isn’t to do with his results or he would still be spurs’ manager.

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