Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City: Adam Webster’s first-half header condemns Boro to fifth successive defeat


Middlesbrough 0-1 Bristol City: Adam Webster’s first-half header condemns Boro to fifth successive defeat

Bristol City moved into the Championship play-off places as Adam Webster’s first-half header secured a 1-0 win at out-of-form Middlesbrough.

Having beaten Sheffield United on Saturday, Lee Johnson’s side saw off another of their promotion rivals as they leapfrogged Derby and Aston Villa to move into the top six.

Bristol City put in a resolute defensive display against Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough had plenty of opportunities, but Jonny Howson and Britt Assombalonga both hit the frame of the goal on another frustrating night for the hosts.

Boro have now suffered five defeats in a row, and have slipped two points adrift of the play-off positions as their form has imploded at a critical stage of the season.

Even the long-awaited return of Stewart Downing was unable to help them, with the former England international failing to arrest a goalless run that now stands at three games.

Downing returned to Middlesbrough’s Championship starting line-up for the first time in 2019 after signing a waiver that scrapped the automatic award of a new one-year contract.

The 34-year-old was prominent from the outset, setting up Assombalonga for the first of three golden first-half chances that went begging for Middlesbrough.