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Boro to move for Lincoln boss Danny Cowley?

Middlesbrough are considering rivalling West Brom for Lincoln boss Danny Cowley, Press Association Sport understands. Boro have Cowley on their list as they start their search for Tony Pulis‘ replacement. The Baggies are also keen on the Imps manager, who will cost £500,000 to release from his contract at Sincil Bank. Albion are hunting a permanent manager after their Sky Bet Championship play-off defeat to Aston Villa on Tuesday, with Jimmy Shan having been in caretaker charge since March. Press Association Sport understands Boro chairman Steve Gibson is now looking in a different direction in the hunt for a new manager and is considering a series of younger, ambitious candidates to take on a long-term project. Cowley, along with assistant and brother Nick, has earned two promotions...

Result: Middlesbrough beat Rotherham but miss out on play-off spot

Middlesbrough claimed a 2-1 win at Rotherham but it was not enough for them to snatch the final Sky Bet Championship play-off spot.​ First-half goals from Britt Assombalonga and John Obi Mikel put the visitors in a commanding position before Rotherham pulled one back through Michael Smith late on. Boro held on for the victory but Derby’s win over West Brom meant Tony Pulis‘ men finished outside of the top six, a point behind the Rams.​ It was already-relegated Rotherham who did the early pressing with Smith forcing Darren Randolph into a neat stop with a shot across goal.​ Boro’s first chance was a good one as Assombalonga snuck through on goal but slipped his effort wide when one-on-one with Lewis Price.​ The visitors’ other frontman Ashley Fletcher was the next to...

Preview: Rotherham United vs. Middlesbrough – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Sunday’s Championship game between Rotherham United and Middlesbrough. Middlesbrough take on Rotherham United at The New York Stadium knowing that only victory will do in order to maintain their hopes of reaching the Championship playoffs. Rotherham have already been relegated to League One, but manager Paul Warne will want his players to put on a strong performance for the club’s supporters. Rotherham United © Reuters Rotherham would have been confident of survival four weeks ago having put together a run of 14 points from 11 fixtures, but the Yorkshire outfit have not been able to find a solution in defence. Fifteen games have gone by without a clean sheet in the Championship, and Rotherham have only conc...

Martin O’Neill hails “best performance of the season”

Martin O’Neill hailed Nottingham Forest‘s best performance of the season after they beat Sky Bet Championship play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough 3-0 at the City Ground. Joe Lolley grabbed a brace either side of Alexander Milosevic’s volley to give the hosts a resounding win. Forest’s margin of victory would have been greater but for a fine performance from Darren Randolph in the Boro goal, with man-of-the-match Joao Carvalho in inspired form. “What we as a side have to do now is try and win away from home,” said O’Neill, whose side came into the game on the back of four straight defeats which had ended their own play-off aspirations. “It’s a question of saying this is a performance where we were terrific, the best performance of the season...

Tony Pulis “delighted” with Ashley Fletcher form

Tony Pulis praised two-goal Ashley Fletcher as Middlesbrough defeated crisis club Bolton to bounce back into the Skybet Championship play-off picture. The one-time Bolton schoolboy prospect, an unused substitute in Saturday’s defeat at Swansea, struck twice in the first half to give Tony Pulis’ side a 2-0 victory – Boro’s first success in eight games. “You get criticised for not playing him on Saturday,” said Pulis after his team’s badly-needed return to form. “But he is a young lad who is still growing into his body. People say ‘he is a young lad, he can run round the whole time.’ This is a different level and you have to play the level to understand it. “He has got two goals tonight and hopefully he can carry it on. I have been ...

Lee Johnson “delighted” as Bristol City move into playoff places

Lee Johnson likened his Bristol City side to “young gunslingers” as they shot down Middlesbrough to climb into the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions. Adam Webster’s first-half header lifted City into fifth position in the table, with the 1-0 win at the Riverside following hot on the heels of Saturday’s victory over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Having been on the fringe of the promotion race for much of the season, City are now at the heart of the battle for a place in the Premier League, and Johnson is delighted with the way in which his young side have risen to the challenge of competing in the upper echelons of the table. Johnson said: “I was delighted with the boys. We have a big respect for the club, their players and managers and we were like t...

Chris Wilder delighted with Sheffield United’s reaction against Middlesbrough

Chris Wilder was pleased with the reaction of his Sheffield United players as they beat Middlesbrough 1-0 a few days after their capitulation at Aston Villa thanks to substitute Richard Stearman’s first goal of the campaign. Last Friday, the Blades threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Villa Park but they bounced back with a hard-earned victory – which saw them close the gap on the top two to just two points – against their fellow promotion hopefuls, with Stearman heading home Oliver Norwood’s free-kick just past the hour mark. Boro’s woes were compounded three minutes later as Daniel Ayala’s rash challenge on Kieran Dowell led to a second booking and an early bath to leave Tony Pulis’ men up against it. “It’s been a really difficult couple of days,” admitted Wilder. “We felt we had to prod...

Monk rues defensive error as Birmingham lose to Middlesbrough

Birmingham manager Garry Monk was left to rue a costly defensive lapse as his side slipped to a 2-1 home defeat against an improving Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing opened the scoring with a neat 37th-minute goal for the visitors but Birmingham hit back thanks to Che Adams’ 79th-minute equaliser, only for Boro to pick themselves up three minutes later and win it through substitute Britt Assombalonga. It was only Birmingham’s second Championship home defeat in 19 games and Monk admitted it was a tough result to take. The former Middlesbrough manager, who only had half a season in the north east, said: “When the team sheets came out and we saw they had four defenders and five in midfield, we were fully aware they would be a difficult team to break down. “In the first half w...

Manchester United looking at Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier?

Manchester United are reportedly considering an offer for Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier, who has broken into the Championship side’s first team this season. Manchester United have reportedly started to consider an approach for Middlesbrough youngster Marcus Tavernier. The 19-year-old only made his debut for Boro in the Championship 14 months ago, before the midfielder spent the second half of the last campaign on loan at MK Dons. However, Tavernier has been handed six starts and five substitute outings by head coach Tony Pulis since the start of August, and the player’s form has allegedly attracted interest from the Premier League. According to the Daily Mail, United are debating whether to add Tavernier to their second-string squad with the view of developing the wi...

Middlesbrough keen on reunion with Wolves winger Adama Traore?

Middlesbrough are reportedly keen on securing a reunion with Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore during the January transfer window. Middlesbrough have reportedly identified Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Adama Traore as a potential January signing. Boro allowed Traore to leave the Riverside Stadium during the summer after Wolves opted to break their transfer record to add the 22-year-old to their squad. Traore made an instant impact at Molineux during the opening weeks of the campaign, but the attacker has failed to build on his start at the West Midlands outfit. According to TEAMtalk, that has resulted in Boro looking to secure a reunion with Traore at the start of 2019 as Tony Pulis looks to strengthen his options on the flank. Boro sit in sixth place in the Championship table, ...

Marcelo Bielsa named Championship MOTM

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is named as the Championship Manager of the Month for August 2018. Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has picked up the first Championship Manager of the Month award of the season. The Argentine took over at Elland Road over the summer and has had an instant impact, with Leeds going into the international break top of the table after four wins and two draws in their opening six games. George Burley, chair of the judging panel for the award, said: “Marcelo arrived in England this summer with a tremendous reputation, which is clearly warranted based on how Leeds have performed in the opening six games. “Entertaining but organised, the team has taken to his methods quickly and their early form suggests they will be strong contenders for promoti...

Tony Pulis: ‘Middlesbrough deserved late win over West Bromwich Albion’

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis says that the North-East outfit deserved “their break” in the closing stages which earned a 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion. By Darren Plant, ReporterFiled: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:56 UK Last Updated: Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:56 UK Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis has praised his side’s performance in the 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Friday night. A late goal from Daniel Ayala settled the game at the Riverside Stadium, with Boro moving three points clear at the top of the Championship table. Boro were made to work hard to secure their fourth successive win at the second tier, but Pulis feels that his team were fully deserving of their triumph. Pulis told BBC Tees: “West Brom have a lot of quality players and I ...

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