Middlesbrough climbed to fifth in the Championship table as Britt Assombalonga’s first-half goal proved enough to see off 10-man Blackburn.

Boro’s top scorer headed the winner on 19 minutes before Rovers lost Derrick to a straight red card just before half-time.

It condemned Blackburn to a fourth successive defeat while Boro claimed a first win in three league games to leapfrog Bristol City and climb one place.

Assombalonga’s 12th goal of the season gave Middlesbrough just their third victory in the last 18 league meetings between the clubs.

Boro tested David Raya early with a header by Ashley Fletcher from a Le Wing cross, but Raya was beaten for the opening goal inside 20 minutes.

Charlie Mulgrew misjudged a high ball, allowing Fletcher to dart behind him and cross for Assombalonga to score with a far-post header.

was dismissed in the final minute of the first half when he brought down Fletcher on the edge of the Blackburn penalty area and was deemed by referee Darren Bond to have denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Early in the second half Wing drove forwards from midfield and rattled the crossbar with a dipping, long-range shot before Amari’i Bell, one of Blackburn’s three half-time substitutes, struck the crossbar with 14 minutes remaining.

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Raya
  • 31Bennett
  • 5RodwellBooked at 33minsSubstituted forNyambeat 45′minutes
  • 14Mulgrew
  • 3Booked at 45mins
  • 29EvansSubstituted forTravisat 45′minutes
  • 4Reed
  • 19BreretonSubstituted forBellat 45′minutes
  • 23Dack
  • 7Armstrong
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 2Nyambe
  • 6Smallwood
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 17Bell
  • 24Nuttall
  • 27Travis
  • 32Conway

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 5Shotton
  • 3FriendSubstituted forMcNairat 61′minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 2Mikel
  • 37BesicSubstituted forDowningat 73′minutes
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forHugillat 81′minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Hugill
  • 17McNair
  • 19Downing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 29van La Parra
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
13,249

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home5
Away26
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 1.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Le Wing.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Saville.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Obi Mikel.

Attempt blocked. Le Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Le Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Graham with a headed pass.

Foul by Le Wing (Middlesbrough).

Amari’i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Le Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Ryan Shotton tries a through ball, but Ashley Fletcher is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Le Wing.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Bradley Dack.

Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Obi Mikel (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces Muhamed Besic.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by David Raya Martin.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by John Obi Mikel.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Attempt blocked. George Saville (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Le Wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Paddy McNair replaces George Friend because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Bradley Dack (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a set piece situation.

Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Harrison Reed (Blackburn Rovers).

Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match George Friend (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Le Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Le Wing (Middlesbrough).

goal

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