Middlesbrough 2-0 Bournemouth: First home win for Boro
- Boro’s first PL home win this season
- Karanka’s 150th game in charge
- Ramirez, Downing with goals
- Bournemouth’s first loss in five
Middlesbrough beat Bournemouth 2-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday as Aitor Karanka’s side won at home in the Premier League for the first time this season.
A wonder-goal from Gaston Ramirez gave Boro the lead and Stewart Downing sealed the victory against a Bournemouth side who started the better and hit the crossbar via Josh King.
With the win Middlesbrough move to 10 points from their opening 10 games, while Bournemouth suffered defeat for the first time in five games.
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After a tight start Bournemouth grew into the game and King had a shot cleared off the line by Adam Clayton.
Bournemouth then hit the bar as Jack Wilshere clipped a delightful ball into King and he controlled the ball with his chest but then volleyed against the bar.
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Victor Valdes clattered King before half time as Bournemouth’s striker went in bravely and Boro’s goalkeeper got off lightly. George Friend and Ramirez then combined to see the former lash a shot goalbound but it swerved into the side-netting.
3093 - There were 3093 days between Stewart Downing's goal v Bournemouth and his last in the PL for Boro (May 08). Patience.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 29, 2016
Then, Ramirez unleashed a moment of magic to give Boro the lead. The Uruguayan international picked up the ball inside his own half, ran 70-yards towards goals and cut inside before finishing coolly. 1-0 to Middlesbrough.
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Boro doubled their lead 11 minutes into the second half as Adam Traore’s brilliant cross found Alvaro Negredo who cushioned his header to Downing and the winger slotted home. 2-0.
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Bournemouth made a double change to try and salvage something and Benik Afobe came close but was denied by Valdes. At the other Negredo was put clean through but he scuffed his left-footed effort.
Boro saw out the win comfortably as they thoroughly deserved to beat a lackluster Bournemouth.