A Lee Tomlin brace helped Middlesborough’s promotion charge get back on track with a win against Huddersfield.
The Teesiders came into this game with a nine game unbeaten run at home – and were looking to overcome the disappointment of last weeks draw with Reading. Middlesborough opted to start with ‘Kike’ and Patrick Bamford upfront, with Jelle Vossen on the bench.
As for the visitors Huddersfield, they were looking to build on last weeks impressive win against promotion chasing Watford. The Terriers included their three ‘big guns’ for this one, Nakhi Wells James Vaughan and Jacob Butterfield all start for the West Yorkshire side.
It was to no surprise considering how well Boro are doing, that they started the brighter in the first half. The ever impressive Patrick Bamford was denied by Huddersfield Town keeper Alex Smithies. Huddersfield couldn’t get into the game and there task was made harder when striker James Vaughan was forced off with a head injury.
Middlesborough did eventually go in front in the 61st minute, Lee Tomlin from a Kike pass rifled home an unstoppable shot from distance which left keeper Alex Smithies with no chance. That goal meant Huddersfield had to come out and attack – and to be fair they did.
Town top scorer Nakhi Wells unluckily hit the post with a fantastic effort which left the Boro keeper with no chance. As Huddersfield went in search of the draw, they were always going to be prone to the counter attack – and that proved the visitors un doing.
Terriers Keeper Alex Smithies who was up for a corner was clinically exposed by Lee Tomlin who scored with a 40 yard effort in the dying seconds, which killed the game off as a contest.
That win for Middlesborough sees them remain in fourth, as for Huddersfield this defeat sees them drop to 17th.