Stylish Boro pick off Cherries

Goals from Gastón Ramírez and Stewart Downing saw Middlesbrough record a 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.

  • Middlesbrough 2 Bournemouth 0
  • King hits the woodwork
  • Ramirez opens the scoring
  • Downing adds a second
  • Boro end seven-match winless streak

Match Summary

Cherries forward Joshua King twice came within inches of scoring in the first half, both in collaboration with Jack Wilshere. The first saw King's effort cleared off the line after the on-loan Arsenal man had whipped a cross in, before supplying a dink over the top that King volleyed against the crossbar, possibly helped on its way by the fingertips of Victor Valdes.

Boro took the lead in at half time after a fantastic goal from Gastón Ramírez in the 39th minute. The Uruguay international midfielder carried the ball all the way from his own half, cutting inside the box from the left flank before finding the net with a confident finish.

The home side had their second of the match 56 minutes in when Stewart Downing side-footed home from Alvaro Negredo's header back across goal, after Adama Traoré had picked the Spaniard out on the far post with a delicious cross with the outside of his boot.

Full Report

There was little action to speak of in the opening 10 minutes, but the Cherries got all the way to the goalline in the 13th minute when Jack Wilshere whipped a corner into the box that Joshua King met with a header, only for Adam Clayton to clear it off the line.

Boro forward Adama Traoré thought he deserved an 18th-minute penalty when he got past Harry Arter before going down under a challenge from Charlie Daniels, but the ref waved it away.

The Cherries then had another close-but-no-cigar moment in the 27th minute when King latched onto Wilshere's ball over the top, chesting it down before hitting a volley that Victor Valdes was able to just tip onto the crossbar.

Boro defender George Friend hit the side-netting in the 35th minute after a neat one-two with Gastón Ramirez saw him find space in the Bournemouth box.

Boro would then open the scoring in the 39th minute through Ramirez, who led a counterattack from his own half to charge forward, beating Wilshere for pace before cutting inside Andrew Surman onto his right foot and slotting home past Artur Boruc.

Boro had their second after 56 minutes when Adama Traoré sent a lovely outside-of-the-boot cross curling in towards the far post, where Alvaro Negredo headed back across goal for Stewart Downing, arriving at speed, to turn home from close range.

Bournemouth really should have pulled one back in the 67th minute when Daniels cut inside from the left. He managed to fool a couple of defenders with a series of feints, and probably should have taken the shot at some point before he teed it up for Smith, whose effort was deflected wide.