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Huddersfield Town travel to Middlesbrough looking to return to winning ways after suffering heartbreak against Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

Fernando Forestieri scored the only goal of the game after 83 minutes at the John Smith's Stadium to take the points and leave Town still searching for their first win against a member of the top six this season.

David Wagner's men have been handed the chance to put that right just three days later, with Aitor Karanka's Boro chasing automatic promotion.

Boro ran out 2-0 winners when they met in Yorkshire last November , but Town were excellent and deserved at least a point that day. A night for some revenge?

Tommy Smith certainly hopes so. The right back is tired of hearing "we played well but lost".

Can those words change tonight? Stick with us through the build-up and for commentary throughout the 90 minutes to find out...

Match report

Here’s Doug Thomson’s analysis of the evening for your reading pleasure.

Honestly, it’s a night to move on from swiftly. Hull are the visitors on Saturday and Wagner has spoken tonight of his desire to forget the result, learn lessons and go again.

I’ll be back for that one on Saturday afternoon.

Have a good week!

Wagner reacts

“We were not as good as we could be. Middlesbrough deserved this result and were the better team today.

But the goals we conceded were too easy.

“I didn’t see the penalty after the game, the distance was too great, but the reaction of my player shows it should be a penalty.”

FT Boro 3-0 Town

AN evening to forget for David Wagner and his men.

Should be four

92. Stuani somehow misses Nsue’s low cross which flew through the six yard box. Only needed a touch.

Three minutes added

90. Three more minutes to be played. Three too many for a lot of Town fans I suspect.

Final sub of the night

87. Boro make their final change and it is Cristhian Stuani who comes on. Ramirez, who has been fantastic it must be said, gets a standing ovation.

Boro still threaten

85. The game may have been won a long time ago but the hosts still look as if they want a fourth - they are just willing to wait for it.

Nugent has seen a shot deflected wide and Nsue has had an effort at Steer’s goal - but wide. Meanwhile, EMyr Huws curls an ambitious, long range shot into the arms of Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Lolley subbed

84. Sean Scannel is the final change for Town - Joe Lolley the man to be replaced.

Second sub for Town

82. Cheers from the home fans as Dean Whitehead is taken off. Shouts of “Deano” ring around the stadium. He remains a popular figure in the north east.

Philip Billing is on in his place.

Gaston Ramirez of Boro battles Dean Whitehead of Huddersfield
Gaston Ramirez of Boro battles Dean Whitehead of Huddersfield (Image: Getty Images)


Bunn has gone up front since Wells left the pitch.

Rhodes withdrawn

Jordan Rhodes is withdrawn while the goal music is still pumping through the Riverside. David Nugent replaces the former Town striker.

Goal - Boro net a third

77. Boro have the third. Poor clearance from Steer and the ball fell to Rhodes, who was promptly stopped in his tracks (unfairly) by Joel Lynch.

However, Ramirez curls in the free kick in brilliant style.

Boro 3-0 Town.

Clayton subbed

74. Aitor Karanka quick to follow suit. Adam Clayton has been hobbling since a fierce tangle with Emyr Huws and Adam Forshaw is now on is his stead.

First Town change

71. Interesting sub from David Wagner. Nahki Wells is withdrawn in favour of Rajiv van La Parra.

Paterson wasteful

62. Jamie Paterson curls a shot some way off target. Town haven’t been into the opposition penalty area many times tonight so need to at least work the keeper when they do.

Steer saves again

60. A second chance in quick succession for Boro - this time it’s Adomah who has the final effort and Steer is able to claw it away.

Hosts comfortable

59. There have been very few chances of note since the interval, but Boro remain well in control. They are playing patiently and not forcing anything, knowing Town have to come at them.

Rhodes plays in Leadbitter and his effort from the edge of the area isn’t far away.

Town start brightly

53. Much like the first half, Town have started energetically and are looking to get forward. Joe Lolley has has seen a free kick saved easily which is the best effort so far, but Wagner will be pleased to see his players making a fight of this.

The trouble is, Boro look easily able to extend the damage when they break forward.

Nahki battles Adomah

Albert Adomah of Boro battles Nahki Wells
Albert Adomah of Boro battles Nahki Wells (Image: Getty Images)


The crowd here tonight is 24,669 including 613 hardy souls from Huddersfield.

Town chance

47. Better from Wagner’s men. Harry Bunn drives down the left and wins a corner. The delivery is met by the head of Huws, but his effort spirals over the crossbar.

Second half

46. Back to the action. Big improvement from the first half, please Town!

Twitter divided

The main debate - predictably - is what this means for Town getting dragged into a relegation scrap.

For what it’s worth, Wednesday, Boro and Hull was never the string of fixtures to judge that on particularly. There are winnable games down the line.

However, Town have been their own worst enemies this evening, however good the hosts have been, and the frustration is understandable.

HT Boro 2-0 Town

Town go into the break two down and have it all to do. Ultimately, they’ve been too sloppy in possession and Boro have capitalised.

Big improvement needed.

Two minutes added

45. Two more minutes to be played. Town break forward with a great move started by the skill of Paterson on halfway. It comes back to him from Hiws but he delays his shot and Boro body is in the way when he pulls the trigger.

Ramirez and Adomah excellent

42. Town have not helped themselves at all defensively, and have been caught out a few times trying to play out from the back. Wagner has accepted his system will take time, but he’ll be frustrated by a couple of those - players simply not taking enough care.

That said, Albert Adomah and Gaston Ramirez have been excellent for Boro - and this is a team on which money has been lavished to secure automatic promotion.

Nearly three

37. Ouch. Town continue to live dangerously here. Ramirez again driving at the defence and tries to feed Rhodes but Town’s defence can scramble clear.

Whitehead's error

Dean Whitehead saw his pass intercepted for the second goal. A shame for the midfielder, who is well liked here but would have loved nothing more than to get one over on his old employers.

Town were just about holding their own but to concede almost immediately following the penalty will frustrate Wagner, who looks for a positive reaction from his players to every setback.

Goal - Boro make it two

33. A mountain to climb now as the hosts double within a minute through Gaston Ramirez - the man who was brought down by Joel Lynch for the penalty.

Boro 2 Town 0.

Leadbitter scores

And Leadbitter makes no mistake with the kick.

Boro 1-0 Town.