Middlesbrough Survives without Akpom’s Goal

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Middlesbrough picked up their second win on the bounce since the resumption from the World Cup break, but Manager Michael Carrick wouldn’t worry so much that Chuba Akpom wasn’t among the goal scorers.

Boro have relied largely on the forward for goals since the appointment of Carrick and Akpom has scored or assisted (8goals 1assist) in seven games of the Manager’s nine games in charge.

But on Thursday, Akpom playing in a more deeper role behind the striker, was shut out by the Blackburn defence.

However, it was the hosts who took the lead, Ryan Hedges with the opening goal in the 6th minute.

It wasn’t until the second half before Boro responded, Marcus Forss (46′) with the first goal to level up.

The home team were reduced to 10 men in the 50th minute when John Buckley was shown a straight red and Boro capitalized on the advantage, Riley McGree’s strike in the 56th minute, assisted Forss.

It sealed the three points as Carrick’s men picked another win; their third in four games since the break.

They have now moved up to sixth place, occupying the last promotion playoff place although pending Luton’s game.

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