Middlesbrough 0-1 Blackburn LIVE: Pulis makes all three subs as Boro chase


Join us for build-up, live updates and reaction from the Riverside as Boro host Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn

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Middlesbrough are looking to bounce back from their Aston Villa setback as they host Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside.

It’s Tony Mowbray’s first return to the Riverside since he left the club in 2013.

Rovers were boosted by a win over Sheffield Wednesday last week which came the day after Mogga had signed a new deal at Ewood.

Tony Pulis is pleased with the way his players have responded in training this week after the Villa setback.

Boro are without Dael Fry but could welcome Ryan Shotton back into the side, with the right-back having recovered from his knee injury.

Blackburn are six points behind Boro ahead of the game. They’ve won three of their 10 games on the road so far this season.

Join Philip Tallentire for build-up, live updates and match reaction from the Riverside.

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Sunderland game called off

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Rovers make a change

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It’s game on


Boro equalise

Britt Assombalonga scores a beauty to make it 1-1 in the 62nd minute.

Jonny Howson celebrates with Britt Assombalonga

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Hugill chance

58mins: Hugill gets goalside after latching onto a Saville long-pass but is unable to get a shot off as Mulgrew times his challenge to perfection.


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Leeds and Norwich are winning

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Rovers yellow

54mins: Dack is cautioned for a foul on Shotton.

Tony Pulis

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Rovers hit the woodwork

52mins: Dack shot hits the post and Conway’s shot from the rebound is saved

0-1 to Rovers

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Rovers press

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Half-time change

Downing has made way for Assombalonga

And Adam Clayton is replaced by Saville so that’s all three subs used

46mins: 0-0

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Half-time scores

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Loads for Boro to do

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Half-time at the Riverside

The whistle has blown for half-time and Boro trail 1-0 and are down to 10 men.

It’s been a half to forget for Tony Pulis’s side.

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Friend booking

43mins: George Friend has been booked for simulation.

George Friend receives a yellow card

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Rovers miss a great chance

42mins: Evans fails to score after Randolph parries a Graham shot. Bad miss from the visitors.

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Dani saves Boro

37mins: A fine challenge from Ayala to clock a Graham shot from inside the box.

Daniel Ayala

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The only goal so far

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Rovers pressure

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Boro make a change

Lewis Wing has replaced Ashley Fletcher who managed just 32 minutes in his first start since October 2017


Ashley Fletcher

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Half an hour gone

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QPR have scored at Leeds

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Boro shot

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It’s a nightmare


Rovers take the lead

22mins: And it’s gone from bad to worse. Mulgrew has scored from a direct free-kick.

Darren Randolph fails to keep out Blackburn’s opener at the Riverside


Red card for Boro

Mo Besic has been sent off for pulling Dack back and denying him a goalscoring opportunity

20mins 0-0

Mo Besic is shown a red card for a foul on Bradley Dack

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Mo’s playing well

On BBC Tees, Neil Maddison has been impressed by Besic so far. 0-0

Mo Besic

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Rovers booking

18mins: Williams has been booked for a foul on Shotton. 0-0

Ryan Shotton warms up ahead of Boro’s game with Blackburn (Image: Simon Moore/Focus Images Ltd)

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Boro booking

13mins: Shotton is booked for a rash challenge on Evans in the centre-circle. 0-0.

Ryan Shotton (Image: Matt Wilkinson/Focus Images Ltd)

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What a chance

10mins: Hugill fails to control the ball in a wonderful position six yards out and Williams clears for Rovers. 0-0

Jordan Hugill

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A decent start