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Yeovil Town 1 Boro 4

Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4

Bright sunshine greeted Boro and their fans for the first visit to Huish Park.

Jason Steele made just his second appearance under Aitor Karanka, coming in to replace Dimi Konstantopoulos, who dropped to the bench.

Jonathan Woodgate (hamstring), Grant Leadbitter (ankle) and George Friend (groin) missed out through injury. Seb Hines started a game for the first time since November 9, lining up alongside Daniel Ayala in the centre of defence in a side captained by Dean Whitehead.

Defeat at Brighton in their last match confirmed the worst fears of the Glovers' faithful and they will play their football in the league below nest season.

Gary Johnson, today serving a touchline ban, made two changes from the side beaten at Brighton, Ruben Palazuelos and Tom Lawrence making way for Kevin Dawson and Samuel Foley.

More than 1,300 Boro fans made the longest journey of the season and were applauded by the Yeovil fans shortly before kick-off.

Three shots, two corners and a yellow card made for a lively opening few minutes as Foley and then Danny Graham twice had shots and Hines went into the book for a clattering challenge.

A low shot from Lee Tomlin was blocked early in its travels, Yeovil won another corner and Boro missed a great chance to take the lead with just over 11 minutes played and the game continued in an open fashion.

Nate Chalobah set off on a run, which included a high backheel, before, squaring to Graham who got it all wrong three yards out - no-one could believe the miss, least of all the player himself, who had made a good run to be in the right place at the right time.

Steele was called into action with just over 20 minutes played, back-pedaling to tip over after James Hayter chipped from the edge of the penalty area. Jamie McAllister was next to threaten but a low shot from 22 yards, well struck as it was, was always going wide.

Graham then had a shot blocked and Chalobah and Tomlin were off target from 18 and 21 yards respectively.

Aitor Karanka was forced into a change with 24 minutes played as Chalobah limped off to be replaced by Jacob Butterfield.

A left-wing free-kick from Foley deep in Boro territory caused problems for Steele as he crash-landed and dropped the ball, Samuel Hoskins getting underneath a follow-up attempt which cleared the bar.

Marek Stech made a very smart save to deny Graham but with 31 minutes played he couldn't hold on to a low shot from Emmanuel Ledesma and Danny Graham was on hand to tuck in from the edge of the six-yard box, again in the right place at the right time.

It was nearly two a couple of minutes later as Graham set up Ledesma, whose shot from close to the edge of the penalty area crashed back off the bar.

Albert Adomah was next to threaten, a powerful drive from an awkward angle turned round by Stech for Boro's first corner.

But the next goal came at the other end with 38 minutes played as Luke Ayling crossed from the right, Hoskins scuffed a shot but no-one closed down James Hayter, who stroked home low from 12 yards.

It took just two minutes for Boro to regain the lead as Graham peeled away in the Yeovil half and set up Emmanuel Ledesma, who rammed home low from around 10 yards.

Lee Tomlin made it four goals in 12 minutes as a delightful touch to a long ball from Steele took him beyond Stech, who had come out of his area. There was still plenty to do with the angle narrowing all the time as the ball raced for the goal-line, but Tomlin won the race and tucked in from close range.

Half-time: Yeovil 1 Middlesbrough 3

Both sides made changes at the break, Boro's seeing Adomah replaced by Adam Reach and he was involved as Boro made it four on 47.

Graham, sitter miss apart, was having an influential game and he set up Reach out wide on the left. He stood up a fine cross to the back post where Emmanuel Ledesma was waiting to acrobatically scissor-kick into the bottom left-hand corner.

Ledesma nearly had another 11 minutes into the second half when he struck a 23-yard free-kick low. It took a deflection and Stech made a terrific save one-handed away to his right.

Boro should have made it five but when Graham looks back in this game he'll fast forward past two points, his sitter in the first half and one, just as glaring, on 59 minutes when Tomlin unselfishly set him up after a good run but his low shot in front of an open goal and the Boro fans was off target.

He had been involved in three of the four goals up to this point and his link-up play was very good, but some will only remember the misses.

He was involved again as Boro pressed for a fifth, threading the ball through the legs of a defender to set up Reach, who was off target with a powerful shot.

Ledesma went for his hat-trick, set up by Graham, but a curling effort was blocked, just as Tomlin'a shot was a few minutes later.

But it didn't really matter, the job was done.

Summing up the sporting feel to the day, Adomah, to great applause from the Yeovil fans, decided to play an impromptu role in dancing with the post-match entertainment girls.

Scorers: Graham 31, Hayter 38, Ledesma 40, Tomlin 43, Ledesma 47.

Yeovil Town: Stech; Ayling, McAllister (Capt), Edwards, Webster, Duffy, Dawson (Davis 46), Ralls, Hayter, Foley (Grant 46), Hoskins (Twumasi 62). Subs: Dunn (gk); Lanzoni, Jones, Morgan. Order of subs on 46: 1) Davis 2) Grant.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Varga, Ayala, Hines (Capt from 65), Gibson, Adomah (Reach 46), Whitehead (Capt to 65) (Morris 65), Ledesma, Chalobah (Butterfield 24), Tomlin, Graham. Subs: Konstantopoulos (gk); Omeruo, L Williams, Main.

Referee: Graham Salisbury

Yeovil Town: Duffy, 25, foul; Ralls, 45+2, dissent.
Middlesbrough: Hines
, 5, foul.

Attendance: 6,477 (1,348 Boro)

Conditions: Sunny with a cool edge to a gentle breeze

Possession: Yeovil Town 44% Boro 56%

Website Boro Man of the Match: Lee Tomlin




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