Jacob Butterfield celebrates his first Boro goal - Photo by North News

Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil 1

Boro showed one change to the team that drew with Huddersfield here on Tuesday with Marvin Emnes returning for Muzzy Carayol, who dropped to the bench where he had Seb Hines for company for the first time this season.

Gary Johnson made two changes from the side that lost at home to Leicester, also on Tuesday. Jamie McAllister returned to captain the side, with Byron Webster the other change. Dan Seaborne and Luke Ayling were the men to make way.

Starting positively, Boro had their first shot after just 53 seconds when Jacob Butterfield went low from 22 yards, although Wayne Hennessey wasn't unduly troubled as he saved.

It was horrible misjudgement that led to the opening goal as Rhys Williams was caught out midway inside his own half, seeming to misread the pace of the ball as Liam Davies pounced and drove just inside the penalty area before beating Jason Steele with a low shot.

But their lead lasted just short of four minutes as Yeovil failed to clear their lines from Albert Adomah's cross and Grant Leadbitter pounced to volley into the ground and home from 10 yards. It was the earliest goal scored against Yeovil this season.

Twice the woodwork prevented Boro from quickly going into the lead. Kamara was around seven yards out when his header came back off the crossbar and instead of leaving the follow-up to George Friend, who was running onto an open goal, the Sierra Leone international pounced on the loose ball and hit a post.

The ball continued to spend most of the time in the Yeovil half but now and again, often with assistance from the opposition, they caused a problem. That was the case in the 20th minute when Kamara was dispossessed near the halfway line by Andy Williams, whose darting run to the edge of the penalty area was brought to an end by stout defending from Ben Gibson.

It was another error that led to Boro being handed a great chance to take the lead with 22 minutes played. Joel Grant had tracked a pacey left-wing run from Friend and didn't really need to make the challenge that eventually brought the full-back down inside the penalty area.

It was a rare experience after a run of one Boro penalty at home in 67 games, but Hennessey produced an excellent save away to his right to deny Leadbitter, but he could do nothing about the follow-up from Albert Adomah which was bounced in from inside the six-yard box.

Boro had what looked strong claims for another penalty turned away when Adomah appeared to be brought down by Shane Duffy, then Kamara brought a decent save from Hennessey with a strike from 20 yards, near the left-hand edge of the penalty area.

For all Boro's dominance, a chance Adomah put over the bar and general decent approach work, they did look open when Yeovil pounced on mistakes and countered.

Poor control from Emnes sent the visitors off  from the halfway line on another attack, which ended when Steele couldn't hold a low shot and Sam Hoskins, on for Andy Williams, turned in - only to see celebrations cut short by a linesman's flag.

Half-time: Middlesbrough 2 Yeovil Town 1

A lively start to the second half saw Boro increase their lead on 49 minutes when Jacob Butterfield scored his first goal for Boro and became their tenth different scorer this season with a well-struck low drive from close on 25 yards which flew into Hennessey's bottom right-hand corner.

That ought to have set them on their way to a comfortable victory, but just two minutes after the goal Whitehead was dispossessed inside the centre-circle and slipped when attempting to recover. Yeovil broke, Davies racing into the penalty area and squaring to his right.

Steele raced out to block the angle, but Hoskins got the ball past him and was denied by the goalkeeper's left-hand post.

Such moments were rare and Boro were dominant, but they served as a reminder that they needed to tighten.

Going forward they were fluent, although the final ball sometimes lacked quality. Butterfield wasn't too far from grabbing his second when he drilled a 22-yard shot that Hennessey saved away to his left.

Leadbitter skipped past Ed Upson towards the edge of the penalty area, only just failing to set up Adomah.

However, it wasn't long before Boro added a fourth when subsitute Carayol whipped over a left-wing corner and Kei Kamara powered home a header.

Leadbitter then left the field to rich applause when he was replaced by Jozsef Varga,

Not content, and rightly so, Boro went for more as the ball fizzed in around the Yeovil penalty area, but it was the visitors who missed a glorious opportunity four minutes from time when Hoskins crossed low from the right and half-time sub Keiffer Moore missed an open goal from two yards - an astonishing miss.

But this was without question Boro's day, when the smiles returned to the Riverside.

*Earlier today Boro's U18s won 5-0 away to Bolton.

Scorers: Davies, 4; Leadbitter, 8; Adomah, 23; Butterfield, 49; Kamara, 73.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Richardson (Hoyte 76), Gibson, R Williams (Capt), Friend, Adomah, Leadbitter (Varga 77), Whitehead, Butterfield, Emnes (Carayol 62), Kamara. Subs: Leutwiler (gk); Hines, Smallwood, Jutkiewicz.

Yeovil Town: Hennessey; Webster (Capt from 79), Edwards, McAllister (Capt to 79.) (Dawson 79), Upson, Duffy, Ralls, Davies, Grant, Williams (Hoskins 32) Madden (Moore 46). Subs: Dunn (gk); Ayling, Seaborne, Hayter.

Referee: Dean Whitehouse


Yeovil: McAllister, 28, foul; Ralls, 69, foul.

Attendance: 13,181 (236 Yeovil)

Conditions: Bright and mild with a gentle breeze.

Website Boro Man of the Match: Jacob Butterfield

Possession: Middlesbrough 68% Yeovil Town 32%




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