Chris Wilder celebrated his first victory as Boro manager by watching his side clinically sweep aside Huddersfield Town.
Two Duncan Watmore goals proved the difference between the two sides, with the home side netting a late consolation, but the 2-1 margin wasn’t a true reflection of how much Boro dominated the contest.
Boro’s pressing laid the foundations for a terrific footballing display and it was only fitting that at the third time of asking, the new boss got his rewards when his team saw the game out to a victorious finish, despite tiring legs.
Boro were ahead on 16 minutes. Jonny Howson found Isaiah Jones out wide and Watmore made no mistake in converting the chance, sweeping the ball past Lee Nicholls in the Huddersfield goal.
The second goal wasn’t long in coming – just six minutes later. Matt Crooks picked out the movement of Watmore and the goalscorer showed great composure to deliver another cool finish to double the advantage.
Boro were playing some delightful football and when Andraz Sporar released Watmore again, Nicholls smothered the shot to prevent an 11-minute hat-trick.
Watmore was also denied again by Nicholls after cutting in from the left and Sporar had a shot blocked as Boro controlled proceedings against the West Yorkshire outfit. Wilder’s side passed the ball around at will to leave Huddersfield chasing shadows in the period up to half-time.
The second half started as the first ended and Nicholls was called into action early doors when he had to save from Marcus Tavernier. The Huddersfield keeper also had to react well to collect a Watmore header.
It was almost three before the hour-mark when Watmore teed up Sporar, but the Slovenian’s finish was just inches off target with Nicholls beaten.
Watmore also flashed another shot wide of the mark as Boro looked capable of opening Huddersfield up whenever the opportunity arose.
And with just over 10 minutes remaining, Boro should have been awarded a penalty. A Tavernier shot was blocked by the arm of a Huddersfield defender, but the appeals went unrewarded.
Town did pull one back, a heavily deflected effort that squirmed past Luke Daniels, but too late to threaten Boro's victory.