Boro were left frustrated at Huddersfield after being edged out by the odd goal in five on a dreary afternoon in West Yorkshire.

Boro completely dominated the opening stages of a contest which was played throughout in heavy rain.

And when Britt Assombalonga fired into the side netting after good pressing from Marvin Johnson and Marcus Tavernier forced an error to present the chance it looked to have set the tone. 

The Boro striker had a great opportunity moments later when Johnson got in behind the defence to drill in a perfect ball, but he couldn’t apply the finishing touch and lifted his shot over the bar.

Johnson made no mistake though when Tavernier played him in with a delightful ball, and he drilled home to give Boro the lead inside 15 minutes.

The home side were level with their first shot of the game though. Carel Eiting was the scorer when he shot through a ruck of players to beat an unsighted Marcus Bettinelli. 

And Boro were behind before the break. Lewis O’Brien robbed George Saville in the middle of the park and he was able to feed Frazier Campbell in space to convert the chance.

Johnson warmed the hands of Ryan Schofield early in the second half and the home defence were also forced into more rearguard action when he broke again down the left.

At the other end, Bettinelli made a couple of smart saves, and both sides got in some valuable blocks.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Paddy McNair came within inches when he sent a free-kick just over the top. 

Boro were level moments later however. Assombalonga’s perseverance win a penalty and the striker stepped up to convert to make it 2-2 with seven minutes remaining. 

Parity lasted barely a minute though before Josh Koroma worked himself an opening inside the box before curling a shot beyond the reach of Bettinelli. 

Johnnson came close to having the final say, but his sweet volley was beaten away by Schofield, and soon after substitute Lewis Wing saw a close-range shot blocked.