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Middlesbrough’s poor away form has been holding them back this season - but they blew Birmingham away.
Boro fought back from a goal down inside quarter of an hour and, with Etheridge’s help, picked up only their second win on the road.
It’s their best win since a 4-1 victory over Ipswich in March 2015.
Boro stormed into the Championship’s top six and boss Neil Warnock said: “It’s a long time since we got four goals away from home.
“We were dominant and we could have had more.”
Sun on Sunday
Neil Warnock’s side moved into the top six with a dominant display despite Boro taking the lead.
And it was Boro’s recalled duo Lewis Wing and Britt Assombalonga that did the damage.
It was more misery for ex-Riverside boss Aitor Karanka - with a third successive home defeat and their worst result at home in almost four years.
Britt Assombalonga ticket away his customary goal against City - the seventh of his career - as Birmingham’s defence opened up.
It took four more minutes for the hosts to be cut apart again, this time George Saville benefiting for his first goal for two months, from close range.
Then Etheridge handed over the win to Boro in a nightmare afternoon.
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Joyful Boro accept Etheridge gifts
Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock was full of festive spirit as his side forced their way into the Championship play-off places with their best win for nearly six years.
Boro haven’t had a win like that since March 2015, and it’s their biggest away win since December 2014.
It may have been cruel on the Blues goalkeeper, but Warnock didn’t mind as his side prepares for a happy Christmas.
“The Middlesbrough fans are going to love it, aren’t they?”
Warnock will no doubt be grinning with pride after his two changes had the desired effect despite raising a few pre-match eyebrows.
Britt Assombalonga and Lewis Wing were brought in to start ahead of Duncan Watmore and Chuba Akpom.
Moving to a 4-3-3 so Sam Morsy could sit deep and keep an eye on Birmingham's number ten, the two subs had a big impact on this final result.
Assombalonga was superb and netted Boro's equaliser. Wing scored twice to seal the wing.
So much to like about this Boro team.
The heart, the drive, the passion, the character.
It was all on show here as they responded well to falling behind and dominated the game.
It was a performance that typified everything good about Warnock's Middlesbrough as they just never gave up on anything.