On this day seven years ago, two red cards couldn't prevent Boro from picking up three points over Birmingham City.
Danny Graham prodded in to give Boro the advantage, then Jacob Butterfield slammed a spectacular half-volley past future Teessider Darren Randolph to make it two-nil.
But Emyr Huws hit back for Birmingham with a spectacular long-range effort of his own.
Kenneth Omeruo and Ben Gibson were both booked for bringing an end to a Birmingham counter-attack, a second yellow card for the on-loan Nigerian which saw him dismissed.
Gibson was also given his marching orders minutes later for a tug on the shirt of Nikola Zigic.
Despite only having nine men on the field, it was Boro who grabbed the game's fourth and final goal, Lee Tomlin capitalising on a defensive mix-up to smash home and put the contest to bed.