Britt Assombalonga scored twice in a game that saw Neil Warnock give minutes to 17 players as Boro picked up a third victory of pre-season.

The game’s first chance game courtesy of a powerful run from Anfernee Dijksteel, winning a free-kick on the edge of the area which Assombalonga curled narrowly over.

The Boro striker then headed over from Djed Spence’s cross, but was on target after just seven minutes when he outmuscled his marker and coolly slotted away.

Dejan Stojanovic was called into action for the first time to save with relative ease from Miguel Almiron, then Boro doubled the advantage.

Assombalonga once again proved too strong for his marker, riding a foul and finding Ashley Fletcher out wide. His strike partner returned the favour across goal and Britt was left with a simple finish.

Fletcher saw a snapshot comfortably saved as Boro continued to press, then Spence danced past two out wide and delivered square to Marcus Tavernier, whose shot was held. 

Tavernier soon made it three for Boro as he lashed in from the edge of the Newcastle area.

The visitors did get one back before the break, Allan Saint-Maximin escaping the attentions of Grant Hall on the breakaway before putting it past Stojanovic. 

The second half started with a bit of an off the ball confrontation that led to both sides being reduced to ten, with Lewis Wing dismissed for Boro and Jamaal Lascelles off for the visitors.

The resulting free-kick, awarded in Boro's favour, was lofted into the Magpies area, and Grant Hall rose highest to head back across goal and in for Boro’s fourth of the afternoon. 

Warnock rang the changes as the game entered its final half hour, Sam Folarin, Ben Liddle, Sam Stubbs and Stephen Walker among those to get significant minutes as the match progressed.

The lively Folarin broke free down the right flank and delivered to Marcus Browne at the back post, who lifted narrowly over.

Minutes later, Browne showed good endeavour to play in Marc Bola, who was brought crashing to the ground. Ste Walker dispatched the penalty to round off the scoring.