Middlesbrough kept their hopes of a playoff spot intact as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Marcus Tavernier opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Riley McGhee doubled their advantage in the 53rd minute. This was their first win after losing four consecutive matches at home in all competitions.
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We got the job done. We had to – it was a big night for us. They are quite a dangerous opponent; they changed their shape and it opened the game up quite a lot. They had a little bit more possession, so we had to make sure we dealt with one ball and I felt we dealt with that. I thought Sol (Bamba), the old man, was outstanding. As soon as we got our noses in front, there was a little bit more belief flowing through our veins and we were a little bit better. We’ll take 2-0. You come to the back end of the season and we go to the 45th game and we’re still in the board game, so I’m delighted with that.”
Cardiff’s Steve Morison: “We were the masters of our own downfall, I think. In two-thirds of the pitch, I thought we were really good, but we just didn’t have anything in the final third. And then we turned the ball over a couple of times and they punished us. In transitions, they were better than us and the chances we did get, we didn’t take. I’m trying to pick a team that is filled with people that are going to be here next year and that is in the best form. Motivation has to come from within; the staff and I can only do so much.”
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