Fri. Jun 2nd, 2023

Middlesbrough’s quickfire second half comeback saw them draw 2-2 with Bristol City, losing further ground on the automatic promotion places in the Championship.

Boro failed to have any shots on target up until the moment they scored their first goal through Aaron Ramsey in the 58th minute, after some poor defending had seen Bristol City score either side of the break.

Sam Bell (45+1) slotted home on the stroke of half-time, before Harry Cornick (49) turned home from Nahki Wells’ cross.

But Middlesbrough scored twice in six minutes to haul themselves level. Ramsey’s diving header pulled a goal back before Matt Crooks (64) netted the equaliser.

It ends a run of two successive Championship defeats for Boro, who remain eight points away from the automatic promotion places. Burnley and Sheffield United – who currently occupy those spots – play at 8pm, live on Sky Sports.

Bristol City move up two places into 13th with 53 points.

How Boro came back to secure a point

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Bristol City took the lead against Middlesbrough thanks to Sam Bell’s strike on the stroke of half-time

Both sides had massive chances in the opening 15 minutes. Darragh Lenihan twice denied Cornick in quick succession, blocking the first effort with his body before booting away the second. At the other end, Chuba Akpom feels a free header wide of the target.

Some good pressing from Wells down the right wing then allowed Cornick to wriggle through before squaring the ball to Andi Weimann. However, the forward saw his attempt smothered by the oncoming Zack Steffen.

Although there was good play across the pitch, the chances were less frequent. Ryan Giles and Jay Dasilva fired over from range. Crooks also sent a fine header from Jonny Howson’s corner looping over the crossbar.

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Harry Cornick was on hand to tap in as Bristol City moved 2-0 ahead against Middlesbrough

But on the stroke of half-time, Bristol City took the lead. Cornick nipped through once again to retrieve possession for the hosts, and the Middlesbrough defense never recovered. He slotted the ball through for Bell, who swept home past Steffen.

The second half was laden with goals. Bristol City made it 2-0 shortly after the break as Middlesbrough defense was once again found wanting. Bell saw his shot from the left palmed away by Steffen, but Wells was lurking to collect the rebound. His squared pass cross the goal-line was then turned home by Cornick.

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Aaron Ramsey pulled one back for Middlesbrough in their Championship clash with Bristol City

But the Middlesbrough comeback was to swiftly follow. Tommy Smith was played in behind on the right wing, sending an inviting ball into the area. Ramsey was lurking at the back post to send a diving header past Max O’Leary.

Four minutes later, and Boro were back on level terms. It was a lovely give-and-go between Akpom and Ramsey, with the latter slotting the ball through for Crooks. He then easily slotted past the goalkeeper to blow the tie wide open.

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Matt Crooks completed the comeback for Middlesbrough with a dramatic equalizer

It continued it be a fast-paced, end-to-end game as both sides hunted for the winner. In the 87th minute, a Matty James free kick found Zak Vyner towards the back post, but the ball hit him on the chest before flying over the crossbar.

Middlesbrough thought they had scored a late winner too – but a thunderous Cameron Archer strike was correctly ruled out for offside as the points were shared at Ashton Gate.

Player of the match – Sam Bell

What’s next?

Friday 14th April 7:30pm

Kick off 8:00pm

Bristol City head to Watford on Saturday in the Championship; kick off 3pm. Middlesbrough will be back on Sky Sports on Friday as they host Norwich in the Championship; kick off 8pm.

By cb2gp