Cardiff's winning run ends at Middlesbrough

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Isaiah Jones celebratesIsaiah Jones' goal was his first in the Championship since November 2022

Middlesbrough's upturn in fortunes continued as Isaiah Jones and Emmanuel Latte Lath goals secured a third successive Championship victory and halted Cardiff City's winning run.

Jones claimed his first league goal in 11 months early in the second half, the winger tapping in after good work from Lukas Engel.

The opener came just after Cardiff's best effort, when Ollie Tanner beat Seny Dieng but saw his shot crash to safety off the far post.

Middlesbrough put the result beyond doubt as Latte Lath burst forward on the counter-attack and kept his composure to skip inside Manolis Siopis and beat Jak Alnwick.

Boro, who reached the play-offs last season, had been in the bottom three having failed to win in their first seven league games of this campaign.

But Michael Carrick's team are up to 16th after ending Cardiff's sequence of four straight second-tier victories and registering a first league clean sheet of the season.

The Bluebirds have made a promising start to life under Erol Bulut, though defeat sees them drop out of the play-off places on goal difference.

Cardiff had the best opportunity of a tight first half, when Kion Etete's flick sent Karlan Grant into space and the on-loan West Brom forward saw a low shot saved by Middlesbrough keeper Dieng.

A square pass to the unmarked Tanner may have been the better option for Grant, particularly on a night when Cardiff found clear openings hard to come by.

Chances were limited at the other end too, though Sam Greenwood almost made a mark in his first league start for Middlesbrough with a 20-yard effort which was pawed to safety by Alnwick.

Jones' clever footwork in the box then had Bulut worried for a moment, only for Dimitios Goutas' sliding block to end the danger.

Cardiff threatened first after the break when Perry Ng's cross reached Tanner on the opposite flank.

The former Lewes winger turned one way and the other before driving against the woodwork.

Four minutes later, Middlesbrough were ahead. Summer signing Engel has not had an easy start to life on Teesside, but seized his moment having been recalled at left-back in the absence of the injured Lewis O'Brien.

When Engel's initial cross was half-cleared, the Dane burst on to the loose ball and drilled in a low centre which Jones met with a simple finish.

Paddy McNair of Middlesbrough and Ollie Tanner of Cardiff CityMiddlesbrough defender Paddy McNair clears as Cardiff's Ollie Tanner puts him under pressure

Cardiff lacked inspiration in their search for an equaliser, with the Welsh side's cause not helped by a notable injury list which features the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Josh Bowler and Yakou Meite.

It was Middlesbrough who looked more menacing as the clock ticked down, though their second goal started from a cleared Cardiff corner.

Latte Lath ran from close to halfway before cutting inside, stumbling and then regaining his balance to steer in his third goal for the club.

It might have got even better for Middlesbrough in added time, but Marcus Forss' goalbound effort was cleared by Goutas.



Formation 4-2-3-1

1Dieng2Smith6Fry17McNair27EngelSubstituted forBanguraat 90'minutes4Barlaser7Hackney11JonesSubstituted forForssat 70'minutes29GreenwoodBooked at 75minsSubstituted forRogersat 87'minutes8McGreeSubstituted forCrooksat 87'minutes19CoburnSubstituted forLatte Lathat 70'minutes


9Latte Lath10Rogers15Dijksteel18Silvera21Forss23Glover24Bangura25Crooks26Lenihan


Formation 4-3-3

21Alnwick18AdamsSubstituted forRomeoat 71'minutes4GoutasBooked at 80mins5McGuinness38NgBooked at 36mins6WintleSubstituted forRobinsonat 67'minutes23Siopis8Ralls32TannerSubstituted forUgboat 61'minutes9EteteSubstituted forColwillat 71'minutes16GrantBooked at 32mins



Referee:Andy Madley


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Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 0.

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Cardiff City 0.

Foul by Matt Crooks (Middlesbrough).

Callum Robinson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Mark McGuinness.

Morgan Rogers (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dimitrios Goutas.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Barlaser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dimitrios Goutas.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Rogers (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Daniel Barlaser (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Ralls (Cardiff City).

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Alex Bangura replaces Lukas Engel.

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jak Alnwick.

Attempt saved. Morgan Rogers (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Crooks with a through ball.

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Matt Crooks replaces Riley McGree.

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Morgan Rogers replaces Sam Greenwood.

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