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Riverside Stadium (ATT 15,662) 15th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Madley

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

M'boro 2

M Emnes (pen 89)
S McDonald (90+4)

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Wolves 0

Middlesbrough moved third in the Championship as Wolves lost 2-0

Last Updated: 19/12/12 12:35pm

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Scott McDonald: Netted Middlesbrough's second goal

Scott McDonald: Netted Middlesbrough's second goal

Middlesbrough grabbed two late goals to move back into third in the Championship as Wolves lost 2-0 at The Riverside.

Stale Solbakken's side had not won on Teesside since 1951 although they seemed on course for a point until Marvin Emnes' penalty and Scott McDonald's strike sealed three points for Boro.

Wolves substitute David Davis went close late on with an effort which looked to be heading in until a deflection diverted it into goalkeeper Jason Steele's arms.

The turning point came moments later as referee Robert Madley awarded a spot-kick to the hosts when a cross struck Karl Henry's arm. The visitors were adamant the contact was purely accidental with Henry keeping his arms by his side, but the penalty was awarded and Emnes sent Carl Ikeme the wrong way in the 89th minute.

To rub salt into the wounds, McDonald smashed in a second in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Wolves pushed for a leveller.

The hosts were the first to go close as Luke Williams forced Ikeme into a stop.

Both sides looked more comfortable on the break and Henry's good work almost culminated in a golden chance for the visitors. Henry darted forward down the left and pulled the ball across goal as Jonathan Woodgate had to step with a last-ditch challenge to stop Sylvan Ebanks-Blake sweeping home.

Chances were at a premium although Wolves' Bakary Sako drilled an effort in from range with Steele right behind it.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray tried to inject some life into his side with the double introduction of tricky winger Emmanuel Ledesma and Emnes, and the former jinked inside before firing straight at Ikeme.

At the other end, Kevin Doyle's vicious effort almost caught Steele out with its movement, though the stopper pushed it wide and away from danger.

The visitors looked the more likely to grab a late goal and substitute Davis thought he had clinched three points, but his effort was deflected into Steele's path.

Moments later Boro were awarded a penalty when McDonald's cross struck Henry on the arm. Emnes stroked home the spot-kick and he then turned provider, teeing up McDonald for the hosts' second goal.

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1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26