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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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2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13