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Riverside Stadium (ATT 14,867) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Barnsley Barnsley

M'boro 3

L Tomlin (54, 90+3)
D Graham (90)

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Barnsley 1

J Mvoto (53)

Championship: Barnsley suffer relegation after losing to Middlesbrough

Last Updated: 29/04/14 12:55pm

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Barnsley keeper Luke Steele could not prevent a Lee Tomlin double

Barnsley keeper Luke Steele could not prevent a Lee Tomlin double

Barnsley were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship after losing 3-1 at Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.

A quick response to a shock Barnsley opener and then a late flourish earned Boro a 3-1 win in their final home fixture of the season.

Boro dominated the first half but Barnsley took the lead early in the second as Jean-Yves M'voto hooked home from a corner, but the home side levelled within 60 seconds as Lee Tomlin drilled home.

Then in a lively finish Boro went ahead in the final minute through Danny Graham before Tomlin wrapped it up deep in stoppage time.

Boro's first chance came on eight minutes as winger Adam Reach robbed defender M'voto on the edge of the box and rifled just over.

Barnsley went close on 12 minutes as Marcus Pedersen's cross from the left was deflected and sent keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos full length to save.

After that Boro started to gradually build up the pressure.

On 32 minutes Reach had an angled shot blocked by defender Kelvin Etuhu and Tomlin rifled the rebound into the chest of keeper Luke Steele.

Then in a flurry of action, Tomlin had a 20-yard effort parried and Reach lashed the rebound wide. Albert Adomah then sent a weak curling effort straight at the keeper.

Boro went close on 42 minutes as Reach had a 20-yard effort parried and immediately after that, Butterfield's low shot sent the keeper full length to tip behind.

And on the stroke of half-time Butterfield crossed for Daniel Ayala to stab goalwards but again Steele saved well.

Tomlin slotted into Reach in a good position in the box but he checked inside and then back again before being closed down and playing it back for Graham to fire over.

Boro started brightly after the break but Barnsley snatched an opener against the run of play on 53 minutes.

They won a corner and when Boro failed to clear Martin Cranie's flag-kick it bounced through to M'voto, who hooked it beyond the dive of Konstantopoulos and inside the far post.

But Boro hit back within a minute as Tomlin seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box and drilled a a low shot inside the far post on 54 minutes.

Barnsley had a good chance on 78 minutes as a cross came in from the left for Nick Proschwitz to fire over when he had time and space to pick his spot.

Boro should have sealed victory on 85 minutes as Nathaniel Chalobah squared for Tomlin in the box but the keeper charged out to block.

But Boro grabbed the lead on 90 minutes when an Adomah shot was blocked and the rebound fell to an unmarked Graham, who slammed home from eight yards out.

And Boro wrapped it up three minutes into stoppage time as Tomlin played a one-two with Adomah to get into the box then drilled home.

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1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23