Fight­ing fans spoil Monk’s maiden win

Daily Mail - - The Verdict - CRAIG HOPE at the River­side Sta­dium

RUDY GESTEDE, who scored just once in an un­happy first eight months on Teesside, got the headed win­ner against Sh­effield United, and a stand­ing ova­tion from the Boro fans. Satur­day’s vic­tory calmed some nerves around the River­side, where Garry Monk, the new man­ager, is ex­pected to de­liver pro­mo­tion af­ter be­ing given £45mil­lion for trans­fers by owner Steve Gib­son. But Boro were for­tu­nate to emerge with three points af­ter de­fender Dael Fry headed into his own goal in stop­page time, only for a lines­man to raise his flag — in­cor­rectly — and rule the goal out. That sparked ugly scenes in­side the sta­dium which spilled over into a car park out­side of the ground. More than 200 fans were in­volved and five ar­rests were made. Chil­dren as young as 10 were caught up in the clashes. As­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Ja­son Har­win of Cleve­land Po­lice said: ‘It’s ter­ri­fy­ing for chil­dren to wit­ness such vi­o­lence, or be in­no­cently em­broiled in it as their par­ents fran­ti­cally try to keep them safe. ‘Un­for­tu­nately a small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple be­have in a man­ner which puts in­no­cent fans at risk.’

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