NUHIU TOO MUCH FOR MID­DLES­BROUGH

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

AN­OTHER op­por­tu­nity missed by Boro, who couldn’t take ad­van­tage of Derby’s de­feat to Ful­ham.

The Teessiders felt ag­grieved when they weren’t awarded an early penalty, but they didn’t jus­tify their league po­si­tion through­out and their de­feat throws the race for au­to­matic pro­mo­tion wide open.

Ai­tor Karanka’s team se­lec­tion cer­tainly raised eye­brows be­fore kick-off and the Spa­niard may have to shoul­der some of the blame af­ter leav­ing out regular starters Grant Lead­bit­ter, Ge­orge Friend and Lee Tom­lin.

As ex­pected, Stu­art Gray’s men han­dled the poor pitch bet­ter but that should be no ex­cuse for the vis­i­tors, who didn’t cre­ate enough.

At­dhe Nuhiu played a lead­ing role in this im­pres­sive per­for­mance for the Owls with a well- taken penalty and as­sist for Will Keane’s goal, while Liam Palmer, Tom Lees and Kamil Zay­atte were dom­i­nant at the back for the Owls.

They move up to tenth in the ta­ble, while the Teessiders stay sec­ond.

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