Ends Boro’s run

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strike af­ter he met Yan­nick Bo­lasie’s low de­liv­ery first time.

That was a sign of things to come. Villa looked dan­ger­ous ev­ery time they broke and the home side could not get hold of the play and Abra­ham had a strong penalty shout dis­missed when he was tripped by Ge­orge Friend.

It was no sur­prise when Ch­ester forced in the opener soon af­ter.

Jack Gre­al­ish’s cor­ner was mis­judged by Ran­dolph. De­fend­ers Danny Batth and Dael Fry both lost Ch­ester, who was able to force the ball over the line from six yards.

As half-time ap­proached Mid­dles­brough went close to lev­el­ling. Mo Besic had an ef­fort saved and Ste­wart Down­ing went close twice, once when he was un­marked at the back post and se­condly his vol­ley was blocked by team-mate Hugill.

Mid­dles­brough pressed af­ter the restart but strug­gled to test goal­keeper Or­jan Ny­land. All they could muster be­fore the hour was a Down­ing ef­fort that flew high into the North Stand.

And soon af­ter Mid­dles­brough man­ager Tony Pulis tin­kered with his for­ward line, the Vil­lans made it two.

Bo­lasie, wanted by the Teessiders in the sum­mer, was left with space to drill a low cross into the area for Abra­ham to slide in and ap­ply the fin­ish.

And then Whe­lan, mo­ments af­ter com­ing on, wrapped it up when Ran­dolph helped his long dis­tance drive in off the left hand post.

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