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Duncan Whatmore scored in the third minute of stoppage time to help Middlesbrough produce one of the close football results in the midweek action of the Championship. In a game of few chances, Andraz Sporar put the visitors ahead on the hour mark only for Blackpool to equalize in the first minute of stoppage time through Shayne Lavery. The scores stayed level for not long after that when Whatmore got at the end of a cross from Isiah Jones.

Managers Reaction 

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “That was a brilliant effort from my lads in what was a really good game. Middlesbrough is in great form, but we showed terrific energy and passion. If we keep playing like that, we’ll be okay in this league. We’ve had no luck really – I thought we definitely deserved something. We gave Middlesbrough a proper game tonight, but we still lost and this game is about results.”

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “It was a bit of a spectacular finish wasn’t it? It’s been a tough night overall, but we’ve found a way to get a result in the end. We weren’t at our best and we knew it would be tough here at Blackpool, but we got there in the end. I’m never embarrassed to go and enjoy a win like this. Blackpool was really aggressive and they asked a lot of questions of us. That’s the Championship for you, though. There are difficult hurdles for us to get over, but we’ve got our win.”

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