Johnny Howson scored his first goal since October to ensure that Middlesbrough salvages a point against Blackburn in the Championship. Neither side could affect the football results late on as both sides had a player sent off towards the end of the game. Hayden Carter was sent off in the 79th minute before Sam Morsy suffered the same treatment from the referee.

Middlesbrough captain Howson scored a sublime goal by chipping it over Thomas Kaminski nine minutes before the halftime whistle. Sam Gallagher had scored a spectacular goal in the 17th minute for the visitors. Blackburn got off to a flyer, dominating the early exchanges, and was rewarded with their goal. They were unable to hang on to their lead after defeating West Brom last weekend.

Middlesbrough’s Neil Warnock: “It was a very poor decision, he said to the fourth official that it was a straight red card (for Morsy), deliberately injuring him. I don’t even think it was yellow. A red card? He has flicked his foot out, not a straight leg I will give him that, but he hardly made contact. It compounds his afternoon. We will appeal against it.”

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “It wasn’t very nice was it? It takes two teams to play a football match, Boro deny you playing that, it’s very combative in there. It was an eye-opener for our young players today. We stuck at it, there was no fluency to the game. Daniel Ayala was immense. It was no surprise that when he was up for a corner they broke and scored.”

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