Middlesbrough entered the playoff places after producing one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Coventry started the game just two points behind their opponents and had a number of chances before hitting the woodwork. Andraz Sporar scored the only goal of the game and his eighth of the season in the 58th minute.

Managers Reaction 

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We have talked long and hard about the depth off the bench and now we have game-changers in there. We have competition for places. I was delighted we had that opportunity to make those changes when we wanted to. We felt the time was right, we needed a spark from somewhere and got that from Flo. It is a good result. It wasn’t a stand-out performance from us, it wasn’t a Forest, Huddersfield, or a Stoke performance that we have previously turned in, and you have to look at your own performance and we gave it away cheaply. The result always is the focus and we would have liked our performance to be better.”

Coventry’s Mark Robins: “We should be talking about a win, never mind a defeat. It was similar to QPR last weekend. We have to take the chances when they come. We didn’t do that. We probably got it wrong once and they scored from that. There was a bit of luck from a one-two, a deflection, there was then nutmeg and we were out of position. There was only one place the ball could have gone from there.”

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