Middlesbrough boosted their playoff hopes as they produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Marcus Tavernier opened the scoring in the 26th minute before Folarin Balogun doubled their advantage four minutes after the break. Josh Coburn made it three in the 82nd minute before Duncan Whatmore completed the scoring in the 90th minute. Both teams were desperate for the three points for contrasting reasons.
Peterborough’s Grant McCann: “It’s a proper learning curve for us. We have to lick our wounds and go again. The result is a kick in the teeth but we can’t complain if we make the mistakes we did. We had the better of the chances in the first half against a team right in the mix trying to get promoted. But we gave them all three of their goals in the second half and you get punished in the Championship for things like that. The number of goals the club has conceded this season is ridiculous and it’s something we have to iron out.”
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We’re in a good position and we’re fighting to try to get back into the big time. I don’t think anyone should back away from that thought process. It’s a good day for us to get a result in a difficult arena and now it’s important we carry that on. Coming to Peterborough was never going to be as straightforward as some people made it out to be – especially with a defeat at Barnsley still quite fresh in our minds. Our attitude and mentality were really good and they had to be. We got a bit sloppy for 10 minutes late in the first half when we couldn’t extend our lead and also gave Peterborough a glimmer.”
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