Sep 13, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​John Smith's Stadium
HuddersfieldHuddersfield Town
Stead (86')
Butterfield (9'), Vaughan (19')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Leadbitter (36', 92')
Friend (26'), Clayton (84')

Half-Time Report: Grant Leadbitter puts Middlesbrough ahead against Huddersfield Town

Half-Time Report: Leadbitter puts Boro ahead
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Grant Leadbitter scores a long-range free kick to put Middlesbrough 1-0 up against Huddersfield Town at half time of their Championship meeting.

Grant Leadbitter's unstoppable 36th-minute free kick has given Middlesbrough a 1-0 half-time lead over Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium.

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos had to be alert in the 11th minute to make a good save from Nakhi Wells, and the Greek stopper was out quickly seven minutes later to smother the striker.

The physical Championship clash saw a number of players go in with forceful tackles, and James Vaughan was shown a yellow card for his volatile reaction to what he perceived to be a foul on him.

Vaughan had to be replaced shortly after the incident with an injury, as players from both sides continued to fly into tackles in a feisty encounter.

The best chance of the opening half-hour fell the way of Terriers defender Joel Lynch, who thumped a header against the bar from Jacob Butterfield's corner.

Six minutes later, Leadbitter sent a powerful free kick hurtling into the back of the net to put Middlesbrough 1-0 ahead, and the goal seemed to give the visitors confidence.

Adam Clayton saw his shot crash into the side-netting before Kike tested Alex Smithies as Boro pushed for a second, but the home side held on to go in just one goal down after 45 minutes.

Derby's Johnny Russell celebrates after scoring his team's fourth goal against Nottingham Forest during the Championship match on March 22, 2014
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