Sep 20, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
Middlesbrough
4-0
Brentford
Leadbitter (35'), Adamoah (50'), Bamford (68'), Kike (89')
Fredericks (22'), Bamford (53')
Whitehead (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Tarkowski (32')

Result: Middlesbrough cruise past sorry Brentford

Middlesbrough beat Brentford 4-0 as goals from Grant Leadbitter, Albert Adomah, Patrick Bamford and Kike send them into the Championship playoff places.

Ten-man Middlesbrough saw off Brentford 4-0 at the Riverside Stadium after a man-of-the-match display from Emilio Nsue.

Boro have now won three games in a row to climb into the play-off positions, while this defeat sees Brentford lose their second consecutive game.

Aitor Karanka's men were quick out of the blocks, with the impressive Patrick Bamford seeing his strike fizz over David Button's crossbar in the early stages.

The hosts were controlling the game and playing good football, with Grant Leadbitter and Ryan Fredericks combining well.

Middlesbrough deserved the opener when it came just after the half-hour mark. Leadbitter picked the ball up 25 yards out and unleashed a thunderous strike past Button.

Leadbitter almost doubled his tally and the lead moments later, sending his effort just over the crossbar.

It was all Middlesbrough again as the second half began and it did not take long for the second goal to come.

With an impressive forward move, Nsue broke down the right to deliver a pin-point cross which was met by the sliding Albert Adomah.

It was Adomah again who was at the heart of the action moments later. The Ghana international was on the end of another fine Nsue delivering, but fired his shot into the side-netting on this occasion.

Nsue was involved again as Boro took a 3-0 lead. Bamford headed home after another cross from the Spaniard.

The hosts were in a winning mood and did not seem put off when Dean Whitehead was given a straight red card in the 83rd minute for a two-footed challenge.

Six minutes later, Kike completed the rout with a deft chip over Button to make it 4-0.

Boro player Grant Leadbitter in action during the npower Championship match between Middlesbrough and Hull City at Riverside Stadium on October 23, 2012
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