Result: Middlesbrough 2-1 Southampton

Nigel Adkins
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Southampton fail to secure promotion back to the Premier League by losing 2-1 at Middlesbrough.

Southampton have been made to wait a while yet to secure their promotion back to the Premier League following their 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough this evening.

The match couldn't have started much better for the visiting Saints, who went 1-0 ahead within the opening minute.

Rickie Lambert and Richard Chaplow linked on the edge of the area to release Billy Sharp, who slotted the ball into the net from close range.

However, just one minute before the break the home side were level courtesy of Nicky Bailey, who struck into the net from outside the area.

Both sides continued to threaten to score the third goal of the match after the restart, although neither goalkeeper was called into any telling action during the opening moments.

The winning goal eventually arrived 14 minutes from time when Merouane Zemmama struck from distance past Kelvin Davies in goal.

Southampton will still gain promotion if West Ham United fail to beat Leicester City on Monday night.

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