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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5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
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