MX23RW : Tuesday, December 18 21:59:52
Mar 2, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 27,621
Middlesbrough
3-0
LeedsLeeds United
Bamford (31', 36', 68')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Result: Middlesbrough beat Leeds United to go sixth in Championship table

Result: Middlesbrough beat Leeds to go sixth
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Patrick Bamford scores a hat-trick as Middlesbrough move into sixth position in the Championship table courtesy of a 3-0 win over Leeds United at the Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough have moved into sixth position in the Championship table courtesy of a 3-0 win over Leeds United at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.

Patrick Bamford scored his first ever senior hat-trick to secure the points for a team that have now won three of their last five league fixtures. Leeds, meanwhile, failed to build on their 1-0 victory over Brentford last time out as the Whites stayed down in 11th position in the table.

Boro had a half-chance inside the first six minutes when adventurous full-back Ryan Shotton delivered a dangerous cross towards the far post, but Stewart Downing just failed to make contact.

Leeds's first opportunity arrived in the 13th minute when the ball broke for Samuel Saiz in a dangerous area, although the attacker's effort was never threatening to test Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

Both teams were having moments in the final third, but it was the hosts that took the lead in the 31st minute when Bamford expertly turned a dangerous Downing cross into the bottom corner of the net.

Bamford then doubled Boro's lead in the 36th minute when the in-form forward collected a super pass from Adama Traore before smashing the ball through the body of Felix Wiedwald.

Bamford also had the first opportunity of the second period when Leeds goalkeeper Wiedewald made a mess of a long throw from Shotton, but the striker's effort was deflected wide of the post.

Pierre-Michel Lasogga had Leeds's first attempt of the second half in the 66th minute, but the striker's effort was always too high.

Less than two minutes later, Bamford completed his hat-trick as the 24-year-old found the bottom corner from close range after Traore's strike had been deflected into his path.

Former Barcelona youngster Traore continued to dazzle the Riverside with his skill in the latter stages, but Boro could not find a fourth despite a couple of half-chances.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-3-3): Randolph; Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Howson, Leadbitter (Clayton 44'), Besic; Downing, Bamford (Cranie 90'), Traore

LEEDS (4-2-3-1): Wiedwald; Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita; O'Kane (Ekuban 69'), Phillips (Vieira 46'); Dallas, Saiz, Alioski (Forshaw 46'); Lasogga

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15Preston North EndPreston227783537-228
16Wigan AthleticWigan2274112330-725
17Hull City2266102330-724
18Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2266102840-1224
19Brentford2257103334-122
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham2241082233-1122
21Reading2247112735-819
22Millwall2247112838-1019
23Bolton WanderersBolton2246121530-1518
24Ipswich TownIpswich2228121837-1914

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