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Middlesbrough vs Queens Park Rangers. Sky Bet Championship.

Riverside StadiumAttendance25,671.

Middlesbrough 0

    Queens Park Rangers 2

    • A Dozzell (43rd minute)
    • J Colback (71st minute)

    Middlesbrough 0-2 QPR: Andre Dozzell scores stunner in win over struggling Boro

    Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet Championship clash between Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers at the Riverside Stadium as goals from Andre Dozzell and Jack Colback sealed an away win.

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    Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and QPR.

    Andre Dozzell's first goal for QPR helped secure a 2-0 victory that leaves winless Middlesbrough at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship.

    Dozzell's powerful strike from outside the area two minutes before half-time put Gareth Ainsworth's side in command at the Riverside.

    And the 24-year-old midfielder, who moved to Loftus Road two years ago from Ipswich, was among the celebrations 19 minutes from time when Jack Colback hammered in the QPR's second.

    It was a much-needed second victory of the season for QPR but one that has left Michael Carrick's Middlesbrough without a win in five league games.

    Neither side posed a threat to either of the goalkeepers in the opening exchanges, despite QPR finding the space down the flanks.

    Ilias Chair, who remained at QPR despite reported transfer window interest from Leicester, was involved down the left a couple of times in the opening few minutes.

    The Morocco international was able to get to the byline and pick out a team-mate in the area on both occasions without troubling former Rs keeper Seny Dieng's net.

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    When QPR did push forward through Chair, Kenneth Paal or Paul Smyth down the opposite flank, Middlesbrough were alert to prevent shots hitting the target.

    And it was a similar story in the opposite direction, where Isaiah Jones, Sammy Silvera and Morgan Rogers looked the most likely to create something early on for the hosts.

    But the only real chance of note in the first 40 minutes was when Jones controlled a Silvera pass before his shot was stopped by the foot of Asmir Begovic.

    That arrived in the 25th minute and Middlesbrough striker Emmanuel Latte Lath was also denied by Begovic 10 minutes later when he tried to beat him from a tight angle.

    Smyth highlighted what danger he could pose when he worked his way into the area from the right and his low delivery across the six-yard box was crying out for Sinclair Armstrong to stretch to meet the ball, but it evaded him.

    Another Smyth run caused panic in the home defence seconds before Dozzell found himself in loads of space 25 yards from goal. The midfielder's thunderous drive crashed in off the left-hand post to put QPR ahead.

    And in the sixth minute of stoppage time Begovic dived to his right to turn away a downward Darragh Lenihan header from Jonny Howson's free-kick to keep the visitors in front.

    After the restart frustrations started to grow for Middlesbrough.

    Lath, who had already been denied by Begovic again, wasted a fantastic situation when Boro had a three-against-one on a counter-attack. QPR were gifted the ball, broke and Dieng prevented Sinclair from scoring at the other end.

    Middlesbrough handed second-half appearances to new signings Sam Greenwood and Lewis O'Brien following loan moves from Leeds and Nottingham Forest respectively.

    And Begovic was on hand once more to prevent Lath scoring after the striker linked up with Silvera in the penalty area on the hour.

    Soon after a phantom whistle brought a short interruption in play, QPR had the important second goal.

    Smyth again got to the line and beyond full-back Lukas Engel. His low cross led to Chair's shot being blocked before former Newcastle and Sunderland midfielder Colback powered his drive into the net, and there was no way back for Boro after that.

    The managers

    Middlesbrough's Michael Carrick:

    "I'm disappointed really. We didn't help ourselves for spells in the game, we had big chances as well, opportunities to score. We will accept it wasn't good enough in general, that's clear but at the same point we had the chances to take.

    "We can't keep saying it, we have to do something about it. I'm disappointed for the players, supporters, it's not great for them to see that. Players have to find a way to get that spark back that we lacked today.

    "Missing chances is part of it, the fact we are making a lot, clear-cut ones as well. Sometimes there is a spell when they don't fall for you, but it is up to us to do something about it and make sure it doesn't happen.

    "We are having really big chances. That gives us a lot of confidence.

    "There were a few things, we didn't start as well as we could have. There are reasons we will have to look at. A slow start to the game made it harder, we were chasing after that. There were moments when we looked good and it was a mixed bag."

    QPR's Gareth Ainsworth:

    "The enjoyment comes from getting what you deserve, over the last three or four weeks.

    "I have had a good look at myself. How I want to play. And the boys are buying into the identity. They have emptied the tank for us.

    "You can put the systems in place but you can't always get them to empty the tank. These boys are a real team for me.

    "I did a little graph before the game and showed them where I want them to go, they have bought into this upward curve. I have just said this isn't a flash in the pan. It's been sensational and two great goals.

    "As a man who shoots from distance, Andre's goal eclipsed my goals, that was so special.

    "I'm really pleased for him, and I hope he takes a leaf out of Jack's book of two in two - that's one player we didn't sign for his goalscoring quality."

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