11' A. Negredo A. Traore
73' G. Sigurdsson F. Llorente
87' B. Espinosa V. Fischer
M. de Roon
Boro get past Swansea on late goal to secure spot in top 3
This morning, manager Hckyjck confirmed what many had though when he announced that he would be leaving Middlesbrough after this season. It was a very strange time to make this announcement with such a big game still needed to be played but he thought this was the right time, "It had been hanging over me for a while but I figured it was the right time to make the decision. I knew the team would act as true professionals and finish out the season on a strong note wanted to finally gain promotion to A."
Boro needed a win to secure a spot in the top 3 and they came out firing. Alvaro Negredo continued his fine form when he got on the end of an Adama Traore cross to find the back of the net. The Swansea backline and keeper Fabianski stood no chance as the strong Spaniard easily out jumped everyone and put the home side up one to nil. The home fans really had to like their chances of securing the top 3 after a start like that but the home side fell into a shell and saw the away side dominate possession the rest of the half.
Both sides came out of halftime unchanged but Boro were the first to have a chance to double their lead when Fabianksi punched a Traore cross outside the box, de Roon jumped on it and skyed the ball well over the net. Swansea experienced their most success down the right hand side where Narsingh and Naughton had a lot of space but neither could find the perfect ball in to find a goal. Negredo almost found his second with another peach of a cross from Traore but put the ball into the side netting. Swansea finally found the goal to even the scoreline, when Kyle Naughton put in a ball to Llorrente at the top of the box who then laid it off to Sigurdsson who coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. The home fans were shocked with only 15 minutes left to decide their future. With 5 minutes left, Boro still had yet to find the winning goal but had just won a corner. Manager Hckyjck used this as a time to switch up the formation and make all three subs. Fischer came on and took the corner and found a leaping Bernardo Espinosa in the middle of the box. The goal was coming for a while as Negredo had hit the post a couple times.
Boro saw the game out and will now face Monterrey in a playoff to decide automatic promotion.