Louise Taylor at the Riverside Stadium

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Name: Louise Taylor at the Riverside Stadium
Date registered: November 3, 2015
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/football/championship

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  1. Gabriel Jesus equaliser for Manchester City denies Middlesbrough priceless win — April 30, 2017
  2. Mesut Özil supplies respite for Arsenal but despair for Middlesbrough — April 17, 2017
  3. Burnley’s Matt Lowton denies Middlesbrough late on in tame draw — April 8, 2017
  4. Manchester United’s José Mourinho refuses to discuss Middlesbrough spat — March 19, 2017
  5. Antonio Valencia seals win for Manchester United over Middlesbrough — March 19, 2017

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Apr 30

Gabriel Jesus equaliser for Manchester City denies Middlesbrough priceless win

Gabriel Jesus saved Pep Guardiola from severe embarrassment on Teesside, the young Brazilian’s late header earning Manchester City a scarcely deserved point as Middlesbrough finally remembered how to score.

It left Guardiola’s side clinging on to fourth place, a point in front of Manchester United and Steve Agnew’s Boro agonising about what might have been. Although mathematically still in with a chance of salvation, realistically they are all but doomed to relegation, with this mini-revival proving horribly tantalising.

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Apr 17

Mesut Özil supplies respite for Arsenal but despair for Middlesbrough

Arsène Wenger unveiled a new formation and his players remembered how to win away as Middlesbrough were left wondering what might have been had Steve Agnew replaced Aitor Karanka a little sooner.

Admittedly Agnew has taken only two points from five games in charge and Boro’s aim of avoiding relegation looks even less feasible than the prospect of Arsenal finishing in the top four but their performances have improved.

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Apr 08

Burnley’s Matt Lowton denies Middlesbrough late on in tame draw

The warm spring sunshine dictated that Middlesbrough treated fans to a pre-match funfair in the club carpark. Complete with bouncy castle, carousel, live music and speciality food it made for a carefree atmosphere only mildly tarnished by the cautionary presence of an adjacent fleet of ambulances and an NHS “health bus”.

By the final whistle though it was Steve Agnew and his Boro players who seemed most in oxygen as their failure to beat a Burnley side without an away league victory this season nudged them a step nearer relegation.

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Mar 19

Manchester United’s José Mourinho refuses to discuss Middlesbrough spat

• Boro’s Rudy Gestede clashes with Eric Bailly in tunnel after United win
• Mourinho denies exchanging harsh words with Stewart Downing

José Mourinho refused to answer questions about an unseemly altercation in the tunnel at the Riverside following a bad-tempered end to Manchester United’s 3-1 win at Middlesbrough.

Stewards were called to separate the warring players as a spat between Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and United’s Eric Bailly continued beyond the final whistle with a bout of push and shove.

Related: Antonio Valencia seals win for Manchester United over Middlesbrough

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Mar 19

Antonio Valencia seals win for Manchester United over Middlesbrough

It may have ended in acrimony with a late altercation involving Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and Manchester United’s Eric Bailly subsequently spilling over into the tunnel but, away from the sound and fury, both managers were left harbouring grounds for cautious optimism.

Hope can be a fragile commodity but on a day when goals from Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valenica lifted his side to fifth, José Mourinho can still dream of gate-crashing the top four while, thanks to Gestede, Boro at least scored their first goal in five League games.

Related: Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United: Premier League – as it happened

Related: Gareth Southgate says England players can benefit from moving abroad

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Mar 12

Pep Guardiola glows as praxis starts to make perfect at Manchester City | Louise Taylor

The Catalan has not had the easiest start in England but the manner of his side’s dispatching of Middlesbrough suggests his ideology is starting to take hold

Pep Guardiola’s eyes sparkled with the evangelical glint of a conviction politician. Manchester City’s manager does not care much for consensus, compromise or pragmatism and his barely contained post-match excitement at Middlesbrough reflected the Catalan’s belief that his philosophy is, once again, being vindicated.

Related: Manchester City and David Silva catch Middlesbrough cold to reach semi

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2017/mar/12/pep-guardiola-ideology-machnester-city

Mar 11

Aitor Karanka praises Middlesbrough’s ‘fighters’ after loss to Manchester City

• Middlesbrough manager’s future still in doubt after FA Cup exit
• Manager under scrutiny for dropping Stewart Downing and Patrick Bamford

Aitor Karanka’s future as Middlesbrough’s manager remains uncertain following FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester City at The Riverside but, outwardly at least, the Basque remains typically defiant.

“City showed they’re one of the best teams,” said Karanka after goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero propelled Pep Guardiola’s side into the semi finals. “But I’m really proud of my players because they’ve given a massive effort, from the first minute until the end. We were trying to apply high pressure and the effort has been amazing.”

Related: Manchester City and David Silva catch Middlesbrough cold to reach semi

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Mar 11

Manchester City and David Silva catch Middlesbrough cold to reach semi

If Leroy Sané was almost certainly Manchester City’s man of the match, Brad Guzan’s status as Middlesbrough’s outstanding individual brooked absolutely no debate.

Aitor Karanka’s goalkeeper performed wonders to keep the scoreline respectable on a day when Pep Guardiola’s side warmed up for Wednesday’s second leg Champions League tie in Monaco by extending their unbeaten run to 11 games as they coasted into the FA Cup semi-finals.

Related: Middlesbrough 0-2 Manchester City: FA Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Related: FA Cup photo essay – Middlesbrough v Oxford United in the fifth round

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Feb 18

Middlesbrough’s Cristhian Stuani strikes late to halt Oxford fightback

Aitor Karanka’s belief that his relegation threatened side can afford to take the FA Cup seriously is set to be tested. Despite folding briefly as Oxford United ignited a fascinating tie by recovering from a two-goal deficit to draw level, Middlesbrough were galvanised by the emergence of the heavy artillery from their bench with Cristhian Stuani’s goal finally sending them into the quarter-finals.

This was dubbed “the Robbie Mustoe derby” in homage to the former Oxford and Boro midfielder who is now the US-based face of NBC’s Premier League coverage. Mustoe played in the Teesside side which, 20 years ago and starring Juninho and Fabrizio Ravanelli, reached both the FA Cup and League Cup finals but also suffered relegation. Two decades on, Karanka’s side are their own battle to stay out of the second tier but, publicly at least, Boro’s manager maintains that an FA Cup/survival double is eminently achievable.

Related: Manchester City held by Huddersfield on blank day for Sergio Agüero

Related: Leicester City woes worsen with Shaun Cummings winner for 10-man Millwall

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Jan 28

Stewart Downing sends Middlesbrough through with victory over Accrington

Aitor Karanka’s players may have paid pre-match lip service to the importance of the FA Cup but they looked alarmingly short of adrenaline on a day when John Coleman’s team were evidently brimming with the stuff.

Ultimately, Stewart Downing’s exquisite left-foot shot into the top corner propelled Middlesbrough into the fifth round, yet, for prolonged periods, this imbalance helped bridge the chasm between fifth bottom in the Premier League and fifth from the foot of League Two.

Related: FA Cup photo essay: Accrington Stanley v Luton in the third round

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Jan 21

Andy Carroll’s double sinks Middlesbrough as West Ham climb table

Andy Carroll not only scored twice but made a compelling case for an England recall as West Ham United’s mid-winter revival continued with a fifth win in seven league games.

Much more of this from Slaven Bilic’s side and the striking Dimitri Payet will seem both increasingly dispensable and an even bigger idiot than he already appeared.

Related: Bournemouth keep on digging to deny Watford thanks to Benik Afobe

Related: Seamus Coleman strikes for Everton to keep Crystal Palace in drop zone

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Jan 08

Middlesbrough see off Sheffield Wednesday but Daniel Ayala sees red

A tie that had threatened to turn into a grim case study highlighting the compelling need for a winter break instead burst, belatedly, into vibrant, dramatic life. As if goals from Grant Leadbitter, Álvaro Negredo and Marten de Roon were not sufficient, there was also controversy with Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala contentiously sent off as Aitor Karanka’s side headed for the fourth round.

Related: Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa: FA Cup third round – live!

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