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West Bromwich Albion remained top of the Championship table after a late Hal Robson-Kanu winner at Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough had the pick of their possibilities at an abysmal first half with George Saville watching his effort.
But Robson-Kanu was available to put the league leaders tapping the ball in at the back post after a goalmouth scramble.
And the Baggies held on to move two points clear of Leeds.
West Brom had gone into the international break near the top of the Championship to conquer Cardiff 4-2 in The Hawthorns.
Nevertheless, they were disjointed with Middlesbrough as Sam Johnstone rescued the bounce of Saville cleared off the ground almost opening the scoring at the end of a first half at the Riverside.
At the end, Matheus Pereira tried a spectacular overhead-kick out of the cross of Grady Diangana but Darren Randolph was equivalent to it until a campaign was parried by Johnstone as either side enhanced at the onset of the second half.
The ball smashed above following the cutback of Ashley Fletcher, although boro had a golden opportunity to open the scoring 15 minutes out of time.
And it was West Brom who the left all three points thanks to Robson-Kanu, while Boro dropped to 21st.
Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees:
We made numerous opportunities, which we will need to choose. Thats what it is all about, placing the ball in the back of the web and creating chances and we didnt do this
They dominated possession but we went toe to toe with a team thatll likely go up – they have got some amazing players but that I thought we played extremely well. If we perform like this and create chances like that, well be fine.
I can not recall a real rescue that Darren Randolph needed to make in the match. I thought we deserved to win the match, we conducted all of them way which was a performance miles better than the execution against Birmingham.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic said:
Its strain up there. Obviously, it is a positive pressure. The more you win that adds to the strain and the closer you will be on the tables peak.
Middlesbrough arent confident and what they want is a couple of wins. Theyre fighting hard and they gave us a game. That they will take action if they continue then theyll be from trouble and I have no doubt.
Make no mistake, we knew what kind of match we expected and it had been the only we didnt want. We were ready for that.
They defended in numbers but with more quality and quantity of strikes, then sooner or later you may get good opportunities. Thats exactly what happened.

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