A stoppage time sucker punch from Britt Assombalonga sealed a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday and kept Boro up under their own steam.
The pre-match fears of a far-fetched combination of results and the EFL back-tracking over the Wigan points deductions had fretting fans biting their nails.
But results away from Hillsborough shored up Boro’s position then they themselves put it beyond doubt.
They slipped behind to a freak deflection early on but a spirited fight-back saw Boro rattle the post and twice be denied by the keeper before Paddy McNair stroked home a leveller.
In the second half the game drifted and it looked like it was fizzling out into a draw. Which would have been fine.
But a last gasp attack saw Assombalonga steal the winner to take Neil Warnock’s points haul to 12 from eight games – all on the road – to cement Championship status.
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Warnock was able to celebrate another successful survival mission tonight after Boro secured their Championship safety with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
Paddy McNair cancelled out Jacob Murphy’s early opener in the first half, before Britt Assombalonga claimed a stoppage-time winner when he swept home a shot from Ashley Fletcher’s cross.
On a night that saw Hull City, Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic relegated – pending the latter’s appeal against their points deduction – Boro finished the season in 18th position, four points clear of the bottom three.
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There will be no anxious waiting around for Middlesbrough following the conclusion of the Championship campaign as they mathematically secured survival at Sheffield Wednesday – regardless of any post-season off-field rulings.
Both sides had chances to win it in the final quarter when Assombalonga slotted wide from Marvin Johnson’s cut back and at the other end, Murphy put an effort wide when he found himself unmarked from 10 yards out.
It was a moment the Owls would live to regret as Assombalonga struck with virtually the last kick of the season to win it.
Middlesbrough have been in fine form away from home since Warnock’s arrival, winning four of their five fixtures on the road.
Meanwhile, things will not be so comfortable for Sheffield Wednesday who are not yet safe despite finishing nine points ahead of 22nd-placed Charlton Athletic.
The Owls were charged by the EFL in November over the sale and lease-back of Hillsborough to their owner Dejphon Chansiri.
It has been a difficult second half of the season for Wednesday, who were play-off contenders at the turn of the year after they won 2-0 at Leeds United – who have been promoted as champions – on January 11, which moved them up to sixth.
However, following that victory, results do not make good reading as the Owls have won just three of their last 19 matches.
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it hasn’t been straightforward for Warnock who took charge with eight games to go at the end of last month.
When asked if there was a low point during the relegation battle, Warnock replied: “I don’t think I would have been in the game for 40 odd years if I thought that.
”You are always the one person when you’re the manager who has to be positive every day, yes there were times after the Bristol City game where I woke up at 2 o’clock in the morning and tossed and turned.
”I was going back to the Hull City winner, things like that in my mind which was criminal, the goals we conceded, after four minutes on Saturday against my old club.
Warnock has won four of his eight games at Boro, all away from home.
When asked what it means to keep the Teessiders up, Warnock said: “I’m delighted for the fans and everyone at home, after the QPR and Bristol City games there was a lot of doom and gloom.
”It’s nice tonight, I think the lads have done a fabulous job, unfortunately they are all away from home.
”Four wins on the trot away from home, I don’t think I’ve done that in my career before, it’s a tremendous achievement.”
Here’s what the newspapers made of last night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday…hfctmduh 2020年7月27日