CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Middlesbrough pile more misery on West Brom and Steve Bruce

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CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP: Middlesbrough pile more misery on Steve Bruce as his winless start as West Brom boss extends to four games… while Paul Ince kick-starts life as the new Reading boss with a win

  • Middlesbrough completed a sensational comeback to beat West Brom 2-1
  • Marcus Tavernier assisted and scored for Boro at the Riverside on Tuesday
  • It’s more misery for Steve Bruce, who is yet to win as West Brom manager
  • Paul Ince, on the other hand, started life as Reading’s interim boss with a win
  • Meanwhile, Coventry beat Bristol City thanks to a late winner from Gyokeres 


Marcus Tavernier sealed a 2-1 comeback victory by Middlesbrough on Tuesday night that extended Steve Bruce’s winless start as West Bromwich Albion manager to four games.

The 22-year-old had already provided an assist for Paddy McNair’s second-half equaliser when he arrived unmarked at the far post to fire home Boro’s 69th-minute winner.

Before Tuesday night, promotion-chasing Albion had not scored since January 22 and Bruce had only registered a point from three games since replacing Valerien Ismael at the start of February.

Marcus Tavernier helped Middlesbrough complete a sensational comeback to beat West Brom

Marcus Tavernier helped Middlesbrough complete a sensational comeback to beat West Brom

It's more misery for Steve Bruce, who is yet to win as West Brom manager after four games

It’s more misery for Steve Bruce, who is yet to win as West Brom manager after four games

The Baggies’ barren scoring run was at least broken after 28 minutes at the Riverside, when Andy Carroll’s cross was only half cleared and Jayson Molumby squeezed in a deflected shot, before Chris Wilder’s side took control. 

The result moves Boro back into the top six and two points ahead of Coventry City, who beat Bristol City at Ashton Gate thanks to an 89th-minute winner from Viktor Gyokeres.

At the other end of the table, Barnsley improved their hopes of avoiding the drop with a 2-0 win at Hull. 

Callum Styles and Carlton Morris were on target in the Tykes’ first away win of the season.

Meanwhile, Coventry City beat Bristol City thanks to a late winner from Viktor Gyokeres (left)

Meanwhile, Coventry City beat Bristol City thanks to a late winner from Viktor Gyokeres (left)

And Paul Ince started life as Reading's interim boss with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City

And Paul Ince started life as Reading’s interim boss with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City

Paul Ince successfully resumed his managerial career after an absence of more than eight years when the new interim boss of Reading saw his relegation-threatened Championship side win 2-1 over Birmingham.

Ince, the 54-year-old former Manchester United and England midfielder, had not taken charge of a game since leaving Blackpool in January 2014.

Birmingham dominated much of the first half, with Reading attacking only on the break, but neither goal was seriously threatened in a tame affair.

Reading eased 2-0 ahead midway through the second period through Lucas Joao and a John Swift penalty, but a late own goal from Tom McIntyre made for a tense finish. 

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