Middlesbrough - Alvaro
Negredo rescued Middlesbrough as the Spanish striker's penalty secured a
1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday.
Aitor Karanka's side fell behind when their former midfielder James
Morrison lashed home from 20 yards early on at the Riverside Stadium.
They drew level before the break after Gareth McAuley needlessly
brought down Marten de Roon in the area and Negredo slotted home the
The point will hardly soothe Karanka, who on Monday admitted his
frustrations at failing to sufficiently add to his squad in the January
Middlesbrough are now just two points clear of the relegation zone after failing to win for the sixth consecutive league game.
Karanka, who made seven changes to the line-up from the 1-0 FA Cup
win over Accrington at the weekend, saw his side fall behind after six
After the home side failed to clear their lines from a ball into the
box, West Brom skipper Darren Fletcher expertly chested down to Morrison
and the former Middlesbrough academy product rifled low past Victor
Valdes from the edge of the area.
Boro were nearly two down inside the first quarter of an hour as Chris Brunt's dipping volley went narrowly over,
But they were given a lifeline in the 17th minute when McAuley
senselessly hacked down De Roon in the area, allowing Negredo to stroke
home the spot-kick as he sent Ben Foster the wrong way.
Middlesbrough almost pulled ahead when Allan Nyom diverted Adama
Traore's cross towards goal, only for Foster to keep it out as well as
Cristhian Stuani's rebound from an acute angle.
After the interval, Valdes was almost beaten twice as West Brom hit
both posts in the space of seconds, first through Matt Phillips' diving
header then Salomon Rondon's follow up.
Immediately afterwards, Middlesbrough broke down the right, which led
to De Roon's first time strike being clawed away by Foster.
Karanka's men also had three shots in quick succession blocked by the
Baggies, while Brunt's strike from distance was tipped over by Valdes.