Middlesbrough 3 Leeds United 0: Big match analysis

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Check out our at-a-glance match analysis from Leeds United’s 3-0 thumping at the Riverside.

GOOD DAY FOR ...

Jordan Botaka takes on Grant Leadbitter. PIC: Simon Hulme

Jordan Botaka takes on Grant Leadbitter. PIC: Simon Hulme

Aitor Karanka: Did his failure to beat Leeds in either of the last two seasons bother him? Well, he spoke about the record beforehand and he talked about it extensively in his programme column.

Boro have been unlucky against United in recent meetings but the tide swung dramatically yesterday.

He cut a very happy figure at full-time.

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BAD DAY FOR...

Several people: Giuseppe Bellusci for one and his performance in the first half left Leeds with very little hope of taking anything from the game. But Neil Swarbrick backed out of dismissing Cristhian Stuani in circumstances where Stuani could not have complained and the disallowed goal was a complete mess. No wonder Rosler was annoyed.

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KEY MOMENT

Mirco Antenucci’s disallowed effort: Yes, Stuani should have been off the pitch but a goal was what Leeds needed.

Replays of the incident were not completely clear but if the benefit of the doubt is supposed to be given to the attacking player, the goal should have stood.

Disallowing the strike on a whim, as the linesman seemed to, was not good enough.

WHAT THEY SAID

Aitor Karanka: “We didn’t play really, really well. I said before the game it would be tough. We didn’t play our best but it was another very important three points. Maybe 3-0 wasn’t a reflection.”

Uwe Rosler: “We played our part in a good, entertaining match and we’ve been punished by a ruthless Middlesbrough team and by a referee who had a poor day. He got the two major decisions wrong.”

OUT IN FRONT: Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen gives his orders during Saturday's 3-2 success against Ipswich Town. Picture by Simon Hulme.

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