Middlesbrough v Leeds United: Last five meetings at the Riverside

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Middlesborough has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Leeds United, with the Whites picking up 10 points from a possible 15 on their last five trips to the North East.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30, 2003 – MIDDLESBOROUGH 2 LEEDS UNITED 3

Mark Viduka proved to be the hero in this Premier League clash, notching a winner with just minutes to go.

Lamine Sakho opened the scoring for the Whites, his only goal for the club, and the visitors, who had the likes of Gary Kelly and Dom Matteo in defence, retained their advantage going into the break.

But the game changed in a flash on the hour mark. First, Szilard Nemeth scored for Boro on 60 minutes before Juninho handed his side the lead three minutes later. But United fought back after the introduction of Aaron Lennon from the bench with 20 minutes to go.

Zoumana Camara scored levelled the scores on 77 minutes – much like Sakho, his only goal for the Whites – before Viduka produced a dramatic winner on 89 minutes.

It would ultimately be a disastrous season for the West Yorkshire side as they eventually finished 19th and were relegated to the Championship while Boro finished 11th.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2010 – MIDDLESBOROUGH 1 LEEDS UNITED 2

Leeds survived an injury-hit first half to come away with a hard-earned three points in the first clash between the sides for over seven years.

The game started well for the Whites with Davide Somma netting on 12 minutes but Simon Grayson’s gameplan was impacted by injuries to George McCartney and Sanchez Watt as half-time approached.

Bradley Johnson and Andy Hughes plugged the gaps and Leeds held a 1-0 lead at the interval. However, Kris Boyd equalised on 53 minutes and the hosts were in the ascendancy until, against the run of play, Luciano Becchio restored Leeds’ advantage ten minutes later and the visitors held on for a second consecutive win at the Riverside.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 2012 – MIDDLESBOROUGH 0 LEEDS UNITED 2

Neil Warnock picked up his first win as Leeds boss with a comfortable win on Teesside.

Leeds had failed to score in the previous three games under Warnock but Robert Snodgrass ended that drought, firing past Luke Steele in the Boro goal following a superb set-up by Aidy White.

Steele should have done better with the strike and the Whites doubled their lead following another error from the hosts. Justin Hoyte was at fault this time, mis-kicking into the path of Ross McCormack who pulled the ball back to Luciano Becchio to slot home just after the hour.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 – MIDDLESBOROUGH 1 LEEDS UNITED 0

Middlesbrough earned their first win over Leeds in 10 attempts at the Riverside in a largely uneventful clash.

Boro had not beaten Leeds in 10 attempts since moving to the Riverside in 1995, but Curtis Main’s strike on 81 minutes saw the hosts pick up all three points.

The Leeds attack was led by Steve Morison, who was flanked my Luke Varney and Ross McCormack, but their efforts failed to produce a goal as former whites defender Jonathan Woodgate and his teammates held out to earn an important win on the back of their 10th clean sheet of the season.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2014 MIDDLESBOROUGH 0 LEEDS UNITED 0

The two sides played out their first 0-0 draw for 14 years as Leeds’ slide down the table continued.

Brian McDermott’s men had won just two of the last 11 games going into the clash but wins over Huddersfield and Yeovil kept their slim hopes of a play off place alive.

Jack Butland made his debut for the club in goal and was one of the visitors’ better players, however United’s attacking force, which featured Jimmy Kebe and Cameron Stewart on the wings, could not produce a winner.

The result was described as ‘a positive point’ by McDermott as Leeds moved up to 11th in the table, but play-off hopes faded soon after and the Whites finished the season 15th in the division.

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