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The last time we played Boro was when we thought we were on some sort of good form in ebating them 3-2 but I'm not so sure now. Also, they still have our Danny Mills on loan so it should be more interesting. I think he may be sold to Boro on a permanent basis...

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Leeds 0-3 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough condemned 10-man Leeds to their 14th league defeat of the season.
Boudewijn Zenden struck just after the interval flashing a shot past Paul Robinson to finish off a flowing Middlesbrough move.

After Gaizka Mendieta hit the post Joseph-Desire Job extended Boro's lead with a smart left-foot finish.

Leeds' miserable day was completed by Robinson's dismissal after the Leeds goalkeeper brought down Michael Ricketts, who converted the penalty.

Middlesbrough arrived without Gary Mills - in the middle of a season-long loan spell from Leeds and contemplating a permanent move - after the defender decided it was best not to return to Elland Road.

Youngster Andrew Davies came in for Mills in the Boro defence that was first tested on eight minutes after a Leeds corner when Mark Schwarzer had save a Southgate header from underneath his own crossbar.

Middlesbrough slowly began to emerge as an attacking force with Mendieta prominent.

After Juninho had been brought down a yard outside the penalty area by Matthew Kilgallon, Mendieta curled a right-foot shot narrowly over Robinson's crossbar.

The Leeds goalkeeper then made a superb save low to his right from a Mendieta half-volley.

Juninho was following up but Robinson managed to push the ball away for a corner.

Juninho then ballooned a shot over the bar, though Zenden went closer with an angled drive.

Middlesbrough deservedly took the lead eight minutes after the restart.

It was an incisive move which culminated in Massimo Maccarone's through ball finding Zenden, who hit a first-time left-foot drive from 15 yards past Robinson.

On the hour mark Alan Smith went close twice.

A shot on the turn from 15 yards took a slight deflection past Schwarzer's right-hand post, and from the inswinging corner his glancing header just over the bar.

The impressive Mendieta should have killed Leeds off in the 64th minute but after exchanging a one-two with Zenden, the former Valencia midfielder hit the post.

Job extended Boro's advantage with a cool finish after the Cameroonian was sent clear by Juninho.

Another black day for Leeds ended with Robinson being dismissed for a professional foul after he brought down Ricketts.

The former Bolton striker then dusted himself down to slot home the penalty.


Leeds: Robinson, Kelly, Duberry, Kilgallon, Harte, Pennant, Bakke, Matteo, Seth Johnson, Smith, Milner.
Subs: Carson, Morris, Barmby, Bridges, Richardson.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Davies, Riggott, Southgate, Queudrue, Mendieta, Boateng, Doriva, Zenden, Juninho Paulista, Maccarone.
Subs: Jones, Job, Ricketts, Downing, Parnaby.

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