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Middlesbrough 0 – 1 Norwich full time Score

Norwich moved top of the Championship after a tale of two second-half penalties saw them win at Middlesbrough.

Neil Warnock’s Boro had edged the game but spurned the chance to go ahead just after the break when Marcus Tavernier’s spot-kick was disallowed as he slipped and touched the ball twice as he struck from 12 yards.

Twenty minutes later, Norwich’s Max Aarons was brought down in the box by Hayden Coulson and Teemu Pukki coolly sent home keeper Marcus Bettinelli the wrong way.

Boro could not create much in the closing stages, although Britt Assombalonga was denied from close range by an excellent Grant Hanley block.

Dropped points for Reading and Watford mean Daniel Farke’s Canaries are a point clear at the summit, while their opponents drop a spot to eighth after a first defeat in 11 league games.

In a match between two of the Championship’s best defences the lack of clear-cut opportunities was no surprise, though Marvin Johnson twice called Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul into action in the first half.

Middlesbrough were awarded a spot-kick when Tavernier was brought down by ex-Boro centre-back Ben Gibson and though the penalty was scored, it was ruled out as the midfielder had been unfortunate to touch the ball twice as he lost his footing.

Norwich gained impetus from their stroke of luck and Emi Buendia almost connected with Przemyslaw Placheta’s low cross before half-time substitute Pukki side-footed his penalty into the corner.

Marc Bola put his body on the line to prevent the visitors scoring a second but Boro failed to score for a third match running and have now lost each of their last five league games against Norwich by a 1-0 scoreline.

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Middlesbrough  0 – 1  Norwich full time Score

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