Middlesbrough got their second win of the season this weekend as they triumphed 1-0 over Reading at The Riverside Stadium.

Middlesbrough’s Marvin Johnson scored the only goal of the game, as his free kick evaded everyone and nestled in the bottom corner past Cabral Barbosa in the Reading net.

But it wasn’t Johnson that stole the show at The Riverside, with Boro ‘keeper Darren Randolph making a string of important saves to ensure the points were Middlesbrough’s at the final whistle.

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Reading had 18 shots to the Teessiders’ 11, with seven of the away side’s shots hitting the target, meaning Randolph was a busy man in the Boro goal.

“Everybody was kissing Darren on the head in the changing room after the final whistle because we know how important he is,” said defender Ryan Shotton to Teesside Live.

“Randz is just brilliant. Some of his saves are just unbelievable,” he said.

“That one he clawed around the post right at the end from Joao: I don’t even think he knows how he saved that one.”

“He just stuck his hand out, but he had a strong enough hand to turn the ball around for a corner.

“It was just ridiculous and everyone got around him straight away to congratulate him because we all knew how good a save it was and we all know just how important he is.”

“Whenever he’s called upon, Darren comes up with the goods.”

Boro face a trip to Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon, where Jonathan Woodgate’s side will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to five games and move up into the top half of the table.


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