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Match report: Villa 1-3 Middlesbrough

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Match report: Villa 1-3 Middlesbrough

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Middlesbrough
Date: July 30, 2016
Competition: Pre-season friendly
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Attendance: 14,863
Weather: 20C, partly cloudy

Scoring summary

Nathan Baker (14)
Alvaro Negredo (60)
Viktor Fischer (75)
Jordan Rhodes (77)

Analysis

Villa's unbeaten pre-season sequence came to an end as they slipped up at home to Premier League new boys Middlesbrough.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side dominated the first half and deservedly went ahead when defender Nathan Baker climbed at the far post to head Leandro Bacuna’s cross past new Boro keeper Victor Valdes.

The former Barcelona keeper also saved well from Jordan Ayew and Alan Hutton, while skipper Tommy Elphick headed over.

But Boro drew level on the hour through on-loan Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo and added further goals from Viktor Fischer and sub Jordan Rhodes.

Line-ups

VILLA: Gollini, Hutton, Elphick (c), Baker (Amavi 87), Cissokho (Clark 87), Bacuna (Green 76), Gardner (Tshibola HT), Westwood, Grealish, Gestede, Ayew.Subs: Steer, Bennett, Okore, Sinclair, Sanchez.

MIDDLESBROUGH: Valdes, Nsue, Fry, Gibson, Friend (c), Adomah, Clayton, Downing, De Roon, Fischer, Negredo.Subs: Forshaw, Rhodes, Nugent, Stuani, Reach. Unused subs: Dimitrios, Barragan, Baptiste, De Pena, De Sart.

Misconduct summary

No bookings or dismissals.

Officials

Referee: S Martin
Assistant referee 1: D Robathan
Assistant referee 2: R Cheosiaua
Fourth official: B Watkiss

Rob Bishop
By @robbishopavfc 30th July 2016