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Published: 15:07 | 16/10/16

Middlesbrough still await first home win after Watford loss

Middlesbrough’s search for their first home win of the season goes on as they were beaten 1-0 by Watford at the Riverside stadium.

A spectacular long-range finish from José Holebas in the 53rd minute proved crucial for Walter Mazzarri’s side who now climb in to the top-half of the Premier League table.

Middlesbrough will be concerned about their lack of home victories and despite picking up points on the road early in the season, the Smoggies will struggle to maintain their Premier League status if their home form is not rectified.

‘Boro now slump to 17th, only outside of the relegation zone on goal difference and will hope to get their campaign back on track when they make the daunting trip to face Arsenal at the Emirates on the 22nd of October.

Despite not carving out any clear-cut chances, the home-side did well throughout the first-half to numb a Watford team who were looking to bounce back from their recent 2-0 defeat away to Burnley.

Aitor Karanka’s side have failed to secure a home victory since their return to the Premier League and their opening display portrayed their eagerness to start well after Stewart Downing’s rushed shot in the 3rd minute, rifled high and wide.

Arguably, the main flashpoint throughout the opening 45 minutes arrived in the 37th minute when Antonio Barragán luckily avoided a second yellow card after he intentionally stopped Isaac Success from barging in on goal.

The hosts started the second-half with more purpose and the first opportunity fell to Adam Forshaw who should have done better when his tame shot was hit straight at Heurelho Gomes.

Despite pushing late on, the home team could not find the equalising goal much to the dismay of the Middlesbrough fans whose booing highlighted their frustrations after another winless afternoon.

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