Middlesbrough survived a sending off and came from behind against Birmingham tonight, February 18, to earn a draw and go top of the Championship table.
Boro's goalkeeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos was given a red card for bringing Birmingham striker Clayton Donaldson down and Paul Caddis converted the resulting penalty for the Blues just before half-time.
Patrick Bamford then went on to score a second-half equaliser with less than 17 minutes of full time left and the game finished 1-1.
Aitor Karanka: "In the second half with 10 men we played much better because we played with the intensity that we know we can."
Middlesbrough extend their unbeaten run to nine games and reclaim the place at the top of the table by a single point.
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Competition: npower Championship
Venue: Riverside Stadium
Final score: Middlesbrough 1-2 Watford
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has spoken of his disappointment after watching his team slip to a 2-1 defeat at home to Watford on Saturday.
Boro dominated the first-half but it was striker Matej Vydra who opened the scoring for the away side against the run of play. The Czech Republic international then added a second goal for the Hornets late on.
Scott McDonald headed in an equaliser for Middlesbrough in stoppage time but Gianfranco Zola's team hung on for the win.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray says this weekend's game against Watford presents a real opportunity for his side in the race for promotion to the Premier League.
Boro go into Saturday's match at the Riverside knowing that a win could put them ten points clear of the Hornets in the Championship table.
Speaking ahead of the clash, Mowbray said: "It would be a huge win for us I think, which would really keep them at arms length and establish a real gap from the play-off positions for us. So it's a big game.
"I don't think of them as six pointers. I just think of them as the next game, another three points, another opportunity to add to our tally to get into the 50s points wise and keep going."
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