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Smallwood joins Rotherham on loan

Richard Smallwood was on loan at Rotherham United last season Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough midfielder Richard Smallwood as joined Rotherham United on an emergency loan deal.

If the move is ratified by the Football League, the 23-year-old will go straight into Rotherham's squad for tonight's game against Watford.

Smallwood spent the second-half of last season on loan at Rotherham, helping the club achieve promotion to the Championship via the playoffs.

Spanish duo fire Middlesbrough to winning start

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala is mobbed after scoring during the 2-0 win over Birmingham Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough got off to a winning start in the new Championship season with a 2-0 win over Birmingham at the Riverside.

Spanish defender Daniel Ayala headed in Grant Leadbitter's corner to put Boro in front after 33 mins. Enquire 'Kike' Garcia then doubled the advantage with a debut goal after Lee Tomlin's deflected shot fell kindly for the Spaniard.

In League Two, Hartlepool United were beaten 1-0 by Stevenage. While York City were held to a 1-1 draw at Tranmere. Keith Lowe had put the Minstermen in front via a first-half corner but James Rowe grabbed a late equaliser for the hosts.

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Karanka keen to maintain Boro form

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is eager for the club to make a good start to the new campaign.

Boro finished 12th in the Championship last season but won six of their last eight games.

Karanka is keen for his side continue that form into the new season. Middlesbrough host Birmingham at the Riverside today.

Karanka happy with Omeruo loan deal

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has expressed his delight at the club's loan deal for defender Kenneth Omeruo.

The 20-year-old has re-joined Boro on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Boro's Head Coach said:

He is a very important player to us.

He's someone I love to have with us because he's a player who came here from Chelsea and his mood was always perfect.

He was always happy and fighting for his position.

He was handed the opportunity to play in the World Cup and he is now coming back to us a better player.

– Aitor Karanka, Head Coach of Middlesbrough FC
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