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Boro manage late win again against QPR

Grant Leadbitter celebrates his extra-time penalty Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Middlesbrough skipper Grant Leadbitter kept his cool to slot home a stoppage-time penalty and earn his side a dramatic late win over QPR at the Riverside.

The midfielder converted from the spot four minutes into time added on after QPR forward Leroy Fer was shown red for handling Daniel Ayala's overhead kick on the line.

It earned Aitor Karanka's men a 1-0 victory in a poor game which neither side deserved to win.

The game proved a fairly drab affair on a bitterly cold night on Teesside, although both sides created enough chances.

Captain Grant Leadbitter will miss next week's encounter with Huddersfield after a foul on Leroy Fer in the 38th minute.

Boro sign former Black Cat Leadbitter

Grant Leadbitter has joined Middlesbrough on a three-year deal Credit: ITV

Middlesbrough have made their first summer signing in former Sunderland midfielder Grant Leadbitter.

The 26-year-old joins Tony Mowbray's side on a free transfer after his contract with Ipswich Town expired at the end of last season. He's now signed a three-year deal at the Riverside.

Chester-le-Street born Leadbitter began his career with the Black Cats and made 123 appearances for the club before moving to Ipswich in September 2009.