Top flight club record 6-0 victory...
PREMIER League side Middlesbrough ran home with a 6-0 victory on Saturday afternoon in the Minstermen’s first pre-season friendly ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
Scott Flinders’ unfortunate own goal was added to by David Nugent, Albert Adomah and Adam Reech as well as a brace from Jordan Rhodes.
City had showed promising glimpses throughout which is sure to get fans excited for the new season, but ultimately the newly-promoted club were too hot to handle for the new look Minstermen
It was Jackie McNamara’s who started the brighter of the two teams however and after just two minutes almost took the lead when a corner from the right fell into the path of Clovis Kamdjo and the former Barnet midfielder fired narrowly wide from 14 yards.
City continued to hold the upper hand as the clock ticked past the 10 minute mark. Richard Brodie headed off target following Danny Galbraith’s left-wing cross before Simon Heslop prodded wide of the upright from close range.
The Minstermen were demonstrating a good level of fluency in their play and in the 18th minute Galbraith and Aidan Connolly exchanged passes before the latter teed up Yan Klukowski who drilled a yard wide.
Despite City’s positive start, it was the top-flight side who took the lead with their first real attack of the game when Carlos de Pena’s acrobatic effort cannoned off the post and then the back of the unfortunate Flinders in the Minstermen goal.
The visitors were demonstrating a killer instinct in front of goal because minutes later they made it two when Nugent fired in from close range after the former England striker had initially been denied by an excellent Flinders save.
With a two goal advantage, Boro began to take control of proceedings and in the 33rd minute had made it three as Nugent passed across goal for Adomah to prod home from a yard out.
As the half drew to a close, both sides had chances to increase the game’s scoreline as Nugent fired over and Alex Pattison was denied by a superb one-on-one save from Flinders, while down at the other end, the lively Connolly saw a left-footed effort deflect narrowly wide of the near post.
McNamara made five changes at the break to give his team some much needed game time after their return to training just eight days previous, and Daniel Nti was quickly involved as he tried his luck from just outside the area but the Boro ‘keeper had his effort under control.
Dimi Konstantopoulos was called into more telling action soon after though as he denied winger Kaine Felix from close range after he’d found time and space inside the box.
Aitor Karanka had brought on predatory striker Jordan Rhodes at the break and after being denied superbly from having a clear crack at goal by Jack Higgins’ last-ditch challenge, the big-money frontman made it four for the visitors just past the hour mark as he turned and shot into the back of the net 16 yards from goal.
In front of a crowd of 2,812 at Bootham Crescent, Boro made it five 15 minutes later as Reech chipped the Minstermen’s trialist shot-stopper from 20 yards.
With the game drawing to a close, Matty Dixon went narrowly close to scoring what would have been the goal of the match with his 25-yard effort rattling the woodwork with the keeper beaten, before Boro had time to make it make six when Reech turned provider for Rhodes who tapped in from two yards following the winger’s ball across goal.