Middlesbrough hit the top after defeating Sheffield Wednesday as good times come back to the Riverside

Middlesbrough 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1

The Riverside Stadium

Friday night, the Riverside Stadium almost full, Middlesbrough top of the division. It all worked last night.

Middlesbrough were too good and too clever for a Sheffield Wednesday side for whom this season will most likely be long and testing. Promoted last season, they need to survive to build, and in their hosts was a reminder that it can take time.

Middlesbrough have been out of the Premier League for almost three-and-a-half seasons now. Much can happen in that time, supporters find new hobbies, but last night was a reminder of what following a local football club can mean. The 28,229 who gave Mowbray – one of their own – and his players full backing will have reminded themselves as much as anyone as to how it feels.

There was too much quality for Dave Jones’ side, too much spirit. In Josh McCeachran they had the game’s outstanding player. The 19-year-old, on loan from Chelsea, has subtlety and deftness in his left foot. The home side took the lead when Emmanuel Ledesma fed Justin Hoyte on the right, and with one swing of his right foot, he arrowed the ball from 20 yards beyond the Wednesday goalkeeper.

The visitors equalised four minutes into the second-half. Gary Madine appeared off-side to everyone bar the man that mattered, the referee’s assistant, and at that point Jones and his men had a lifeline.

It had gone by the hour, when Scott McDonald prodded his shot goal wards and near the goal-line, and again seemingly in an off-side position Ishmael Miller put his side back in front. They needed a third, and it came with 14 minutes remaining, substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz heading home.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Hoyte, Woodgate (Hines 46), Bikey, Friend; Leadbitter, McCeachran; Ledesma, Emnes (Haroun 74), McDonald; Miller (Jutkiewicz 74)

Sheffield Wednesday Kirkland; Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Jones; Semedo, Corry (O’Grady 83); Bothroyd (Johnson 73), Barkley (McCeachran 83), Antonio; Madine

Referee: C Boyeson (E Yorkshire)

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen