James McClean was the one change from the 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers from before the international break. Marc Antoine Fortune dropping out. Kind of a kick in the pants for goal scorer Martyn Waghorn who continues to be ignored by Malcky Mackay.
As it was our game turned out to be a hard pressed match in which Middlesbrough were pushing hard for to get the win. The win against us meant that the North East club go top of the League and are one step closer to winning the league.
The goal that won the game came in the first half. The man who leads the way for the Boro in terms of goals this season popped up with another one to win the for them. Striker Patrick Bamford, who makes in three goals in three games against the Latics, smashed a striker from edge of the box. A deflection saw the ball spin into the far corner away from a diving Ali Al Habsi.
A good effort from the young striker and one that left our goalkeeper struggling to get to the ball.
Second half saw a bit of an upturn in our performance. The change of brining Marc Antoine Fortune on to the pitch seemed to open the game. The striker should have scored instead he hit the b all straight at the goal keeper.
Other chances came. Kim Bo Kyung and Jermaine Pennant could have and possibly should have done better. The best chance in the game though fell to James McClean when the winger found himself in the box, instead the players smashed the ball over the goal.
That mean that game remained 1-0 and we will go another game without three points, and another game away from safety.