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The Championship‘s Saturday lunchtime kick off saw Middlesbrough almost complete a perfect bounce-back victory after FA Cup disappointment against League Two Newport County. Leeds, however, had something to say about it as their goal deep into injury time rescued a point.

The game was on course to be a classic ‘Pulis-ian’ victory after Boro had grabbed the lead early in the second half through Lewis Wing. They were denied all three points, though, by an emphatic header from United midfield Kalvin Phillips in the 101st minute of the game.

Leeds, as usual, dominated possession seeing 69% of the ball. While they managed to hit 17 shots at the Middlesbrough goal, only four of these were on target. Boro themselves managed nine shots with three on target.

The point for Leeds meant they snuck into first place in the Championship, although they slipped back into second after Norwich’s victory over Ipswich on Sunday. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, will shoot a worrying glance over their shoulders after a Derby win put the Rams just one point behind them.

The setups

Middlesbrough went with a back three on Saturday as they have done for most of the season. 

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