Date: 18th March 2018 at 10:02am
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Middlesbrough at least came away with a 1-1 draw from their latest visit to the capital.

Adama Traore’s goal was cancelled out by Lewis MacLeod ahead of the interval as the visitors were pushed strongly by an always lively Brentford at Griffin Park.

Bees’ substitute Romaine Sawyer’s dismissal for two yellow cards arrived too late to have serious implications.

Defender Daniel Ayala had been an injury doubt for their opponents, but completed an hour until being replaced by Dael Fry.

Skipper Grant Leadbitter was back from suspension and a hamstring injury. He was introduced from the bench for Jonny Howson midway through the second-half.

Manager Tony Pulis conceded his side had been up against it at times: “I thought they were the better team but we’ve worked really hard defensively and did a smashing job in restricting them to shots from outside the box,” he told BBC Sport. “I’m disappointed in some ways because we can play much better than that.”

Boro still remain sixth in the table, however, although only by a single-point, ahead of the upcoming arrival of Championship leaders Wolves at the end of the month.

 

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