Karanka delight as Adomah inspires Middlesbrough

Albert Adomah
Albert Adomah

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka believes Albert Adomah’s match-winning substitution against Brentford proved there are no problems between the pair.

Adomah was denied a transfer request two weeks ago after falling out with the Boro boss.

It was nice to celebrate, more for the people who thought we had some problems, because now that is clear that we don’t.

But he returned to Karanka’s squad for the first time since their spat and inspired the Teessiders to their fourth win of the season.

They even embraced on the touchline after Adomah lashed in a 77th-minute cracker to seal a 3-1 victory.

“It was nice to celebrate, more for the people who thought we had some problems, because now that is clear that we don’t,” insisted Karanka.

“We need players like Albert. And now I have another selection problem.

“He’s with us and he knows how important he is to the team. He’s a very good player, and today the team was different with him on the pitch.”

Karanka also praised forward Christian Stuani who bagged his sixth and seventh goals of the season with an impressive brace.

The Spanish boss thinks the Uruguayan, signed from Espanyol in the summer, is capable of beating last season’s top scorer Patrick Bamford in the goal stakes.

“Christian is a very good player and I expect a lot from him this season,” he said.

“It wasn’t easy for him to come here. But he’s an experienced player and he can score goals.

“I think he can score more goals than Patrick did. Christian is more experienced, hopefully he can score the same or more.”

Karanka’s men created a half chance after just four minutes when Stuani nodded the ball into Emilio Nsue’s path down the right and he pulled back for David Nugent but the striker fluffed his first-time effort.

Nugent won a free-kick about 20 yards from goal just before the half-hour, to the right edge of the box, but Stewart Downing’s curling effort was just wide of Button’s left-hand post.

The opening goal came in the 35th minute after some brilliant work by Nsue again on the right. He did well to keep the ball in before laying off for Diego Fabbrini and the Italian’s inch-perfect cross into the box was flashed in off the post by Stuani.

The Bees drew level four minutes into the second half when the ball was deflected back to Dimi Konstantopoulos and he shinned it straight to Vibe who poked in.

Boro regained the lead in the 69th minute when sub Adomah crossed from the right and Stuani hammered in from close range.

The Londoners should have levelled again when Vibe found Djuricin at the far post but the Austrian striker blasted over, then Konstantin Kerschbaumer was denied by Konstantopoulous.

But Boro bagged their third with 13 minutes to go when Nugent stormed forward before laying off for Adomah who hammered in from a tight angle.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Amorebieta, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Stuani (Forshaw 78), Fabbrini (Adomah 60), Downing, Nugent (Kike 88). Subs Not Used: De Pena, Mejias, Stephens, Kalas. Booked: Stuani, Nugent, Amorebieta. Goals: Stuani 35, 69, Adomah 77.

Brentford: Button, Colin, Barbet, Dean, Bidwell, Diagouraga, McCormack (Woods 90), Kerschbaumer, Vibe, Djuricin (Udumaga 78), Judge. Subs Not Used: Bonham, O’Connell, Smith, Canos. Booked: Judge, Colin, Barbet. Goals: Vibe 49.

Att: 20,138 Ref: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).