It was a frustrating season for Middlesbrough as they missed out on the Championship play-offs by one point.

Tony Pulis' tactical error, a West Brom comeback plus Leeds United's late sucker punch: 13 games which shaped Middlesbrough's season

Middesbrough missed out on the Championship play-offs following a topsy-turvy but ultimately frustrating season.

We look back at some of the key games, highs and lows, which shaped Boro's 2018/19 campaign, from a promising start in August to a disappointing fractious end.

After an unconvincing 2-2 draw at Millwall on the opening day, Boro produced an impressive display against the Blades. The hosts excelled in a 3-5-2 system, with Martin Braithwaite, Aden Flint and Stewart Downing getting the goals.

1. August - Middlesbrough 3 Sheffield United 0

After an unconvincing 2-2 draw at Millwall on the opening day, Boro produced an impressive display against the Blades. The hosts excelled in a 3-5-2 system, with Martin Braithwaite, Aden Flint and Stewart Downing getting the goals.
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Pulis' men made it four league wins out of five to start the campaign following a 1-0 win over the much-fancied Baggies. Daniel Ayala's last-minute header was the difference.

2. August - Middlesbrough 1 West Brom 0

Pulis' men made it four league wins out of five to start the campaign following a 1-0 win over the much-fancied Baggies. Daniel Ayala's last-minute header was the difference.
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After an unbeaten August, Boro's first defeat of the campaign came at Norwich. Teemu Pukki netted the winner midway through the second half to kick-start the campaign for the Canaries.

3. September - Norwich 1 Middlesbrough 0

After an unbeaten August, Boro's first defeat of the campaign came at Norwich. Teemu Pukki netted the winner midway through the second half to kick-start the campaign for the Canaries.
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Following the Norwich loss, Boro's season began to splutter. Their first home defeat came at the hands of former manager Aitor Karanka as Nottingham Forest cruised to a 2-0 win, courtesy of goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban

4. October - Nottingham Forest 2 Middlesbrough 0

Following the Norwich loss, Boro's season began to splutter. Their first home defeat came at the hands of former manager Aitor Karanka as Nottingham Forest cruised to a 2-0 win, courtesy of goals from Joe Lolley and Lewis Grabban
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