WEST Brom extended their unbeaten run when battering Boro in a top of the table
FORMER Boro boy Chris Brunt returned to haunt his old club with a deadly first-half double to set five-star Albion on their way to a comfortable victory at promotion rivals Middlesbrough.
Sean St Ledger was handed his first start and home debut as he replaced Seb Hines in a starting line-up which had no Gary O'Neil or Caleb Folan. The latter started on the bench just a couple of days after signing on loan from Hull City. O'Neil was missing with hamstring problems.
Middlesbrough Coyne; McMahon, Wheater (Capt.), St Ledger, Grounds, Yeates, Williams, Arca (Digard 57), A Johnson, Emnes (Lita 66), Aliadiere (Folan 31). Unused subs: Jones (gk); Hoyte, Hines, Bennett.
West Bromwich Albion Carson; Martis, Thomas, Zuiverloon, Olsson, Mattock (Barnett 73), Brunt (Wood 81), Dorrans, Moore (Koren 64), Mulumbu, Bednar. Unused subs: Kiely (gk); Cox, Reid, Teixeira.
Referee Mr T Kettle. Berkshire.
Middlesbrough Williams 16, foul; Arca 29, foul.
West Bromwich Albion Thomas 28, diving; Olsson 52, dissent; Mattock 62, dissent; Dorrans 66, foul; Martis 86, dissent.7
Attendance 22,725 (1,153 from West Brom)
Conditions Warm, overcast and breezy.
Website Boro Man of the Match Rhys Williams
Ariff Ahmad - Embarrassment complete.