The wait for a win at Middlesbrough goes on for Wolves as they failed to end a 65-year hoodoo after slumping to a 2-1 defeat at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night.
Two goals from Gaston Ramirez secured the win, as the Argentinian scored in each half to give Boro the win they so desperately needed.
A late Ben Gibson own goal ensured it was a nervy final few minutes for the home supporters, but Aitor Karanka’s men held on for only their third win in nine matches.
Although it might have seemed like a narrow victory for the home side, in truth Middlesbrough outclassed a poor Wolves side that looks resigned to finishing in mid-table.
As for Boro, they gained a vital three points which fired them back to the top of the Championship, only to see Burnley retake top spot after they narrowly beat East Lancashire rivals Blackburn Rovers 1-0 earlier today.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Alex Grove identifies THREE things that we learned from yesterday’s result…
1) Confidence boost for Boro
The Riverside breathed a huge sigh of relief after the final whistle was blown.
After falling to defeat at Blackburn in midweek, they needed victory against Wolves to get their promotion bid back on track.
After many thought they would run away with the league, the Teeside club have gone through a sticky spell of late which has allowed their rivals to catch them up in the race for promotion.
However last night’s win, which they fully deserved, had put Boro two points clear at the top, and the fans will be hoping that they can use this victory as a springboard to greater success.
They’ve been knocking on the door for years and, after missing out last season in the play-off final, the supporters will be hoping and praying that they can see the job through this time around.
2) Joe Mason should be starting
Joe Mason has been Wolves’ conundrum ever since he joined from Cardiff City in the January transfer window.
He was hailed as the club’s marquee signing to replace Benik Afobe, but has been forced to sit on the substitute’s bench during his short time so far at Molineux.
He’s already scored twice for the men in gold and black, but manager Kenny Jackett still seems to favour the beleaguering Bjorn Sigurdarson over Mason because he can’t seem to find a place for him in the team.
Last night, Mason coming on from the bench coincided with the away side having their best spell of the match, and Jackett surely has to rethink his formation and get the 24-year-old involved in the final 11 games.
3) Wolves’ season is well and truly over
After the club’s surprising victory against Derby County last week, many were hoping that the Midlands side might show the same grit and determination in the match against Boro.
However, in front of the Sky cameras the team provided another poor display and conceded two soft goals to go down at Boro.
In truth, the 2-1 scoreline flattered the visitors, who should have lost by a clearer margin.
Fans have known for a while now that they aren’t going to see their team reach the top six, but had hoped that they might have a strong finish which would outline their credentials for next season.
Last night’s display, however, was clumsy and error-strewn and, with the financial uncertainty surrounding the club at the moment, it doesn’t look like the dark cloud hanging over Molineux is going to disappear any time soon.
Middlesbrough fans… were you pleased with last night’s victory? Do you think your team played well and deserved the win? Can they kick on from this and secure a long-awaited return to the Premier League?
Wolves fans… do you think that the team played well in last night’s defeat? Where do you see the club finishing the season? Let us know your thoughts an opinions in the comments below!