It’s one and done for Middlesbrough in the English Premier League after the Riverside club were relegated from the top flight thanks to a 3-0 defeat at champions elect, Chelsea, on Monday.
Their fate was effectively sealed in the first half when goals from Diego Costa and Marcos Alonso put Chelsea two ahead after 33 minutes before Cesc Fàbregas set up Nemanja Matić to wrap up a miserable night at Stamford Bridge. This marks Boro’s fourth relegation in the Premier League, tying the all-time mark.
Central defender and captain, Ben Gibson, who has been with the club since age 12 and made his debut with them in 2009/10, summed up his team’s mood after the inevitable was confirmed.
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Goals have been very hard to come by for Middlesbrough, with Monday being the 11th time in 18 games they have been shut out away from home in the league. They have scored a league-low 26 goals in 36 games, just two more than the Premiership’s leading individual goal-getter, Romelu Lukaku. Spanish striker, Alvaro Negredo, is the only player with more than four goals (nine) this campaign.
Middlesbrough will join North East rivals, Sunderland, in the Championship while another rival, Newcastle, will take their places in the top flight as well as Brighton. Surely Newcastle fans are happy
Newcastle fans watching Middlesbrough drop towards relegation alongside Sunderland… pic.twitter.com/wLJQOwDeY4
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