Date: 5th November 2017 at 8:29pm
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Following today’s clash between Middlesbrough and Sunderland, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Middlesbrough hosted Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday November 5, with the hosts taking a one nil victory following a goal by Marcus Tavernier six minutes into the game.

Teams:

Middlesbrough:

Randolph, Christie, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter (Forshaw 85), Howson, Downing, Braithwaite, Tavernier (Johnson 64), Assombalonga (Fletcher 81).

Substitutes:

Konstantopoulos, Fabio, Shotton, Traore.

Sunderland:

Ruiter, Jones (Matthews 27), O’Shea, Wilson, Oviedo, Ndong (Honeyman 55), Gibson, Cattermole, McGeady, McNair (Williams 77), Grabban.

Substitutes:

Steele, Rodwell, McManaman, Gooch.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Jeremy Simpson blew the final whistle, Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk explained.

‘Derbies aren’t the prettiest games a lot of the time but the main thing is you win. The biggest moment of quality in the game was our goal, with the build-up and its execution, and if anything deserved to win the game, that bit of quality did. Marcus Tavernier will get stronger with time and experience but we’ve been delighted with him. He’s deserved his chance and he’s done very well, and today is a memory that will live with him forever.’

Sunderland caretaker manager Robbie Stockdale in his comparitive interview explained.

‘At some point this season we’ve got to make the big moments count in our favour and too many times this season we haven’t done that. The keeper has made a fantastic save from Grabban and it could be a different game. I thought the shape of the team was good and I thought at time we looked a real threat, but the big moments have to be better from us.’

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