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Leeds United vs Middlesbrough: Stat Preview

Andrew Dalton previews our game against Boro...can we sneak into the playoffs?

Nigel Roddis

Football is back at Elland Road and depending on which way you look at it, the international break came at either a good time, so we can get players back, or a bad time as it was the first time we had strung two wins back to back together in the league.

On to our visitors from the North East and a new man at the helm, Aitor Karanka!

Middlesbrough were the first side that we beat on the way to winning the old Second Division title in season 1989-90. Leeds took an early lead from Bobby Davison, before Alan Comfort hit back for the Boro, but it was the Whites who took home the three points thanks to a late late own goal from Gary Parkinson.

There has been a few firsts and lasts in goals against the Boro down the years, below is a list of them!

Season 92-93 Frank Strandli scorers his first goal for the Whites in a 3-0 win in January 1993.

Season 95-96 Lucas Radebe ends up in goal for the first time in his career, following an injury to John Lukic in our 1-0 defeat in 95-96.

Season 98-99 Williem Korsten makes his Leeds debut in our 2-0 win in January 1999.

Season 99-00 Michael Bridges nets his first goal at Elland Road in our 2-0 win in September 1999.

Season 00-01 Robbie Keane scores his first goal for the Whites in a 1-1 draw on New Years day 2001.

Season 01-02 David O’Learys last game in charge in our 1-0 win on the last day of the 01-02 season.

Season 02-03 Terry Venables last game in charge in our 3-2 defeat in March 2003, also Peter Ridsdale last home game as Leeds Chairman.

Season 03-04 Paul Robinson first and only red card in our 3-0 defeat in January 2004, also Scott Carsons debut.

Did you know that the home games against Middlesbrough in Season 96-97 and Season 01-02 both took place on the same date! May 11th! The game in season 96-97 saw Leeds relegate Middlesbrough after a 1-1 draw at Elland Road, in which Brian Deane scored his last goal of his first spell at Elland Road.

Finally from me, Ross McCormack who was linked with a move to Middlesbrough in the summer, will be looking to break his duck against them. In four games he is yet to find the back of the net! Perfect time to do it??