MUSTAPHA CARAYOL'S late brace gave Middlesbrough all three points in a scrappy encounter at Blackpool.
Boro had a couple of chances in the first half with Emmanuel Ledesma and Lukas Jutkiewicz both going close, while Blackpool were restricted to half-chances.
Both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game in the second half, but Boro got their goal on the counter-attack from a Tangerines corner, when Carayol held off his man and curled in.
And the 1,800 travelling Boro fans went into raptures at the death when Carayol fired home in a goalmouth scramble.
BLACKPOOL: Gilks, Robinson, Mackenzie, Ince, Bishop, Ferguson, Basham, Fuller (Davies 78), Cathcart, Barkhuizen (Eccleston 63), Martinez (Caton 88). Subs not used: Warner, Harris, Cameron, Waddington.
MIDDLESBROUGH (4-2-3-1): Given; Varga, Williams, Ayala, Friend; Whitehead, Leadbitter; Adomah, Ledesma (Butterfield 89), Emnes (Carayol 61); Jutkiewicz (Main 81). Subs not used: Dimi, Richardson, Gibson, Smallwood.