Home win for Middlesbrough

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Frenchman Franck Queudrue struck on his home debut to put Middlesbrough on the road to victory over local rivals Sunderland in the English Premiership on Monday. Alen Boksic added a second with the help of a deflection to give his side a 2-0 win, tarnished somewhat by the sending off of Middlesbrough captain Paul Ince. Two minutes into the game the hosts had taken the lead as Queudrue scored off a corner to put his team one up. Eight minutes later, Middlesbrough's Slovakian import Szilard Nemeth had a chance to double his team's lead, but his shot was saved by the Sunderland keeper. In the 20th minute, Nemeth was at it again, this time with a perfect cross for Boksic, whose header got a lucky deflection off a Sunderland defender as Middlesbrough went up 2-0. Sunderland then charged themselves up and their first chance came seven minutes later but Niall Quinn's header went just wide. Sunderland were the ones creating all the chances in the second half. But Kevin Phillips' effort in the 48th minute was well saved by Middlesbrough's keeper. Sunderland had another chance in the 50th minute, but McAteer's header was saved by the keeper. Phillips, had another chance in the 65th minute to try and pull one back for Sunderland but his header only found the side netting. Middlesbrough now climbs to 15th place in the Premiership standings.