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Marvin brace brightens up the Riverside for Boro
Final Score: Middlesbrough 2 Bordeaux 1
MARVIN EMNES continued his bright pre-season with a double to help Middlesbrough overcome French club Bordeaux 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium.
Emnes, who endured a frustrating spell last season after a move to Premier League club Swansea City broke down, has looked full of intent so far this summer and he was no different here.
And after scoring at Morecambe earlier in pre-season, the Duthcman delivered in front of goal to suggest a partnership with Lukas Jutkiewicz could work for manager Tony Mowbray.
As work goes on behind the scenes to strengthen ahead of next Saturday's Championship opener with Leicester City following the departure of Scott McDonald to Millwall, Emnes shone against Bordeaux.
After midfielder Dean Whitehead, also impressive on his first home appearance since leaving Stoke City, had picked out Jutkiewicz down the right flank, the striker rolled in to the path of the unmarked Emnes to put Middlesbrough ahead.
That arrived in the 20th minute and led to a lively display from both Middlesbrough's main forwards, while Whitehead went close with a volley before half-time.
Three minutes after the break Middlesbrough had a second. This time Jutkiewicz made the most of the space in front of him to force Bordeaux goalkeeper Kevin Olimpa in to a low save.
But Olimpa could only spill the ball in front of him and Emnes was first to react by slotting the ball over the keeper and in to the net.
After that substitutions slowed down the pace of the game, although Bordeaux went close to pulling one back when Hadi Sacko was denied by the woodwork twice.
And Henri Saivet did find the net when he curled a brilliant chip from just insider the area high in to the net of Jayson Leutwiler's top left corner with five minutes remaining.
But Middlesbrough, desperate to find much-needed new faces within the next week, deserved their win and Mowbray will be encouraged by a number of displays – not least an Emnes full of confidence again.
MIDDLESBROUGH (4-4-1-1): Steele (Leutwiler 75); Parnaby, Williams, Woodgate (Gibson 60), Friend (Halliday 60); Varga (Dolan 75), Whitehead (Ledesma 69), Leadbitter (Smallwood 60), Carayol (Reach 69); Emnes (Haroun 69); Jutkiewicz (Park 69). Subs all used.
BORDEAUX (4-1-4-1): Carrasso; Chalme, Henrique, Brechet, Poundje; Sertic, Sane; Maurice-Belay, Obraniak, Ben Khalfallah; Saivet. Subs used: Olimpa, Savic, N'Guemo, Vieira, Sacko, Poko, Plasil, Filho, Planus.
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