December 17, 2016 / 5:25 PM / a year ago

Negredo double helps Boro ease past Swansea

Alvaro Negredo scored a first-half double to set Middlesbrough on the way to a vital 3-0 Premier League win over Swansea City on Saturday and pile more pressure on Bob Bradley’s struggling team.

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Negredo, on loan from Valencia, took his season’s tally to five at the Riverside and Marten de Roon sealed victory with a terrific goal from an excellent move just before the hour as Boro finally shed their goal-shy reputation.

The game had been billed as a duel between the two Spanish international strikers Negredo and Swansea’s Fernando Llorente but the Boro man won hands down, scoring on 18 minutes with a lovely first-time finish from Adam Clayton’s low cross.

He claimed his second from the spot after Adam Forshaw was tripped in the box by Jordi Amat, sending Swansea to second-bottom of the table after conceding 18 goals in their last six away games.

Reporting by Ian Chadband, editing by Ed Osmond

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