Johnson at the double in Boro win

26 January 2010 10:23
The Boro winger scored his 10th and 11th league goals of the season, his first coming in spectacular fashion on the half-hour mark.[LNB]He then laid one on for team-mate Jonathan Franks in first-half stoppage time.[LNB]Substitute Leroy Lita added a third after the break, while home debutant Jordon Mutch treated fans to another special strike in the closing stages.[LNB]But aptly it was Johnson who wrapped things up a the death, this time with a free-kick.[LNB]The first real chance came as early as the fifth minute when James Spicer could only sting the palms of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Danny Coyne as the angle tightened.[LNB]Having been kept relatively quiet during the first 20 minutes, Boro settled, but for all their possession they struggled to create any notable chances.[LNB]That is, until Rovers defender James Chambers did magnificently to get himself in the way of a Johnson shot which looked almost certain to end up in the back of the net.[LNB]The hosts again went close when Billy Sharp almost beat Coyne from outside the box in the 25th minute, but the former Wales international saved well.[LNB]Then a moment of genius from Johnson five minutes later following a quick throw-in on the left gave the visitors the lead.[LNB]The 22-year-old winger was allowed an inch of space and he punished the onlooking Rovers defenders by thumping a left-footed drive into the top right corner of Neil Sullivan's goal.[LNB]And then in first-half stoppage time Boro doubled their lead when Franks scored a well-taken goal.[LNB]Johnson, who accelerated towards the byline with devastating speed, pulled the ball back for Franks who made no mistake from close range.[LNB]A third came in calamitous fashion when a mix-up between James O'Connor and Sullivan allowed Lita to score with 24 minutes still to play.[LNB]O'Connor had tried to nod the ball back to his keeper but it sailed over him, presenting Lita with the simple task of knocking in to an empty net.[LNB]Another sensational strike in the 84th minute gave the home supporters something to cheer.[LNB]Teenage midfielder Mutch marked his arrival on loan from Birmingham with a shot which flew past Coyne from 30 yards.[LNB]But it proved little more than a consolation as some quick thinking from Johnson in stoppage time saw him stroke home his second of the evening.[LNB]Rovers were slow to assemble any sort of wall after conceding a free-kick and the impressive youngster made them pay.[LNB][LNB][LNB]

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