Chris Wilder relieved as Middlesbrough find winning form in Sunderland derby | Championship

Chris Wilder was a relieved man after watching Middlesbrough grind out a 1-0 derby victory at home against Sunderland. Riley McGree’s first-half winner proved enough to lift Boro out of the relegation zone.

McGree struck in the 25th minute, controlling Ryan Giles’ low cross before firing past Sunderland keeper Anthony Patterson. Boro had begun the match on the front foot, with Patterson clawing away Jonny Howson’s free-kick at his near post and McGree sending the rebound over the bar moments before scoring.

Sunderland struggled to create clear openings in the absence of Ross Stewart,…

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