Arnautovic puts Boro into bottom three
Stoke City 2 Middlesbrough 0
Middlesbrough dropped into the Premier League relegation zone as Marko Arnautovic's first-half brace condemned them to defeat at Stoke.
Boro fell behind in the 29th minute via a fine strike from Arnautovic, who then added a close-range finish three minutes before half-time.
The Teessiders, who are winless in 10 league matches and have failed to score in their last four, drop down a place to 18th in the table, with Crystal Palace moving up to 17th and three points clear of them with a 2-0 win at West Brom.
Boro's major problem is hitting the back of the net - they are the lowest scorers in the division, with just 19 for the season.
While there was a disallowed goal for Ben Gibson in the second half here, Aitor Karanka's side rarely looked like scoring - and they might have lost by more, with Ramadan Sobhi hitting the bar early on and having a late header well saved by Victor Valdes.
It was hardly a surprise to hear some booing at the final whistle from the travelling supporters, who should be seriously fearful about their team's predicament.
Sunday Indo Sport