Holebas screamer lights up Watford win
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Jose Holebas' piledriver has condemned Middlesbrough to a fourth defeat in five Premier League outings as Watford snatched a 1-0 victory they scarcely deserved.
The Greece international's 54th-minute strike was of stunning quality, but it came in stark contrast to much of what either side produced during a largely dour 90 minutes on Sunday.
Middlesbrough created the better of what few opportunities there were and saw four penalty appeals rejected by referee Roger East, some of them with greater merit than others.
But ultimately they were made to pay for failing to produce enough in the final third as the Hornets held sway - they have now taken 10 points from their past five games - in front of a crowd of 28,131 at the Riverside Stadium.
The first half unfolded as something of a slog with Aitor Karanka's men dominating possession, leading to a 0-0 scoreline at the break.
But it was the visitors who took the lead in spectacular style when Holebas latched on to Marten de Roon's clearance and smashed an unstoppable shot high into the top corner, beyond the stunned Victor Valdes.