BACK where he scored so many in a blue and white shirt Leroy Lita did it again as Boro won for the fourth time on the road this season
Leroy Lita's superb individual goal against ex-club Reading extended the Royals' winless home run to 15 games.
The striker was found by a clearance from Gary O'Neil and he spun round two defenders before firing past advancing goalkeeper Adam Federici (55).
Sean St Ledger had put Boro ahead with a deflected header from Adam Johnson's corner (12), before Lita's effort which secured a first win in four games.
Reading: Federici; O'Dea, Ingimarsson, Bertrand, Cummings, McAnuff, Howard, Kebe (Hunt 46), Karacan, Gunnarsson (Sigurdsson 58), Church. Unused subs: Hamer (gk); Matejovsky, Mills, Cisse, Rasiak.
Middlesbrough: Jones; McMahon, Wheater (Capt), St Ledger, Bennett, Yeates (Arca 70), O'Neil, Williams, A Johnson, Lita (Emnes 88), Aliadiere. Unused subs: Coyne (gk); Hoyte, Hines, Grounds, Digard.
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
Reading: Karacan, 22, foul.
Attendance: 17,638 (1.518 Boro)
Conditions: Overcast, cool and breezy
Website Boro Man of the Match: Sean St Ledger