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Huddersfield 0 Sheffield Wednesday 0 – Match report

Huddersfield 0 Sheff Wed 0: Controversy in Yorkshire derby as Helan stays on after being booked twice

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16:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten run in the npower Championship to four matches but were given a helping hand by referee Mick Russell in a fiercely-contested Yorkshire derby.

Wednesday, who have climbed out of the relegation zone after three straight wins over the Christmas period, should have been reduced to 10 men midway through the first half when key player Jeremy Helan was shown a second yellow card.

But Russell did not realise he had already booked the on-loan Manchester City midfielder and amid furious protestations from Huddersfield players and management, the Herefordshire official allowed Helan to play on.

Controversial moment: Wednesday's Jeremy Helan appears to receive a second yellow card from referee Mick Russell, but he was not sent off

Controversial moment: Wednesday's Jeremy Helan appears to receive a second yellow card from referee Mick Russell, but he was not sent off

Flashpoint: Referee Mick Russell and his assistants are harangued by Huddersfield players at half-time

Flashpoint: Referee Mick Russell and his assistants are harangued by Huddersfield players at half-time

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Gerrard, Wallace, Hunt (Dixon 70), Lynch, Clayton, Hammill, Southern, Atkinson (Scannell 62), Church (Vaughan 62), Beckford

Subs not used: Bennett, P Clarke, Norwood, Novak

Booked: Hunt, Dixon, Hammill

Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland, Buxton, R Johnson, Gardner, Llera, Antonio (J Johnson 88), McCabe, Lee, Helan, Prutton, Madine (Sidibe 65)

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Battle: Sean Scannell of Huddersfield (left) fights for the ball with Rhys McCabe of Sheffield Wednesday

Physical: Adam Hammill of Huddersfield (left) collides with Wednesday's Reda Johnson

Physical: Adam Hammill of Huddersfield (left) collides with Wednesday's Reda Johnson

Amid chants of 'you don't know what you're doing' the referee's gaffe was also pointed out by Grayson to fourth official Duncan Street and assistant referee Wayne Grunnill, but under the laws of the game, once Russell had restarted play following the foul, he was unable to retrospectively correct his mistake.

Town carved out their only clear-cut chance of the opening half a minute before the interval.

Church's low shot following Adam Clayton's cross was brilliantly saved by Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland and the score remained goalless at half-time.

Wednesday winger Michail Antonio almost cashed in on Wallace's slip on the edge of the area a minute into the second period, but dragged his shot wide, and soon after crossed tantalisingly to the far post, inches away from the outstretched boot of Madine.

Snap shit: Huddersfield's James Vaughan fires in a shot during the 0-0 draw at the John Smith's Stadium

Snap shit: Huddersfield's James Vaughan fires in a shot during the 0-0 draw at the John Smith's Stadium

Toe-to-toe: Kieran Lee and Murray Wallace slide in

Toe-to-toe: Kieran Lee and Murray Wallace slide in

Huddersfield responded in the 59th minute, but Clayton headed tamely at Kirkland following Hammill's pinpoint cross before Grayson sent on Sean Scannell and Vaughan for Atkinson and Church respectively.

Wednesday substitute Sidibe replaced Madine in the 65th minute and Huddersfield swapped injured right-back Jack Hunt with Paul Dixon five minutes later.

Dixon was booked soon after for bringing Antonio's marauding run crashing to an end.

Sidibe lashed a 25-yard shot high and wide in the 84th minute before Sidibe's header from Rhys McCabe's corner was superbly tipped away by Smithies and Vaughan's volley shaved the post at the other end.

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Nathan Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

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19:19 GMT, 26 December 2012

Substitute Nathan Delfouneso struck deep in stoppage time for Blackpool to deny Huddersfield a first win in eight games as an entertaining npower Championship clash finished 1-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Anthony Gerrard's first goal for the club looked to have ended Huddersfield's barren run but the Seasiders were excellent value for at least a point.

The visitors bombarded their opponent's goal for an hour, but a combination of bad luck and poor finishing looked like giving the Terriers a first clean sheet since their last victory against Barnsley back on November 10.

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Wallace 52), Scannell (Hammill 81), Southern, Norwood (Atkinson 52), Clayton, Vaughan, Beckford.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Novak, Church, Arfield.

Goals: Gerrard 66.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Crainey, Basham, Gomes (Kevin Phillips 86), Osbourne, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 81), Thomas (Delfouneso 70).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Martinez, Harris.

Booked: Osbourne, Baptiste.

Goals: Delfouneso 90.

Att: 16,832

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Blackpool should have been out of sight by half-time, with the home side unable to find a method of breaking up their stylish attacking play.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher wasted two glorious openings in the first 90 seconds against his former club. Chris Basham played him in with the first move of the game, but the 31-year-old miscued his shot high and wide with only goalkeeper Alex Smithies to beat.

Moments later good work down the left from Wes Thomas provided Taylor-Fletcher with a free header six yards out but he nodded wide.

Liverpool target Thomas Ince played in Tiago Gomes after six minutes, but the Portuguese midfielder had his effort blocked by home captain Peter Clarke.

A minute later Ince played glorious one-twos with Gomes and Taylor-Fletcher as the visitors broke from halfway, but the winger fired over from the edge of the box.

Thomas drilled wide after 14 minutes as Blackpool's relentless pressure continued, while Huddersfield's best moment of the first half came when Sean Scannell's low cross deflected to the feet of James Vaughan, only for the Norwich loanee to fail to get the ball under control allowing Blackpool to clear their lines.

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came on 19 minutes when midfielder Isaiah Osbourne powerfully bundled past two Huddersfield defenders only to skew his shot wide from six yards.

Clarke's miscued clearance fell to Osbourne and Ince played in Thomas, who curled over from 12 yards, while moments later Alex Baptiste fluffed his lines when a Stephen Crainey corner fell to him in the six-yard box and the right-back shot harmlessly over the crossbar.

Ince finally managed to beat Smithies five minutes before half-time, but full-back Calum Woods was on hand to clear off the line, before Anthony Gerrard turned Alex Baptiste's cross just wide of his own post.

Blackpool continued to press after the break – the lively Thomas cutting from the left and curling a 20-yard effort which Smithies did well to turn behind.

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Huddersfield gradually began to display some attacking threat, and Jermaine Beckford – having extended his loan from Everton on Christmas Eve – should have celebrated with a goal when he headed Jack Hunt's deep cross wide from five yards just after the hour mark.

Gerrard made Blackpool pay for their profligacy on 66 minutes when he rose highest to head home Adam Clayton's corner.

Blackpool's previous attacking threat quickly wilted after that and the home side might have added a second as they grew in confidence – Beckford almost finding the net with an audacious effort from 30 yards 10 minutes from time.

But late on Ince showed why Liverpool are eager to land the 20-year-old in January as he wove past two players to get to the by-line and cut back for Delfouneso, who made no mistake from six yards.

Crystal Palace 1 Huddersfield 1 – Wilfried Zaha, Keith Southern score

Crystal Palace 1 Huddersfield 1: Zaha stunner not enough to rein in Terriers

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20:02 GMT, 22 December 2012

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20:02 GMT, 22 December 2012

Wilfried Zaha enhanced his reputation with a stunning goal but Crystal Palace were pegged back by Huddersfield in an incident-filled match.

Arsenal and Manchester United are rumoured to be lining up January bids for the young England winger, and he bumped up his price tag by firing Palace into the lead in style.

Stunner: Wilfried Zaha (left) bangs home another screamer

Stunner: Wilfried Zaha (left) bangs home another screamer

Match facts

CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Ward (Moxey 53), Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Garvan (Gabbidon 15), Jedinak, Dikgacoi, Bolasie (Moritz 82), Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Goal: Zaha 39

Sent off: Delaney

HUDDERSFIELD: Smithies, Hunt, Gerrard, Lynch, Woods, Scannell (Ward 71), Southern, Norwood (Hammill 46), Clayton, Vaughan (Clarke 81), Beckford. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Dixon, Peter Church, Atkinson.

Goals: Southern 75

Booked: Hunt, Lynch, Woods

Sent off: Gerrard

Ref: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Att: 17,993

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But a goalkeeping error by Julian
Speroni allowed Keith Southern to claim his first goal for Huddersfield
as the visitors snatched a draw.

It was harsh on Speroni, who kept
Palace in the game in the first half after they were reduced to 10 men
when Damien Delaney was sent off after only 10 minutes.

The Argentinian, a survivor from the
last time Palace were in the Premier league seven years ago, pulled off
a string of fine saves including a penalty from Adam Clayton.

But his second-half blunder gifted Huddersfield a point as Palace slipped to third in the npower Championship.

Huddersfield also ended the match with 10 men after Anthony Gerrard saw red late on.

Speroni was straight in the thick of
the action when he dived to his right to keep out Jermaine Beckford's
header after just two minutes.

The Eagles were dealt a huge blow eight minutes later when defender Delaney was sent off for a foul on Beckford.

Palace, now a man down, should have
also been a goal down 10 minutes later when Joel Ward pulled down former
Selhurst winger Sean Scannell in the area.

Clayton stepped up to take the penalty but his weak effort was comfortably saved by Speroni, low to his right. Moments later Speroni was at it again, superbly turning away Beckford's point-blank shot from Scannell's cross.

Huddersfield were well on top but
they came close to gifting Palace the lead when Jack Hunt's pass back to
goalkeeper Alex Smithies was intercepted by Glenn Murray.

The 20-goal striker rounded Smithies but found the angle too tight and rolled his effort across goal.

And having weathered the early storm, the 10 men took the lead in style with seven minutes of the first half remaining.

Yannick Bolasie robbed Oliver Norwood
on the right-hand corner of the penalty area and slipped in Zaha with
an extravagant backheel.

Zaha charged into the box, sidestepped Hunt and lashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of Smithies' net.

In first-half stoppage time Clayton almost atoned for his penalty miss with a 20-yard curler but Speroni clawed his effort away.

However, for all Speroni's heroics
before the break he was badly at fault as Huddersfield grabbed the
softest of equalisers in the 74th minute.

Palace half-cleared a corner and Southern, lurking just inside the area, helped the ball back towards goal.

Beckford was standing in front of
Speroni but the keeper had no excuse for allowing the ball to squirm out
of his hands, through his legs and into the net.

Referee Graham Scott levelled up the numbers with 10 minutes left when he showed Gerrard a red card for a lunge on Bolassie.

Mile Jedinak went closest for Palace in the second half but his drive flew over as the hosts had to settle for a point.

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0 match report

Hull 2 Huddersfield 0: Bruce keeps Tigers flying high with comfortable victory

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00:23 GMT, 16 December 2012

Hull manager Steve Bruce is determined to get justice for his son Alex after his side’s win over Huddersfield ended in controversy.

The defender was sent off after the full-time whistle when he shoved Huddersfield striker Alan Lee in retaliation for an off-the-ball incident, and a melee ensued on the pitch and in the tunnel.

Bruce senior is determined the right person is punished, though, and took a DVD of the incident into the post-match press conference to show reporters footage of Lee aiming a forearm smash into the face of his son. ‘We are appealing his red, you can understand why,’

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Party time: Hull celebrate taking the lead against Huddersfield

Match facts

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, Hobbs, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 81), Evans (Cairney 63), Meyler, Koren (Faye 90), Quinn, Simpson.

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, Mclean, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

Booked: Quinn, Meyler.

Goals: Koren 8,Meyler 90.

Huddersfield: Smithies,Hunt,Peter Clarke,Gerrard,Lynch,Clayton,
Norwood (Lee 70),Southern,Ward (Atkinson 60), Novak (Beckford 60),Vaughan.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Hammill, Wallace.

Booked: Southern.

Att: 16,488

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Bruce said. ‘I knew there must have been something in it for him to react like that. I thought it was cowardly by Alan Lee.

‘I thought more of him, I have had a pint of Guinness with him, I have played his guitar and I thought more of him.

‘Cheat is the right word for him. I
don’t use that lightly but that’s the right word for him. He’s
15-and-a-half stone and he went down like that.

‘That has ruined the day. We had the best referee in the country in Howard Webb and I have spoken to him.

'He will report it and hopefully there
is some justice. Alex is wrong with his retaliation, but he only pushes
him in the chest. He’s my son, but he takes after his mother.’

Before the incident, Hull had cruised
to a third straight win thanks to Robert Koren’s eighth-minute goal and
an injury-time second from David Meyler, though the win could have been
more convincing.

Bruce added: ‘It was an excellent
performance and we were the better team by a million miles. Our only
achilles heel is the conversion of chances we create.’

Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson
admitted Lee deserves punishing if found to have done something wrong.
He said: ‘I didn’t see what Alan has done, but if he has done something
he will probably get punished.

‘I don’t know what will happen, but he
deserves punishing if he’s shown to have done something. It was a
stupid way to end the game from both sets of players.’

The defeat represents a sixth game in a
row without a win for Huddersfield and they rarely looked like scoring,
despite having plenty of possession.

Grayson added: ‘It is disappointing
because we did a lot of work on trying to match Hull and the way they
played, and inside eight minutes we were a goal down to something that
we had worked to prevent.

‘We tried to change formation and get
something out of the game, but i t was disappointing that we didn’t
create too many opportunities and when you look back Hull goalkeeper
David Stockdale has not had too much to do.

‘It will take hard work to get out of this run. We will just have to work hard on the training pitch.’

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0 – match report: Scott McDonald hits double

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0: McDonald double gets Boro back to winning ways

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22:31 GMT, 27 November 2012

Scott McDonald's brace helped Middlesbrough recover from back-to-back defeats as they recorded a convincing win over an out-of-sorts Huddersfield.

Boro's impressive start to the campaign had hit a snag when they suffered successive losses to Cardiff and Bristol City, but they got back to winning ways in front of nearly 22,000 at the Riverside this evening.

With Marvin Emnes and Ishmael Miller both on the bench, McDonald repaid manager Tony Mowbray's faith in starting him by stabbing home the opener.

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday (Parnaby 90), Ledesma (Zemmama 87), Bailey, McEachran, Smallwood, McDonald, Jutkiewicz (Miller 87).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Luke Williams.

Booked: Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 28, Ledesma 66, McDonald 85.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Lynch, Peter Clarke, Dixon, Ward, Norwood (Atkinson 54), Arfield, Robinson (Hammill 54), Church, Novak (Lee 68).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Gerrard, Wallace.

Att: 21,850

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Only the crossbar denied the hosts a
second before the break as Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pushed
Peter Clarke's hacked clearance on to the woodwork.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and McDonald
continued to cause the visitors' back four problems but it was Emmanuel
Ledesma who got the second goal with a dipping free-kick just after the
hour mark.

McDonald then fired in his second of
the evening, Jutkiewicz once again grabbing the assist, to extend
Huddersfield's winless streak to three games.

Both sides made changes from their weekend XIs and it was Huddersfield who were the more impressive starters.

After a couple of speculative efforts
went wide, Jack Hunt's mazy run culminated in a vicious left-foot strike
which just whistled over the top of the crossbar.

There was plenty of frustration for
the home side early on as Josh McEachran and Ledesma failed to coax out
their creative sides.

That all changed 28 minutes in, though, as McDonald turned in Jutkiewicz's centre for the opener.

Justin Hoyte burst into the box from
his right-back berth and rolled the ball to Jutkiewicz, who in turn
fired across goal where McDonald produced one of his predatory finishes.

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

Terriers captain Clarke then had his goalkeeper Smithies to thank just before the break as he spared the centre-back's blushes.

Jutkiewicz kept his head down when
embarking on a run and was oblivious to the fact nobody in a red shirt
was near his cut across, yet Clarke sliced his clearance towards goal
and Smithies had to palm the ball on to the crossbar.

Smithies' opposite number Jason Steele
also had to be alert to ensure Scott Arfield's dipping effort did not
drop under his crossbar.

McDonald and Jutkiewicz almost
combined to devastating effect once more minutes after the break but the
latter dallied when the chance materialised, allowing Smithies to
narrow the gap and make the save.

Manager Simon Grayson waited less than
10 minutes after the interval to make alterations for the visitors,
introducing Adam Hammill and Chris Atkinson.

It did not prevent Boro's front two
from threatening their goal once more, however, as Jutkiewicz displayed
great strength to turn away from two men before teeing up McDonald, who
smashed an effort narrowly wide.

The hosts did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage as Ledesma curled in a magical 25-yard free-kick.

The Argentinian earned the set piece
himself, when he cajoled Paul Dixon into tripping him, and his curling
effort dipped so low that Smithies could only push it into the roof of
his net.

Jutkiewicz forced Smithies into a good
save before he once more assumed his role as the provider for McDonald
five minutes from time.

The visitors wanted play stopped with
Hunt down on the ground injured but Boro continued unabated and
Jutkiewicz's cushioned header down was drilled home by McDonald to wrap
up the points.

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Sean Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

Huddersfield 1 Bristol City 0: Scannell strike leaves Robins in trouble

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17:22 GMT, 3 November 2012

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19:13 GMT, 3 November 2012

Sean Scannell's first-half goal sentenced Bristol City to their fifth successive defeat.

The former Crystal Palace attacker rounded off a smart move from Simon Grayson's side on 43 minutes to net what proved to be the winning goal.

City came closest to grabbing an equaliser deep into added time but Alex Smithies pulled off a superb save to keep out Stephen McManus' header.

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

On target: Sean Scannell (second left) celebrates his winner for Huddersfield

The Terriers, without the suspended Jack Hunt and injured strike duo Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan, made four changes with Scannell, Oliver Norwood, Calum Woods and Paul Dixon getting the nod.

Match facts

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Woods, Dixon, P Clarke, Lynch, Norwood (Robinson, 80), Clayton, Hammill (Ward, 73), Southern, Scannell (Gerrard, 88), Novak Subs not used: Bennett, Wallace, Arfield, Lee

Yellow card: Woods

Scorer: Scannell, 43

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Fontaine, McManus, Briggs, Skuse, Pearson (Woolford, 80), Elliott (Kilkenny, 64), Adomah, Baldock, Stead (Taylor, 75) Subs not used: Heaton, Wilson, Nyatanga, Anderson

Yellow cards: Fontaine, Adomah

Referee: Salisbury

Att: 12,561

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City, missing hamstrung top scorer Steven Davies, also shuffled their pack.

Liam Fontaine and Marvin Elliott returned from injury, Dean Gerken made his first npower Championship start of the season while Sam Baldock and Albert Adomah joined former Huddersfield man Jon Stead up front for struggling City.

The only real chance of an extremely quiet opening 40 minutes came from a free-kick after nine minutes after Stead was fouled on the edge of the box.

Adomah stepped up with a right-footed effort that drifted wide of Smithies' goal.

And there was very little to worry the Bristol City backline until two minutes before the break when Lee Novak's cut-back from the left wing was perfectly timed for the onrushing Scannell to mark his return to the starting line-up with a finish past Gerken from six yards out.

The visitors nearly drew level on the stroke of half-time when Cole Skuse's half-volley deflected off Peter Clarke and bounced wide.

There was another good chance shortly after the interval with Gerken forced into a fine save at his near post from Woods.

At the other end Huddersfield-born Stead had his first real sight of goal but his curling shot could not test Smithies.

The young keeper did have to be at his best just after the hour mark to deny Baldock on the line and keep his side's lead intact after the ball fell to the former West Ham forward.

Winger Adam Hammill had already seen one effort fall just wide before letting rip with a left-footed effort that fizzed over Gerken's crossbar on 68 minutes.

Ryan Taylor and Martyn Woolford were then introduced as Derek McInnes' men searched for a goal to end their miserable run of defeats.

Their next opportunity came from the right foot of the former York winger, who tried his luck from the edge of the box but his rising effort went over the bar as City continued to press.

Woolford then produced a lovely inviting ball across the box which was inches away from connecting with Baldock in added time and then in the final move of the match McManus looked to have grabbed a dramatic leveller but Smithies, at full stretch, got a hand to the Scot's effort.

Hull 2 Middlesbrough 1: Matty Fryatt nets winner for Tigers

Hull 2 Middlesbrough 1: Fryatt leaves it late to keep Tigers in the play-off hunt

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16:23 GMT, 9 April 2012

Matty Fryatt struck a late winner as Hull ended a run of five straight defeats with a first victory in seven matches to keep their npower Championship play-off hopes alive.

Fryatt drilled home his 12th goal of the season in the 88th minute to deal Middlesbrough's play-off hopes a blow after teenage winger Joshua King had scored his first goal for the Tigers to cancel out Marvin Emnes' first-half opener.

It was Hull's first home win since February 11 and the three points kept them in 10th place – four points behind Cardiff, who occupy the final play-off spot.

King for a day: Josh King celebrates after scoring Hull City's first goal

King for a day: Josh King celebrates after scoring Hull City's first goal

MATCH FACTS

Hull: Mannone, Garcia, Chester, Cooper, Dawson, Evans, Cairney, King, Koren (Olofinjana 90), Brady (Stewart 77), Fryatt.

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, East, Cullen.

Booked: Cooper, Evans.

Goals: King 58, Fryatt 88.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, McManus, Hines, McMahon, Arca (Hammill 74), Bailey, Robson (Martin 87), Smallwood, McDonald, Emnes (Ogbeche 74).

Subs Not Used: Thomson, Jutkiewicz.

Goals: Emnes 13.

Attendance: 19,613

Referee: Andy Woolmer

Boro have now drawn four and lost four of their last eight games, but Tony Mowbray's side remain two points better off than Hull in eighth place.

Hull boss Nick Barmby recalled five players in a bid to stop the rot. Midfielders Robert Koren, defender James Chester, striker Fryatt, plus wingers Robbie Brady and King all returned.

Middlesbrough made four changes themselves after Saturday's home defeat to Cardiff, with midfielders Richard Smallwood and Julio Arca, defender Tony McMahon and Emnes back in the side.

King forced Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele into a sprawling save with a low shot from inside the penalty area in the fourth minute.

Brady then saw his 20-yard drive blocked by Stephen McManus, but Boro made the breakthrough with their first noteworthy effort in the 13th minute.

Midfielder Nicky Bailey crossed from the right and, when the ball broke to Emnes on the left side of the area, the Dutchman curled a right-footed shot into the top corner.

Encouraged by his 17th goal of the season, Emnes went close to making it 2-0 to Boro in the 31st minute, but Hull goalkeeper Vito Mannone saved smartly to keep out his angled shot.

Fryatt had another shot charged down, but otherwise Hull laboured to get back on terms before the break.

Barmby's side bossed possession after the restart and scored their first goal in over four and a half hours at the KC Stadium when King rifled home a loose ball in the penalty area high into the net in the 58th minute.

The Tigers were now in the ascendancy and Richard Garcia, operating in the back four due to Liam Rosenior's injury, volleyed straight at Steele from 20 yards.

Despite being under the cosh for long periods, Boro served warning of their capabilities on the break when striker Scott McDonald headed McMahon's deep cross just off target in the 73rd minute.

Boro boss Mowbray sent on striker Bart Ogbeche for Emnes and winger Adam Hammill for Arca with 16 minutes left before Brady fired a long-range shot wide as Hull went in search of the winner.

Fryatt's volley from inside the area was blocked by McManus and Tigers substitute Cameron Stewart's thumping shot was well saved at full stretch by Steele.

McManus headed over the crossbar for Boro, but with the clock running down, King supplied the cross from the right and Fryatt reacted quickest to arrow a shot into the bottom corner.

Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff 2

Middlesbrough 0 Cardiff 2: Bluebirds boost play-off hopes at Boro's expense

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16:32 GMT, 7 April 2012

Ben Turner and Joe Mason both struck within the space of eight first-half minutes as Cardiff leapfrogged npower Championship play-off rivals Middlesbrough back into the top six.

Cardiff defender Turner headed home Liam Lawrence's corner in the 11th minute and early substitute Mason converted another Lawrence assist from close range eight minutes later as Malky Mackay's side rekindled their promotion hopes with their first win in six matches.

Boro winger Adam Hammill struck the post with a vicious shot early in the second half and substitute Marvin Emnes forced Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall into a fine save with 15 minutes left, but otherwise Tony Mowbray's side were restricted to long-range efforts as they chased the game after the break.

Big win: Joe Mason (second right) celebrates scoring Cardiff's second goal

Big win: Joe Mason (second right) celebrates scoring Cardiff's second goal

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, McManus, Hines, Bennett, Robson,
Thomson (Emnes 62), Bailey (Ogbeche 84), Hammill (Martin 69), McDonald, Jutkiewicz.

Subs not used: McMahon, Smallwood.

Booked: Bennett

Cardiff: Marshall, Blake, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Cowie,
Gunnarsson, Lawrence, McPhail (Gestede 54), Whittingham, Miller (Mason 6).

Subs not used: Heaton, McNaughton, Earnshaw, Gestede, Mason.

Booked: Taylor, Whittingham, McPhail

Goals: Turner 11, Mason 19

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Both sides had seen their play-off chances falter in recent weeks after drawing their previous four matches and, while the Bluebirds' second win in 11 games lifted them a point above seventh-placed Brighton, Boro have now failed to win any of their last seven and drop down a place to eighth.

Cardiff quickly overcame an early injury to striker Kenny Miller, forced out of the action in the sixth minute, to take the lead five minutes later.
Bluebirds midfielder Lawrence swung over a corner and defender Turner rose above the home defence to plant a firm header into the bottom corner.

Boro striker Lukas Jutkiewicz spurned a golden chance to equalise when he headed Joe Bennett's cross wide in the 17th minute, but within 60 seconds Cardiff had doubled their lead.

Lawrence was again the provider, playing the ball across the six-yard box from the right and Mason, Miller's replacement, was left unmarked to sidefoot the ball into the bottom corner for his 10th goal of the season.

Boro responded immediately, with midfielder Barry Robson's angled 25-yard shot brilliantly turned away at full stretch by Marshall.

Boro defender Seb Hines headed Hammill's corner straight at Marshall and Jutkiewicz dragged a 20-yard shot wide, but Cardiff were only denied a third goal just before the break when Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out Mason's shot from inside the area with his feet.

The home side raised the tempo after the restart and were denied by the woodwork when Hammill's angled drive hit the post in the 48th minute.
Marshall then held a shot from Boro midfielder Nicky Bailey and striker Scott McDonald rifled a shot over the crossbar.

But Boro were restricted to long-range efforts. Robson's free-kick was easily held by Marshall, McDonald skewed another effort from the edge of the area off target and Hammill fired straight at the Bluebirds' goalkeeper from 20 yards.

Jutkiewicz headed McDonald's cross just wide in the 86th minute and substitute Bart Ogbeche was wayward with his shot from outside the area, while defender Stephen McManus lifted his effort over the crossbar in the closing stages.

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Ipswich 1 Middlesbrough 1: Leadbitter and Jutkiewicz redeem themselves

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Grant Leadbitter and Lukas Jutkiewicz both went from villains to heroes as Ipswich and Middlesbrough shared the spoils at Portman Road.

An ordinary first half produced next to nothing in the way of excitement in what was a rearranged npower Championship fixture which was abandoned back in February due to a frozen pitch.

But the encounter came to life within minutes of the restart as Boro substitute Jutkiewicz, a replacement for Seb Hines who was forced off due to injury along with skipper Matthew Bates, registered his contender for miss of the season.

Redemption: Lukas Jutkiewicz strikes for Middlesbrough

Redemption: Lukas Jutkiewicz strikes for Middlesbrough

MATCH FACTS

Ipswich: McCarthy, Edwards, Delaney, Smith, Cresswell, Emmanuel-Thomas, Bowyer (Drury 64), Leadbitter, Murphy (Scotland 68), Martin, Chopra

Subs Not Used: Lee-Barrett, Stevenson, Sonko

Booked: Smith

Goals: Leadbitter 74

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bates (McMahon 17), Hines (Jutkiewicz 46), Bennett, Hammill, Robson, Bailey, Arca, Emnes (Thomson 85), Smallwood

Subs Not Used: Zemmama, Ogbeche

Booked: Bailey.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 63

Attendance: 18,727

Ref: Keith Stroud

Town midfielder Leadbitter soon had his head in his hands as well as he watched his penalty turned away by Jason Steele.

Yet Jutkiewicz made amends in the 63rd minute when he converted from close range, with Leadbitter also redeeming himself 11 minutes later with a blistering shot from 30 yards.

It was a third successive draw for promotion-chasing Boro, who are now winless in five, and keeps them in fifth while Town – denied a sixth straight home win – have suffered just two defeats in their last 12.

Leadbitter returned from suspension to replace Andy Drury as Town's only change, while Boro boss Tony Mowbray, formerly of Ipswich, brought in four new faces – Richard Smallwood, Julio Arca, Barry Robson and Marvin Emnes all starting.

The first half produced plenty of flowing, passing football although clear-cut openings were few.

The returning Leadbitter fashioned the first chance, his 25-yard strike tipped over by Boro goalkeeper Steele.

Mowbray was forced into an unwanted early change after 17 minutes, Tony McMahon replacing the injured Bates in defence.

Tussle: Carlos Edwards of Ipswich Town battles with Marvin Emnes

Tussle: Carlos Edwards of Ipswich Town battles with Marvin Emnes

A jinking run from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas almost produced a clear sight of goal, while Michael Chopra fired over from distance.

But, all in all, there was very little for the 18,727 present in Suffolk to get excited about during the opening 45 minutes.

Hines recovered from a worrying-looking head injury to briefly rejoin matters, much to the relief of Mowbray.

And Boro enjoyed a short spell of pressure as the first half drew to a close, McMahon's long-range free-kick forcing a save from Alex McCarthy.

Hines was duly forced off at the interval to be replaced by striker Jutkiewicz, with Nicky Bailey reverting into a makeshift central defence alongside McMahon.

Pulling level: Paul Jewell's side scored the equaliser

Pulling level: Paul Jewell's side scored the equaliser

Nevertheless, it was at the other end where Jutkiewicz was guilty of a glaring miss within minutes of coming on, McCarthy only managing to parry Barry Robson's shot into the path of the former Coventry marksman who blazed over from a matter of yards.

Out of nowhere Town were handed the clearest chance of the encounter when Emmanuel-Thomas was adjudged to have been brought down in the area by Smallwood, yet Leadbitter saw his spot-kick palmed away by Steele.

And Boro soon made the most it as Jutkiewicz converted from close range after Ipswich had been forced to clear their lines on more than one occasion in a swift attacking move from the visitors.

But, like Jutkiewicz, Leadbitter made up for his earlier miss with a scorching shot from distance 16 minutes from time.

Patrick Vieira: Refs don"t want Manchester City as Premier League champions

Refs are out to get us! Vieira claims officials don't want Man City to win Premier League

Patrick Vieira has hit out at Premier League referees and claimed there is an agenda to prevent Manchester City landing the title.

Vieira, who is City's football development executive, believes Roberto Mancini's table-toppers have been treated unfairly by officials in recent weeks.

City lost skipper Vincent Kompany and striker Mario Balotelli to four-game bans and their lead over fierce rivals Manchester United is just two points.

And he's off: Vincent Kompany saw red for this tackle on Nani last month

And he's off: Vincent Kompany saw red for this tackle on Nani last month

Marching orders: Kompany

Kompany was sent off for a two-footed tackle on Nani during the FA Cup defeat to United but Vieira pointed to Frank Lampard's challenge on Adam Hammill of Wolves as the Chelsea star only received a yellow card.

Balotelli was punished retrospectively for a stamp on Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker and again Vieira cited Peter Crouch's alleged eye-gouging of Jonas Olsson as inconsistency among officials.

He said: 'It felt like anything that City will do will be amplified and we get punished, compared to the other teams and the other players.

'I don't want to think about it because I don't want to say everyone is against City or anything like that.

Hard to take: Patrick Vieira feels Manchester City are being singled out

Hard to take: Patrick Vieira feels Manchester City are being singled out

'But when you look at the last few decisions, you are asking yourself if something is wrong here, if people don't want us to win the league. Vieira added: 'Lampard's tackle looked dangerous compared to Vincent's. Crouch, when he put his finger in the eye of another player, looked bad as well.

'We try our best to win the league, we accept our punishment. But when you look what is happening to the other ones, that makes us as a football club really frustrated.

'It seems like if you have one referee you get one decision but if you have a different referee the decision may also be different.

Flashpoint: Mario Balotelli landed a suspension for a stamp on Scott Parker

Flashpoint: Mario Balotelli landed a suspension for a stamp on Scott Parker

'It's difficult to understand some decisions compared to the decisions we had. I think this is what brings the confusion. The confusion is dangerous for our game.

'Players are saying that they don't know what the rules mean and if they are likely to be sent off or not.

'Confusion is really dangerous, especially for the referee and the refereeing body. I believe that they're making the referees job more and more difficult.

'A good referee is someone who referees with his personality and with common sense, to make the decision he thinks is right at the moment, not because he's afraid of the consequences.'

Knows what he's talking about: Vieira was a hard player back in the day

Knows what he's talking about: Vieira was a hard player back in the day