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Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0 match report

Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0: Boro bounce back and pile the pressure on Berg

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17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012

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17:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck the game's
solitary goal midway through the second half as Middlesbrough bounced
back from Saturday's npower Championship defeat at Leeds to keep their
automatic promotion hopes alive.

Polish striker Jutkiewicz struck for
the second successive game with a clinical low finish from the edge of
the penalty area to lift Tony Mowbray's side up to third, within a point
of second-placed Hull.

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Christmas cracker: Lucas Jutkiewicz scores the winner

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Woodgate, Bikey (Rhys Williams 46), Hoyte, Ledesma, McEachran (Smallwood 56), Leadbitter, Emnes (Bailey 72), Jutkiewicz, McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Halliday, Miller.

Booked: Ledesma

Goals: Jutkiewicz 67.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Grant Hanley, Dann, Martin Olsson, Rosado (Dunn 79), Murphy, Lowe, King, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards (Rochina 83). Subs Not Used: Usai, Givet, Pedersen, Etuhu, Vukcevic.

Booked: Henley.

Att: 22,882

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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Blackburn, who have now won only once under manager Henning Berg in 10 matches, were made to pay for missed chances and continue to slide down the table after securing just one point from their last six fixtures.

Rovers' late substitute Ruben Rochina was denied a late equaliser when Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele kept out his free-kick, but the home side were also guilty of some wasteful finishing.

Defender Andre Bikey and Argentinian striker Emmanuel Ledesma returned for Boro, while Portugal Under-21s international Diogo Rosado made his first start for Blackburn with midfielder Danny Murphy and defender Grant Hanley also recalled by Berg.

Middlesbrough made the brighter start as Jutkiewicz and Ledesma both fired over the crossbar from inside the penalty area before 16-goal Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes fired a shot just off target at the other end.

Rosado then tested Steele with a swirling, angled drive from 35 yards that was well held by the Boro goalkeeper and in a see-saw opening Jutkiewicz's header from Ledesma's cross was gathered by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean.

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Close call: Jordan Rhodes is kept out by Boro defence

Middlesbrough defender George Friend and midfield team-mate Grant Leadbitter both fired in shots from outside the area, but the home side were given a let-off in the 24th minute when Rhodes spurned a gilt-edged chance from close range.

Boro continued to rain in shots from long range. Rosado, again from more than 30 yards, striker Scott McDonald and Ledesma all tried their luck from distance before the break, the latter's well held by Kean in the 35th minute.

Both sides went in search of the game's opening goal in an even contest, but the score remained goalless at the interval.

Mowbray replaced Bikey with Rhys Williams during the interval and the latter was straight into the action, blocking Rovers striker Josh King's goalbound effort before Murphy's 20-yard shot was well held by Steele.

Jutkiewicz was next to waste a golden opportunity when he headed wide from six yards from McDonald's telling cross in the 50th minute, while Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards saw his header saved by Steele before blazing the rebound over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy.

Jutkiewicz dragged an angled shot wide and forward team-mate Marvin Emnes arrowed a 25-yard effort off target, but in the 67th minute Boro broke the deadlock.

McDonald pulled the ball back towards the edge of the penalty area from the left and Jutkiewicz buried a low, right-footed shot into the bottom corner for his seventh goal of the season.

Blackburn boss Berg replaced Rosado with David Dunn in the 78th minute before fellow midfielder Jason Lowe fired a low angled shot just wide and moments later visiting goalkeeper Kean denied Boro a second when tipping McDonald's close-range effort over the crossbar at full stretch.

Rovers almost snatched a point in the final minute, but Rochina's goalbound free-kick was brilliantly saved by Boro keeper Steele.

Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1 – match report

Leeds United 2 Middlesbrough 1: Becchio double kick starts new era in style

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17:34 GMT, 22 December 2012

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17:34 GMT, 22 December 2012

In-form striker Luciano Becchio continued his impressive goal scoring
record against Middlesbrough to help Leeds kick off their new era with a
win.

The day after GFH Capital confirmed their 100% buyout of the Whites,
Becchio scored either side of the break to cancel out Lucas Jutkiewicz's
opener and earn his side a fifth win in six npower Championship games.

Double trouble: Luciano Becchio heads home the winner

Double trouble: Luciano Becchio heads home the winner

Match facts

Leeds: Kenny, Byram, Tate, Lees, Peltier (Pearce 77), Green (White 46), Tonge, Norris, Thomas (Somma 68), Diouf, Becchio. Subs Not Used: Ashdown, Varney, Brown, McCormack.

Booked: Norris.

Goals: Becchio 45, 73.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Parnaby 76), Woodgate, Hines, Friend, McDonald (Halliday 80), McEachran, Leadbitter, Smallwood (Ledesma 76), Jutkiewicz, Emnes. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Luke Williams, Reach.

Booked: Friend.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 30.

Att: 25,406

Ref: Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

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The 28-year-old took his tally for the season to 17 in the process – just three short of his best-ever return for the club – and improved his record against Boro to five in four games.

The former Barcelona B man still has 18 months to run on his contract at Elland Road but it is likely that manager Neil Warnock will be knocking on the door of his new bosses soon to try and arrange an extension as he looks to kickstart a promotion push in the new year.

In this form that looks likely for Leeds, although they still have a number of teams above them, including a Boro side who, with some better finishing from Jutkiewicz, could have been out of sight by the time the winner arrived.

With Leeds' new hierarchy in situ today it looked as though their big day would be ruined by both the weather – the game was given the go ahead after two pitch inspections – and a Middlesbrough side who started the better.

They adapted the better to the conditions early on, with Scott McDonald fizzing a low strike just wide after 67 seconds and Jutkiewicz nodding over when he should have done better.

It took Leeds 20 minutes to get a sight of Middlesbrough's goal but when they did they thought they were ahead, with Sam Byram's downwards header from an El-Hadji Diouf free-kick looking in all the way until Team GB goalkeeper Jason Steele got down to somehow scoop it up.

Red hot: Lucas Jutkiewicz (out of pic) scores for Middlesbrough

Red hot: Lucas Jutkiewicz (out of pic) scores for Middlesbrough

That was about as good as it got for the Whites in the early stages, though, and with Boro quicker to almost everything, it was of no surprise when they took the lead 30 minutes in.

Diouf's lay-off was missed by all of his team-mates and allowed the visitors to pick up the ball, with Jutkiewicz racing through on Paddy Kenny's goal and drilling in a low strike which the keeper did well to save with his feet. Leeds were slow to the rebound, however, and Jutkiewicz picked it up and beat Kenny at his near post via a deflection off Alan Tate.

Leeds responded well to the goal and would have been level had Jerome Thomas squared to Diouf and not shot across goal, but the equaliser did come on the stroke of half-time, with Becchio half-volleying in via the angle of post and bar after Jonathan Woodgate failed to clean up Byram's cross.

It was perhaps slightly harsh on Middlesbrough, who had been the better side, and that carried on into the second half with Jutkiewicz turning Tate and breaking clear but failing to beat Kenny.

Regardless of his conversion rate, Jutkiewicz was getting at Kenny at will and as the hour approached he bore down on him again, this time foiled by the former QPR man's midriff as he again attacked the near post.

In a bid to shake things up, Leeds sent on South Africa striker Davide Somma for a first appearance since May 2011, but it was Becchio who remained their biggest threat and he duly proved why with 17 minutes left.

After his header from a Diouf cross was tipped over by Steele, he rose the highest from the resulting corner to beat the goalkeeper with another nod of his head, this one taking a deflection off former United defender Woodgate.

Boro's response was a frenzied one, with Emmanuel Ledesma nearly wrong-footing Kenny and even Steele going close from a corner, but Leeds hung on.

Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 0 – match report:

Middlesbrough 2 Wolves 0: Late Boro double sinks visitors in tight affair at Riverside

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17:28 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:40 GMT, 15 December 2012

Middlesbrough grabbed two late goals to move back into third in the npower Championship as Wolves' unbeaten December was ended at the Riverside.

Stale Solbakken's side, who had started the month with back-to-back wins, had not won on Teesside since 1951 although they seemed on course for a point until Marvin Emnes' penalty and Scott McDonald's strike sealed three points for Boro.

Wolves substitute David Davis went close late on with an effort which looked to be heading in until a deflection diverted it into goalkeeper Jason Steele's arms.

Close call: Middlesbrough scored two goals late on to steal the win

Close call: Middlesbrough scored two goals late on to steal the win

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend (Parnaby 80), Woodgate, Hines, Hoyte, Luke Williams (Emnes 62), McEachran, Leadbitter, Smallwood, Miller (Ledesma 62), McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Bailey, Jutkiewicz.

Booked: Leadbitter.

Goals: Emnes 89 pen,McDonald 90.

Wolves: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Doumbia (Davis 74), Henry, Sigurdarson, Sako, Ebanks-Blake (Pennant 74), Doyle.

Subs Not Used: De Vries, Stearman, Nouble, Batth, Forde.

Attendance: 15,662

Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

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The turning point came moments later
as referee Robert Madley awarded a spot-kick to the hosts when a cross
struck Karl Henry's arm.

The visitors were adamant the contact
was purely accidental with Henry keeping his arms by his side, but the
penalty was awarded and Emnes sent Carl Ikeme the wrong way in the 89th
minute.

To rub salt into the wounds, McDonald smashed in a second in the fourth minute of stoppage time as Wolves pushed for a leveller.

The hosts were the first to go close as Luke Williams forced Ikeme into a stop.

Ishmael Miller, who was given a
chance to shine with both Emnes and Lukas Jutkiewicz on the substitutes'
bench, tried to repay Tony Mowbray's faith in him as a blistering
counter-attack ended with the former West Brom forward curling a
left-footed effort over the top.

Both sides looked more comfortable on the break and Henry's good work almost culminated in a golden chance for the visitors.

Henry darted forward down the left
and pulled the ball across goal as Jonathan Woodgate had to step with a
last-ditch challenge to stop Sylvan Ebanks-Blake sweeping home.

Wolves midfielder Bakary Sako was
never shy of trying his luck from distance and a free-kick which just
went wide was as close as either team came to a first-half opener.

Chances were at a premium and Sakho again drilled an effort in from range with Steele right behind it.

Mowbray tried to inject some life
into his side with the double introduction of tricky winger Emmanuel
Ledesma and Emnes, and the former jinked inside before firing straight
at Ikeme.

At the other end, Kevin Doyle's
vicious effort almost caught Steele out with its movement, though the
stopper pushed it wide and away from danger.

The visitors looked the more likely
to grab a late goal and substitute Davis thought he had clinched three
points, but his effort was deflected into Steele's path.

Moments later Boro were awarded a
penalty when McDonald's cross struck Henry on the arm, despite Wolves'
protestations that the contact was purely accidental.

Emnes stroked home the spot-kick and
he then turned provider, teeing up McDonald as Middlesbrough made a
three-on-two break count.

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller

Peterborough 2 Middlesbrough 3: Posh denied by sub Miller

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17:42 GMT, 8 December 2012

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17:42 GMT, 8 December 2012

Middlesbrough substitute Ishmael Miller came off the bench to snatch
the winner and deny rock-bottom Peterborough their first point from a
losing position this season.

Faris Haroun returned from the calf injury which had kept him out of
Boro's last four fixtures and soon made up for lost time with a
first-half brace.

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Super sub: Ishmael Miller (R) scores the winner

Match facts

Peterborough: Olejnik, Little, Zakuani, Bostwick, Newell, Rowe (Ferdinand 78),Knight-Percival (Swanson 90),Thorne, Boyd,
Tomlin, Gayle. Subs Not Used: Day, Alcock, Brisley, McCann, Kearns.

Booked: Tomlin.

Goals: Gayle 37, 52.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Halliday, Parnaby, Woodgate, Bikey,
Leadbitter, Haroun (Smallwood 69), McEachran (Thomson 78), Ledesma, Emnes (Miller 73), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Bailey, Hines, Jutkiewicz.

Goals: Haroun 9,20,Miller 76.

Att: 6,612

Ref: Carl Berry (Surrey).

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His first goal came after nine minutes when he provided a cool finish to a blistering counter-attack which left Posh stunned.

Any home supporters privy to the knowledge Peterborough had not taken a single point after going behind would not have been surprised to see Haroun head home the second shortly afterwards.

However, Peterborough staged an unlikely comeback when on-loan striker Dwight Gayle struck either side of half-time to turn the game on its head.

Both sides pushed hard for a winner but Miller's speculative effort surprised Posh stopper Robert Olejnik to extend Darren Ferguson's side's winless run to eight games.

Peterborough could scarcely have imagined how their first spell of sustained pressure would end as Middlesbrough executed a devastating counter-attack to break the deadlock.

Scott McDonald dispatched a diagonal ball right into Haroun's path and the Belgian midfielder strode forward with purpose before slotting past Olejnik.

Their wait for that second goal did not last long as Haroun made it 2-0 inside 20 minutes.

Stuart Parnaby delivered from the right and Haroun proved he was the hungriest man inside the box by running across his marker to meet the cross and nod home.

Tommy Rowe snatched at a chance as Peterborough looked to get themselves back in the contest, but Boro were looking comfortable until Gayle's thumping finish seven minutes prior to the break.

The striker, who grabbed the first goal of his loan spell from Dagenham last week against Blackpool, feigned one way then shuffled the ball on to his right foot before rifling into the top corner.

Gayle's moment of magic rocked Tony Mowbray's men and Peterborough almost reached half-time all square but George Thorne's sweetly-struck strike fell narrowly wide.

The London Road faithful were taking a shine to Gayle's work ethic and he endeared himself to them even more with the leveller seven minutes into the second period.

The 22-year-old won the corner himself, drawing Jason Steele into a smart stop from a tight angle, before he prodded home Lee Tomlin's set-piece delivery.

Gayle was inspiring those around him too and a break similar to the one which led to Boro's opener almost nudged the hosts in front for the first time.

Tomlin released the overlapping Rowe and his drilled effort just missed the target.
Gayle just missed out on an inviting cross in his quest for a hat-trick but it was the visitors who were to provide the killer blow 14 minutes from time.

Miller, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area and Olejnik was beaten by a shot which lacked any great deal of power or pace.

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2: King doubles up to seal comeback and end winless run

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22:11 GMT, 30 November 2012

Birmingham twice fought back against high-flying Middlesbrough before Marlon King's well-taken finish claimed only a second home win in seven attempts at St Andrew's.

Boro captain Grant Leadbitter headed his first npower Championship goal of the season to put the visitors ahead before King, who had earlier hit the outside of a post, picked himself up to draw level from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time, an equaliser City scarcely deserved.

Scott McDonald capitalised on some shambolic defending from Pablo Ibanez to nudge Boro back in front just after the hour mark but, again, the home side drew level courtesy of substitute Wade Elliott's lob, which really should have been kept out by Jason Steele.

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

At the double: Marlon King scored a penalty and a super second

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Ibanez, Davies, Robinson, Morrison (Elliott 46), Mullins, Spector, Hall (Burke 69), King, Zigic (Lovenkrands 75).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Caldwell, Redmond, Diop.

Booked: Robinson.

Goals: King 45 pen, Elliott 66, King 81.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday, Ledesma (Smallwood 67), McEachran (Zemmama 83), Bailey, Leadbitter, Jutkiewicz (Miller 67), McDonald.

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Parnaby.

Booked: Halliday.

Goals: Leadbitter 14, McDonald 62.

Att: 15,322

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

But there was nothing fortunate about King's matchwinning second, a sublime low finish across Steele in the 81st minute to claim three much-needed points for Lee Clark's side, ending a four-match winless run.

Lowly Birmingham's joy came on a night in which frustrated home fans had earlier unfurled a banner which read 'Clark out, Carson out', referring to Hong Kong-based owner Carson Yeung and the club's ongoing takeover talk.

Middlesbrough went into the clash knowing victory would take them joint top of the Championship and they will have felt hard done by as they slipped to a third defeat in four games.

Boro certainly went into the clash as the more impressive side this season but history was not on their side having won just one of their previous 15 visits to St Andrew's.

Blues were first to threaten courtesy of towering Serbian striker Nikola Zigic but his header from the free-kick of loanee Rob Hall, making his full debut, went narrowly wide.

The visitors' attractive passing style was certainly easy on the eye and it was they who broke the deadlock after 14 minutes.

The ball was recycled to Andy Halliday out on the left and, with unorthodox Blues right midfielder Jonathan Spector out of position, Leadbitter, back from suspension, nodded home from six yards.

Lukas Jutkiewicz should have made it 2-0 after 21 minutes but his header from Justin Hoyte's cross flew off target.

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Tucked away: King puts away the spot kick

Birmingham came within inches of a leveller soon after when Steele's fingertips nudged King's low effort on to the outside of a post following a flowing counter.

Boro were playing the ball around well, with Leadbitter and Nicky Bailey pulling the strings, but Birmingham were certainly struggling to find any kind of rhythm.

Jack Butland twice saved from Emmanuel Ledesma before, out of nowhere and with half-time approaching, the hosts drew level.

King turned Andre Bikey, who tripped the striker in the penalty area, and King himself stepped up to convert.

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

On his way: Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald breaks through the Birmingham defence and goes on to score, celebrating below

Scott McDonald celebrates

England prodigy Butland twice came to Birmingham's rescue at the start of the second half, saving close range from Josh McEachran's cross and then clawing away McDonald's attempted lob.

But McDonald was to beat Butland just after the hour mark, capitalising on defensive hesitancy from Ibanez before firing home in a goalmouth scramble.

Boro keeper Steele saved well from Spector but was soon at fault for Birmingham's equaliser as he failed to keep out Elliott's 25-yard lob.

And it was left for King to have the final say, finishing superbly after Boro had given the ball away to sub Peter Lovenkrands in the middle of the park.

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0 – match report: Gareth Bale robbed of Europa League winner

Lazio 0 Tottenham 0: Anti-Semitic chants overshadow stalemate… as Spurs left facing Greek showdown for Europa progress

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21:07 GMT, 22 November 2012

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Paul Gascoigne was given a hero's welcome in Rome's Olympic Stadium as the former Tottenham and Lazio midfielder was guest of honour for the two sides' Europa League clash.

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Tottenham could not deliver their battered and bruised fans victory over Lazio, but their Hugo Lloris-inspired draw at the Stadio Olimpico means they are one step closer to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Their draw against the Rome-based club did not come without controversy, however, as Lazio fans chanted 'Juden Tottenham' at the away fans in an apparent anti-Semitic jibe at the end of a troubled 24 hours for the visiting fans.

One Tottenham fan was in hospital tonight after being stabbed in the skull and thigh during an attack on a bar in the city centre in the early hours of this morning.

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)

Too quick: Gareth Bale (centre) rounds goalkeeper Federico Marchetti (left) and Luis Pedro Cavanda (right)…

... before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute...

… before the Tottenham winger taps into an empty net in the fifth minute…

... but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

… but replays showed Bale was clearly ONSIDE as the pass was played through by Tom Carroll

Match facts

Lazio: Marchetti, Cavanda, Biava, Ciani, Radu, Mauri, Gonzalez, Ledesma, Hernanes (Ederson 69), Lulic (Candreva 78), Kozak (Floccari 78).

Subs not used: Bizzarri, Scaloni, Onazi, Rozzi, Floccari.

Booked: Floccari

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton, Sigurdsson (Lennon 63), Sandro, Carroll (Dembele 76), Bale, Dempsey (Defoe 63), Adebayor.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Huddlestone, Dawson, Livermore.

Booked: Vertonghen

Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (Spain).

Attendance: 20,000

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Lazio, and their icon Paul Gascoigne –
who was guest of honour here in the Italian capital – would have hoped
for the football to do the talking, but the apparent anti-Semitic
chanting will disappoint UEFA, who fined the club for monkey-chanting
during the reverse fixture in September.

Gascoigne's appearance on the pitch
had rekindled memories of a glorious era for Lazio and Spurs, but
tonight's tie proved to be anything but a classic.

Libor Kozak, making a rare start,
missed a hatful of chances for the hosts, but Lloris was equally
important in keeping Lazio at bay.

The Frenchman, chosen ahead of Brad
Friedel, denied Kozak twice in the first half and was a steady and
assuring presence throughout.

Tottenham rarely threatened – although Gareth Bale's early strike should not have been ruled out for offside.

But Panathinaikos' victory over
Maribor means Tottenham only have to draw their final game at home to
the Greeks next month to qualify.

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Message: Lazio fans hold a banner reading 'Free Palestine' at the Stadio Olimpico

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Not his day: Lazio's Libor Kozak holds his head in his hands after missing yet another chance

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Denied: Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (left) rushes out to save at Kozak's feet

Gascoigne's emotional lap of honour
had whipped up the feelings of both sets of fans, and the game started
off with a bang for the away side.

Spurs should have been 1-0 up after
just four minutes when Bale latched on to Tom Carroll's through-ball and
rounded Federico Marchetti, but the linesman incorrectly ruled the goal
offside.

Tottenham continued to dominate and
went close when Bale picked out Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Stefan Radu
intervened to prevent the forward from scoring.

The home crowd inside the half-empty
Stadio Olimpico were surprisingly quiet in the opening quarter, but they
were brought to the edge of their seats in the 18th minute.

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Heads up: Michael Ciani (centre) and Ederson jump for the ball with Jan Vertonghen (left) and Bale

Lloris, who was partly responsible for
a howler against Maribor two weeks ago, mis-judged Cristian Ledesma's
30-yard shot, which he palmed on to the bar. The former Lyon man quickly
made amends by getting to his feet and forcing Alvaro Gonzalez wide
with the follow-up.

Other than a dipping shot from Bale,
Spurs were struggling to get in to the game and they had Lloris to thank
for stopping them from going behind again moments later.

Kyle Walker's slip allowed Kozak to break through, but Lloris saved the striker's shot with his out-stretched leg.

Kozak missed a sitter on the half hour, nodding wide a Stefano Mauri cross from eight yards after losing his marker.

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Clean sheet: Spurs keeper Lloris (centre) sees another home effort on goal miss its target

Lazio split the Spurs defence again
just before half-time to send Kozak through, but Lloris came to the
rescue again, storming off his line to clear.

Both sets of supporters sang
Gascoigne's name at half-time, but the football both sides produced
after the break was nowhere near the great man's standards.

Spurs were sloppy in possession and had Kozak to thank for his awful finishing.

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

No way past: Lazio's Cristian Ledesma (third left) hits his free-kick into the Spurs defensive wall

The 23-year-old latched on to a through-ball but he dragged his shot wide, much to the annoyance of the home fans.

It only took five more minutes for the
striker to miss his next chance. This time the Czech straight at Lloris
after being played in by a deft touch from Amauri.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas brought Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon off the bench to give them the cutting edge they lacked.

Ledesma bent a free-kick over the wall and just wide of Lloris' goal as Lazio continued to threaten.

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

What a player: Gascoigne (right) and Lazio president Claudio Lotito greet the fans before the match

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Hero's welcome: Lazio fans wave a flag featuring former star Paul Gascoigne at the Stadio Olimpico

Villas-Boas then brought on Mousa Dembele for his first match in over a month as Tottenham looked to hold on for the point.

Lloris clattered in to a post as he
challenged for a cross with Mauri and then cleared off the line with six
minutes to go from Michael Ciani's header.

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 1 – match report: Scott McDonald stuns Black Cats

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 1: McDonald stuns Black Cats and grabs Teeside glory

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Martin O'Neill's halo is in danger of slipping after his side crashed out of the Capital One Cup in an embarrassing defeat to near-neighbours Middlesbrough.

The Championship side were thoroughly good value for their victory and a place in the quarter-finals, less than a year after they nearly pulled off an FA Cup triumph at the Stadium of Light.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald, who once denied O'Neill the Scottish title as a Motherwell player, scored the dramatic winner in the first half as the visitors totally outplayed their shot-shy hosts.

More to follow.

Aussie rules: Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald (centre) celebrates scoring with Emmanuel Ledesma (left)

Aussie rules: Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald (centre) celebrates scoring with Emmanuel Ledesma (left)

Back of the net: McDonald (centre, part obscured) flicks Middlesbrough into the lead at the Stadium of Light

Back of the net: McDonald (centre, part obscured) flicks Middlesbrough into the lead at the Stadium of Light

Close contest: McDonald (left) and Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon battle for the ball

Close contest: McDonald (left) and Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon battle for the ball

Committed: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter (right) tries to stop Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Committed: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter (right) tries to stop Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Match facts

Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson (Campbell 82), Cattermole, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha (McClean 69).

Subs not used: Mignolet, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Meyler.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines (Parnaby 65), Bikey, Friend, Ledesma (Reach 79), Leadbitter, Bailey, Haroun, Miller, McDonald.

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Halliday, Park, Smallwood.

Goal: McDonald 39

Booked: McDonald

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 32,535

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Pressure mounting: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill endured a difficult night for his side

Pressure mounting: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill endured a difficult night for his side

Tricky: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, (right) attempts to get past Middlesbrough's Nicky Bailey

Tricky: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, (right) attempts to get past Middlesbrough's Nicky Bailey

Watford 1 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

Watford 1 Boro 1: Sub McDonald punishes Hornets after Vydra sees red

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UPDATED:

16:41 GMT, 6 October 2012

Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner as Middlesbrough defeated 10-man Watford in the npower Championship clash at Vicarage Road.

The Australian, who held clear-the-air talks with manager Tony Mowbray earlier this week after not figuring all season in the senior set-up, struck with 13 minutes remaining to give Boro their first triumph in three matches.

The Hornets made a fantastic start as Troy Deeney notched his second goal in three matches in the first minute after a horrendous defensive error from Andre Bikey.

Aussie rules: Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner for Boro

Aussie rules: Scott McDonald came off the bench to score the winner for Boro

MATCH FACTS

Watford: Almunia, Pudil, Neuton (Murray 81), Hall, Cassetti, Hogg, Abdi (Yeates 68), Hoban, Chalobah, Deeney (Geijo 57), Vydra. Subs Not Used: Bond, Doyley, Smith, Ekstrand.

Sent Off: Vydra (43).

Goals: Deeney 1.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (McDonald 39), Bikey, McManus, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, McEachran, Haroun (Ledesma 65), Emnes, Jutkiewicz (Luke Williams 76). Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hines, Halliday, Smallwood.

Booked: McEachran, Ledesma.

Goals: Emnes 30,McDonald 77.

Attendance: 12,006

Referee: Steven Rushton (Staffordshire)

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Matej Vydra – returning in place of
the suspended Fernando Forestieri – had a shot blocked and then hit the
bar, but Watford failed to make their dominance count as fit-again
Marvin Emnes levelled after 30 minutes with his third goal of the
campaign.

Two minutes before half-time,
Gianfranco Zola saw his side controversially reduced to 10 men for the
second successive match as Vydra was surprisingly given his marching
orders by referee Steven Rushton for an apparent stamp on Nicky Bailey.

And Boro made their numerical
advantage count deep into the second half when McDonald, a 39th-minute
substitute for the injured Justin Hoyte, converted from 12 yards to end
Watford's two-match winning streak.

The hosts wasted little time in
breaking the deadlock as Vydra, who has four goals to his name this
season, intercepted a short backpass from Bikey and after his shot was
parried out by Jason Steele, Deeney converted from close range.

Vydra was proving to be handful in the opening exchanges as Bikey had to block the striker's effort from 20 yards.

Daniel Pudil tested Steele from 20
yards before Vydra lashed a shot from a tight angle which clipped the
crossbar as the Hornets continued to dominate.

However, Watford failed to build on their impressive start as Boro equalised thanks to the returning Emnes.

Manuel Almunia tipped George Friend's
effort round the post and, from Grant Leadbitter's resulting corner,
Emnes turned and found the net from six yards.

With their next attack, Josh
McEachran brought the best out of former Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia, who
superbly kept out the on-loan Chelsea midfielder's 25-yard shot.

The Hornets were rocked after 43
minutes as the lively Vydra was shown a red card for a clash with
Bailey, which looked to have no malice in it.

The home side came out after the
break fired up and Steele had to push away a 25-yard free-kick from
Almen Abdi, who then delivered a ball into the box and Deeney headed
over from close range.

Bikey almost headed Boro ahead, only
to miss the target from six yards, while Almunia had to be at his best
to deny Leadbitter from 25 yards.

Boro finally went in front after 77 minutes when McDonald struck from 12 yards and the visitors held on for the three points.

Preston 1 Middlesbrough 3

Preston 1 Middlesbrough 3: Mowbray's men cruise through at Deepdale

By
Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:17 GMT, 25 September 2012

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 25 September 2012

Goals from Emmanuel Ledesma, Merouane Zemmama and Richard Smallwood put Middlesbrough through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup as they made easy work of Preston at Deepdale.

North End took Championship scalps from Huddersfield and Crystal Palace to reach this stage of the competition, but the challenge of an impressive Middlesbrough proved too much as a trio of defensive errors put them out at the third round for the fourth year running.

Easy does it: Middlesbrough celebrate as they cruise through against Preston

Easy does it: Middlesbrough celebrate as they cruise through against Preston

Match facts

Preston: Simonsen, Mousinho (Procter 86), Huntington,
Cansdell-Sherriff, Laird, Monakana (Hayhurst 79), Wroe, King (Cummins 79), Amoo, Beavon, Byrom.

Subs Not Used: Stuckmann, Buchanan, Welsh, Wright.

Goal: King 40.

Middlesbrough: Leutwiler, Parnaby, Hines, McManus, Halliday, Bailey, Smallwood, Arca (Thomson 86), Zemmama (Emnes 62), Luke Williams, Ledesma (Haroun 63).

Subs Not Used: Ripley, Bikey, Jutkiewicz, Park.

Goals: Ledesma 13,Zemmama 18, Smallwood 61

Both Ledesma and Andrew Halliday claimed to have scored Boro's 13th-minute opener, with the Argentinian's inswinging corner striking the far post and rolling over the line with Halliday making sure by bundling in.

Five minutes later, Preston allowed Zemmama far too much time to shoot into the bottom corner from 25 yards five minutes later, but the hosts pulled one back through Jack King's smart finish on 40 minutes.

Smallwood capped a comfortable win for Boro on 61 minutes, pouncing on the loose ball after Preston defender Paul Huntington headed Zemmama's cross back to Steve Simonsen, too powerfully for the keeper to hold, as the visitors eased to victory.

Boro continued their fine form after last week's win over Blackburn Rovers in the Championship.

Tottenham 0 Lazio 0: Spurs disallowed three goals

Tottenham 0 Lazio 0: AVB fumes after THREE disallowed strikes deny Spurs win

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 20 September 2012

Tottenham scored three times against Lazio but ended up taking a point home from their Europa League clash which ended a goalless draw.

Clint Dempsey had a header ruled out for offside in a debatable decision before Jermain Defoe's strike was correctly disallowed because Gareth Bale was offside.

Then Steven Caulker had a header scratched from the records after supposedly committing a foul before converting, leaving Andre Villas-Boas raging on the sidelines.

More to follow.

No cigar: Clint Dempsey's goal was ruled out

No cigar: Clint Dempsey's goal was ruled out

Match facts

Tottenham: Lloris; Walker, Caulker, Vertonghen, Naughton; Dembele (Mason 90), Sandro; Lennon (Townsend 81), Dempsey (Sigurdsson 76), Bale; Defoe.

Subs not used: Cudicini, Gallas, Dawson, Huddlestone

Lazio: Marchetti, Lulic, Dias, Biava, Cavanda, Ledesma, Onazi (Zarate 80), Gonzalez, Hernanes, Mauri (Ederson 90), Klose.

Subs not used: Bizzarri, Ciani, Scaloni, Kozak, Floccari.

Booked: Dias, Biava, Gonzales

Come on: Andre Villas-Boas urges Spurs forwards

Come on: Andre Villas-Boas urges Spurs forwards

Tussle: Jan Vertonghen (left) battles Stefano Mauri battle for the ball

Tussle: Jan Vertonghen (left) battles Stefano Mauri battle for the ball

Watching on: Michel Platini smirking in the stands

Watching on: Michel Platini smirking in the stands

AVB

Hugo Lloris

Go on then: Villas-Boas gave Hugo Lloris his first start for Tottenham

Splash: Gareth Bale freshens up

Splash: Gareth Bale freshens up

Scramble: The impressive Aaron Lennon can't find the net

Scramble: The impressive Aaron Lennon can't find the net