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Birmingham Crystal Palace match report:

Birmingham 2 Crystal Palace 2: Diop pegs back Murray-powered Eagles

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

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17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

Battling Birmingham fought back from two goals down to share the points with npower Championship promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace.

It looked like it was game over when Palace goal machine Glenn Murray made it 20 goals for the season as he completed his double to make it 2-0 on the hour mark.

But substitute Nikola Vidic and Papa Bouba Diop levelled things up to ensure Lee Clark's men claimed a share of the spoils.

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Hancox 58), Caldwell, Davies, Robinson, Burke (Zigic 65), Reilly, Diop, Elliott (Hall 56), King, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Redmond.

Booked: Burke, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Zigic 66, Diop 82.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Murray (Wilbraham 82), Moritz (Gabbidon 77).

Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Parr.

Goals: Murray 39,60.

Att: 17,158

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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It was the hosts who showed first
intent, Chris Burke's 18-yard effort bringing Palace keeper Julian
Speroni into action after eight minutes.

Paul Robinson then tried his luck but his effort cleared the bar as the Blues dictated things at the start.

Clark's men had made all the early running but their enthusiastic
approach cost them after 29 minutes when Chris Burke was booked for
bringing down Andre Moritz.

Burke then tried to break the deadlock with a speculative shot from
distance which sailed wide of the target as the hosts continued to
dominate proceedings.

Speroni was in the action again nine minutes before the break when he
saved from Peter Lovenkrands' 12-yard effort, and the keeper was
relieved to see a header from Curtis Davies go wide following a Wade
Elliott corner.

There had been little seen of Palace's swashbuckling style in the first
half but credit had to be given to the Blues' approach that had denied
Holloway's men any space at all.

But having weathered the storm for most of the first half, it was Palace
who took the lead just six minutes before the break when Yannick
Bolasie's break from the right gave Murray an easy tap-in.

It was typical smash-and-grab stuff and Holloway will have been
delighted with the scoreline – if not his side's below-par performance –
at the break.

City picked up where they had left off after the interval, with Burke
again testing Speroni from distance as Clark's men kept up their
considerable efforts.

At the other end, Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi went close following an Owen Garvan corner.

Elliott was replaced by Robert Hall within 10 minutes of the restart as
Clark signalled a change – and hopefully a change of luck – in front of
goal.

But it wasn't to be as Murray grabbed his second of the afternoon for
Palace on the hour, stabbing home from close range after good work from
Jonathan Parr.

Zigic replaced Burke with 25 minutes to go and within a minute the
striker had grabbed a goal back for the hosts, heading home King's
cross.

And it was 2-2 with eight minutes left when Diop headed home Hall's cross.

MK Dons 1 AFC Wimbledon 1: match report

MK Dons 2 AFC Wimbledon 1: Ecstasy to agony for travelling fans as cheeky late winner ends dream grudge match victory

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15:17 GMT, 2 December 2012

Jon Otsemobor scored a last-gasp winner to send MK Dons into the FA Cup third round at the expense of bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon.

Jack Midson's diving header had looked set to earn Wimbledon a replay after cancelling out Stephen Gleeson's stunning opener, but Otsemobor flicked home in the last minute to break the visitors' hearts.

The match was the first between the two clubs since 1988 FA Cup winners Wimbledon FC were uprooted from south west London in 2003 and moved over 50 miles north of the capital to the Buckinghamshire town, before being renamed MK Dons the following year.

Stranded: Jon Otsemobor flicked home the winner for MK Dons in the dying minutes

Stranded: Jon Otsemobor flicked home the winner for MK Dons in the dying minutes

Match facts

Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Otsemobor, Kay, Williams, Lewington, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, Chadwick, Balanta (Ismail 66), Lowe (Smith 80).

Subs not used: McLoughlin, Doumbe, MacDonald, Chicksen, Sekajja.

Goal: Midson 59, Otsemobor 90

AFC Wimbledon: Sullivan, Osano, Fenlon, Antwi, Mambo, Luke Moore (Johnson 81), Gregory, Long, Ajala, Harrison (Strutton 71), Midson.

Subs not used: Jaimez-Ruiz, Balkestein, Mitchel-King, McNaughton, Djilali.

Booked: Midson, L Moore, Ajala.

Goal: Gleeson 45.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

Angry Wimbledon FC fans subsequently formed AFC Wimbledon from scratch in the Combined Counties League before enjoying a rapid rise up the football pyramid, and are now just one division below npower League One promotion challengers MK Dons.

The bad blood between the clubs was in evidence throughout, with both sets of fans goading the other, but in the main the match passed off without incident, save for a brief pitch invasion following Wimbledon's equaliser.

The hosts controlled the first half but they struggled to create clear chances in the face of a disciplined Wimbledon rearguard action.

Angelo Balanta came close when he curled the ball just wide of the post after a neat turn on the edge of the box before Gleeson broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, blasting a 30-yard shot into the top-right corner.

MK Dons burst out of the blocks after the break and skipper Dean Lewington had a 25-yard free-kick pushed over the crossbar by Neil Sullivan before Balanta and Dean Bowditch both lashed strikes into the side-netting.

Mobbed: MK Dons celebrate their last-gasp winner which dumped AFC Wimbledon out of the FA Cup

Mobbed: MK Dons celebrate their last-gasp winner which dumped AFC Wimbledon out of the FA Cup


In front: Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring for MK Dons with a stunning strike

In front: Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring for MK Dons with a stunning strike

Happy days: Gleeson celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the first goal

Happy days: Gleeson celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the first goal

But Midson made the most of a rare
Wimbledon counter-attack to equalise after 59 minutes, glancing a fine
diving header past David Martin from Toby Ajaya's cross.

A number of Wimbledon fans spilled onto the pitch following the goal, but stewards quickly restored order.

In a frantic finale, Ryan Lowe had a
goal ruled out for offside for Milton Keynes and Wimbledon skipper
Steven Gregory was denied by Martin before Otsemobor hung out a leg to
backheel substitute Zeli Ismail's mis-hit shot over Sullivan to spark
wild scenes of celebration for the hosts.

Level pegging: Jack Midson equalised for AFC Wimbledon (above) before celebrating with team-mates and fans

Level pegging: Jack Midson equalised for AFC Wimbledon (above) before celebrating with team-mates and fans

Players and fans celebrate as Jack Midson of AFC Wimbledon scores their first goal

Players and fans celebrate as Jack Midson of AFC Wimbledon scores their first goal

Crunch: Ryan Lowe of MK Dons is tackled by AFC Wimbledon's Luke Moore

Crunch: Ryan Lowe of MK Dons is tackled by AFC Wimbledon's Luke Moore

On the run: AFC Wimbledon's Stacy Long (right) sets up another attack for the visitors

On the run: AFC Wimbledon's Stacy Long (right) sets up another attack for the visitors

Battle: Luke Chadwick (right) and Steve Gregory fight for possession at stadium:mk

Battle: Luke Chadwick (right) and Steve Gregory fight for possession at stadium:mk

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.

Blackburn 2 Barnsley 1: Match report

Blackburn 2 Barnsley 1: So, will Venky's still axe under pressure Kean

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23:13 GMT, 18 September 2012

So, what happens next Blackburn are still unbeaten and still top of the Championship. But if manager Steve Kean fails to beat Middlesbrough on Friday night, he will fall short of the points target set for him by Indian owners Venky’s.

Surely, even by the bizarre goings-on in east Lancashire over the last couple of years, they wouldn’t contemplate sacking him then Not when he has got so close to that ambitious demand of 16 points from his first seven games.

Not after backing Kean by bringing in the likes of 8million record signing Jordan Rhodes, who took his tally to three goals in two games last night, and Portuguese veteran Nuno Gomes, who scored for the fourth game in a row to snatch an 85th-minute winner.

On target: Gomes came off the bench to score the winning goal

On target: Gomes came off the bench to score the winning goal

A crowd of 12,772 was a reminder that all is still not well. And when Kean was admonished on the touchline 10 minutes from time by referee Scott Mathieson for complaining that Barnsley had encroached on Danny

Murphy’s free-kick, his own supporters urged the official to send him off. But even the manager’s harshest critics struggled to put much conviction into the sporadic chants of ‘Kean out’.

Rhodes was particularly impressive in front of watching Scotland boss Craig Levein, equalising in first-half added time after former Chelsea youth product Jacob Mellis had capitalised on neat work by Martin Cranie and Chris Dagnall to fire Barnsley into a 31st-minute lead.

Rhodes to success: The 8m signing scored his third goal in as many appearances

Rhodes to success: The 8m signing scored his third goal in as many appearances

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson, Formica (Lowe 90), Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersen (Nunes 80),
Rochina (Nuno Gomes 66), Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Henrique, Dunn, Ribeiro.

Booked: Etuhu.

Goals: Rhodes 45, Nuno Gomes 85.

Barnsley: Alnwick, Stones (Perkins 73), Wiseman, Foster, Golbourne, Cywka, Dawson, Cranie, Mellis, Dagnall (Etuhu 70), Davies (Harewood 65).
Subs Not Used: Steele, Done, Digby, Noble-Lazarus.

Booked: Mellis.

Goals: Mellis 32.

Attendance: 12,772

Referee: Scott Mathieson

Scott Dann swung a free-kick wide on
the right towards the edge of the box, Morten Gamst Pedersen headed back
across goal and Rhodes took the ball on his chest before turning to
hook it past two defenders and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick.

For despondent Barnsley boss Keith
Hill it underlined the unfair advantage handed to Blackburn by their
48m parachute payments from the Premier League.

He said: ‘We’ve taken on the kings of Savile Row and, to a certain degree, played the better football but we can’t compete. It’s a travesty. How can you be rewarded for getting relegated

‘They’re trying to create a Premier League II and organise who gets promoted back from the Championship. If they’re going to give money away, share it equally among the Championship clubs.’

In fact, the game was won by Gomes, signed on a free this summer, after he came on as a 66th-minute substitute. There were just five minutes left when fellow Portuguese Fabio Nunes crossed from the left towards the near post and the 36-year-old tucked the ball in from close range.

‘I thought we were dreadful in the first half,’ said Kean. ‘But you look for special players to get you back in the game and that’s what they’ve done.’

Bristol City 3 Coventry 1: Jon Stead strikes back to boost Robins

Bristol City 3 Coventry 1: Stead strikes back to boost Robins in relegation showdown

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16:26 GMT, 9 April 2012

Jon Stead scored for both teams as Bristol City moved four points clear of Coventry with victory in a crunch clash at the bottom of the npower Championship.

Home striker Stead netted a first-half own goal before wiping out the deficit early in the second period, and Yannick Bolasie, fresh from the bench, fired home the winner in the 82nd minute.

It gave the Robins, who had Brett Pitman sent off late on before adding a third goal through Chris Wood, breathing space with four games to play.

Bouncing back: Jon Stead celebrates scoring Bristol City's equaliser

Bouncing back: Jon Stead celebrates scoring Bristol City's equaliser

Match facts

Bristol City: Gerken, Foster, Amougou, Fontaine, McGivern, Adomah (Bolasie 82), Skuse, Kilkenny, Pearson (Ephraim 78),
Stead (Wood 66), Pitman.
Subs Not Used: James,Cisse.
Sent Off: Pitman (87).
Booked: Adomah,Foster.
Goals: Stead 47,Bolasie 82,Wood 90.

Coventry: Murphy, Clarke, Keogh, Cranie, Hussey (Christie 67),
Deegan (Bigirimana 86), Clingan, Norwood, McSheffrey, McDonald (Nimely 78), Platt.
Subs Not Used: Dunn,Willis.
Goals: Stead 33 og.
Att: 19,003
Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

But for Coventry, who saw their seven-match unbeaten run come to an end, it could prove a critical blow to their survival hopes. They are the closest of the teams in the bottom three to safety, however Bristol City now look increasingly safe in 21st place.

Pitman and Stead gave Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy some early work to do with a couple of long-range efforts which found the target.

Ryan McGivern's 13th-minute header provided a sterner test for the goalkeeper but he did well to deny the defender after he made good contact with Albert Adomah's pinpoint free-kick delivery.

The visitors' first opportunity to apply some pressure of their own saw Gary McSheffrey whip in a corner which Dean Gerken punched clear with Cody McDonald and Clive Platt lurking.

Neil Kilkenny's superb half-volley from almost 30 yards flashed just wide as the hosts went close again.

A Robins player did get his name on the score-sheet with 33 minutes gone but Stead was credited with an own goal as he inadvertently flicked Sammy Clingan's free-kick beyond Gerken.

The home side responded well to the setback and after Cole Skuse's ambitious effort was well blocked by Richard Keogh, Kilkenny drilled another effort narrowly wide.

Despite heading into the interval behind, there were plenty of signs that Derek McInnes' men were still in the contest and within two minutes of the restart they were rewarded for their efforts.

Pitman swung in a corner, Skuse helped it on its way and Stead was there to bundle home from close range and make amends for his own goal.
With both sets of fans appreciating the huge importance of the clash there was an electric atmosphere inside Ashton Gate as the two sides went in search of a crucial three points.

The hosts were next to threaten and Richard Foster's cross was headed on target by Stead but Murphy showed quick reflexes to tip it over the bar.
After a flurry of corners Andre Amougou nodded home but referee Scott Mathieson spotted a foul by Stead on Murphy and the celebrations were cut short.

That was the lively Stead's last involvement after an eventful 66 minutes on the pitch as West Brom loanee Wood was introduced from the bench.
Bolasie came on with eight minutes to play, making an immediate and telling contribution as he turned in the box before steering a shot home from 12 yards.

Hopes of a comfortable finish appeared to have been dashed when Pitman was dismissed for a foul on Jordan Clarke but Wood's injury-time goal put the seal on a hugely important victory.

Leicester 0 Nottingham Forest 0: Snore draw

Leicester 0 Nottingham Forest 0: Snore draw all but ends Foxes promotion hopes

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21:30 GMT, 27 March 2012

The east midlands honours were even at the King Power Stadium in a goalless stalemate which does more for Nottingham Forest's npower Championship survival hopes than it does for Leicester's fading play-off aspirations.

Leicester, who would have moved within two points of the top six with victory, dominated the first half without making a breakthrough as Forest goalkeeper Lee Camp denied Sol Bamba and Ben Marshall.

Chances were few and far between in the second half. The closest either side came to a goal was when Adlene Guedioura's header clipped the top of the Leicester crossbar with 15 minutes remaining.

Scrappy: The east Midlands derby failed to match the hype

Scrappy: The east Midlands derby failed to match the hype

MATCH FACTS

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier, Bamba, St Ledger, Konchesky, Dyer (Howard 78), Drinkwater, Marshall, Morgan, Beckford, Nugent (Schlupp 64). Subs Not Used: King, Kennedy, Moore.

Booked: Drinkwater.

Nottm Forest: Camp, Wootton, Cunningham, Chambers, Reid (Higginbotham 90), Gunter, Moussi, Guedioura, Majewski (Tudgay 68), Blackstock, Lynch. Subs Not Used: Smith, Miller, McGugan.

Booked: Wootton.

Attendance: 23,412

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

The draw gives Forest a five-point cushion above the relegation zone.

Both sides made one enforced change from the weekend. Centre-half Bamba capably filled the spot in the Leicester midfield vacated by the suspended Neil Danns while Forest lost in-form winger Garath McCleary to a hamstring injury, meaning Chris Gunter played on the right and Scott Wootton came into the defence.

The first real chance came Forest's way after 11 minutes. Gunter's cross was just too high for Dexter Blackstock but a half clearance fell to Guedioura, who skipped past one man before his low shot from the left-hand side was saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

Soon afterwards Bamba worked Camp at the other end with a 20-yard volley, the technique befitting of a centre-forward rather than a centre-half.

Forest full-back Greg Cunningham saw a goalbound shot from the left side of the box hacked away from on the six-yard line when Schmeichel was beaten.

Marshall scored his first league goal for Leicester against Hull on Saturday and the winger would have had his second midway through the first half had Camp not got fingertips to his 25-yard shot.

Scramble: Kasper Schmeichel

Scramble: Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester produced the move of the match in the 34th minute. Bamba got the home fans on their feet, winning successive 50-50 challenges against Blackstock and Guy Moussi in the centre of midfield before marauding goalwards.

The Ivory Coast international played the ball out to the left to Jermaine Beckford who put Lloyd Dyer through but his low shot whistled narrowly wide.

Gunter and Radoslaw Majewski threatened for Forest either side of half-time but neither really troubled Schmeichel.

Both sides struggled to create openings after the break.

Guedioura came closest to a goal after 75 minutes when his glancing header from Andy Reid's inswinging free-kick skimmed the bar.

Forest captain Luke Chambers looped a header on to the roof of the net from another Reid cross soon afterwards in the only other chance of note in the second half.

West Ham 1 Middlesbrough 1: Sam Allardyce bemoans draws

Allardyce fears Hammers' home form could wreck promotion chances

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23:36 GMT, 20 March 2012

Sam Allardyce admits too many home draws could cost West Ham automatic promotion after Bart Ogbeche's fine late strike ensured a fifth consecutive failure to collect three points at Upton Park.

After a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough, West Ham are now unbeaten in nine matches, but their last four at home have ended in draws, leaving the Hammers outside of the top two in the npower Championship.

Allardyce's luck appeared to have changed when Abdoulaye Faye's 67th-minute header looped up off Boro defender Joe Bennett's head and into the far post but Ogbeche's fine strike six minutes from time denied the Hammers victory.

Leveller: Middlesbrough's Bart Ogbeche (left) celebrates his goal

Leveller: Middlesbrough's Bart Ogbeche (left) celebrates his goal

The final whistle was greeted by a chorus of boos, leaving Allardyce to bemoan his side's failure to find the net.

He said: 'Eventually these draws will cost us. We were very, very patient tonight and got into the lead which was not easy because of the way the opposition sets up against us.

'It's frustrating because this is the best unbeaten run we've been on this season but we're not getting the points that we need from these matches.

'We didn't have that little bit of quality or the ability to just add the killer instinct and then we go and concede one of the best goals this season, it was a real moment of quality.

'It is five draws at home but then one of those was against Southampton when we had 10 men for most of the game.

Trouble: Sam Allardyce is concerned at his side's slump in form

Trouble: Sam Allardyce is concerned at his side's slump in form

'The turning point for me is the save that their goalkeeper made from James Tomkins when we were 1-0 up. If we had got it to 2-0 I think that would have been game over.'

Neither of those incidents were adjudged to be penalties however. Referee Scott Mathieson decided Matthew Bates blocked Tomkins' first-half header with his shoulder while Jason Steele was not punished after Matt Taylor just chipped wide in the second half.

Thanks to Reading's shock defeat at Peterborough it leaves West Ham just two points adrift of the Royals in third place while Boro are now up to fifth place.

'It's a bit crazy that it's all doom and gloom and here we are, both clubs in the top six,' said Boro boss Tony Mowbray.

Opener: Abdoulaye Faye's goal had put West Ham in front at Upton Park

Opener: Abdoulaye Faye's goal had put West Ham in front at Upton Park

'I was pleased with the way that we came here and set up to frustrate West Ham because of the run they've been on we thought we could play on their anxiety a bit.

'We're in the top six and with a bit of luck and a few players back hopefully we will stay there in the last nine games of the season and get into the play-offs.

'I'm pleased for Bart – he does that kind of thing every day in training but he's been coming into my office this week and asking me for more game time.

'Had he not done that would he have got his chance today It's very hard to say but I'm pleased that he did.'