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Middlesbrough 1 Blackburn 0 match report

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


17:37 GMT, 26 December 2012



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.

Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: match report

Swansea 1 Middlesbrough 0: Hines' late own goal agony ends Boro resistance



23:38 GMT, 12 December 2012

Swansea City are through to the Capital One Cup semi-final after a late Seb Hines own goal cruelly ended Middlesbrough’s long journey to Wembley.

This was Boro’s 12th straight away fixture in the League Cup — an array of trips amounting to roughly 4,000 miles over the years — and they had their chances to win it.

But then, after 81 minutes, fortune conspired against Hines. He had just saved Boro with a last-ditch tackle on Michu, but from the resulting Jonathan De Guzman corner he headed into his own net under pressure from Garry Monk.

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Winner: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (left) scores an own goal to send Swansea through

Match facts

Swansea: Tremmel, Tiendalli, Chico, Monk, Davies, Dyer, Britton, de Guzman, Shechter (Moore 55), Routledge (Ki 65), Michu.

Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Graham, Rangel, Agustien.

Goal: Hines 81 og.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Bikey (Halliday 64), Hines, Friend, Haroun (Smallwood 65), Leadbitter (Miller 82), Bailey, Ledesma, Jutkiewicz, McDonald.

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

Booked: Leadbitter, Bailey.

Att: 15,048

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

The result puts Swansea into their first major semi-final since the 1964 FA Cup, but those are the kind of thoughts Michael Laudrup will be trying his hardest to suppress. The Swansea manager said: ‘I told them at half time, “I know you all want that final, but we are too tense. All of you want to do so well, it is hurting you. Do it like you are used to doing it”.’

That Middlesbrough looked good was no great surprise. They are third in the Championship and fielded close to a full strength side, Tony Mowbray making five changes to the team that beat Peterborough 3-2 on Saturday.

Swansea, meanwhile, had something of a point to prove. Their 4-3 loss to Norwich on Saturday was their first in seven games and ‘intensity’ has been the buzzword at the Liberty Stadium ever since.

They were so far off their usual pace in falling 3-0 behind at the weekend that Laudrup used his programme notes to spell out his thoughts on players who ‘start to believe’ their hype. His feeling was that too many operated at ‘90 per cent’ and his remedy last night was to recall Leon Britton, who missed the Norwich game with a knee injury.

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Gutted: Middlesbrough players are dejected after conceding a goal but Michu celebrates (below)

Swansea City's Michu celebrates

Swansea’s mini-marvel is vital to the team’s tempo and everything that goes with it. Michu gets the goals and credit, but Britton is the most essential cog in a passing machine that has shocked the Premier League for 16 months. He was close to his best at times in the first half, hassling and harrying, springing attacks and deciding when to slow the game down. When Swansea had their first clear chance after 34 minutes, Britton was at the heart of it.

He exchanged passes with Wayne Routledge, and then Michu, before drilling one out wide to Ben Davies. Davies whipped over a cross which Itay Shechter headed into the path of Nathan Dyer, but the winger, clean through, failed to react quickly enough and the ball clattered off his knees and into the hands of Jason Steele.

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Collision: Swansea City's Luke Moore is tackled by Middlesbrough's Andre Bikey

Middlesbrough had chances of their own during an impressive start. George Friend was the architect of their first, out-muscling De Guzman in the Swansea area after 20 minutes and rolling a pass back into the path of Grant Leadbitter, whose shot to the bottom left corner was blocked by Gerhard Tremmel.

Lukas Jutkiewicz then carved out another opportunity, bursting through the middle and playing in Leadbitter. He had space to delve further into Swansea’s area but pulled the trigger early and shot straight at Tremmel.

‘It was frustrating,’ said Mowbray. ‘On the balance, it was tight, fine margins win and lose. We could easily have won 1-0 rather than lost 1-0.

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Heads: Michu (left) challenges for the ball as Swansea battle to victory over Middlesbrough

Boro started the second half well, Justin Hoyte and Leadbitter coming close, but Swansea’s increased fluency told. Laudrup brought Ki Sung-Yeung on for Routledge after 64 minutes and his impact was almost immediate, the Korean bursting down the left and playing a pass square to De Guzman. The Dutchman’s low shot was comfortably handled by Steele.

De Guzman then hit the bar in the 73rd minute with a 25-yard free-kick, before Ki created a good chance for Michu with a through-ball from midfield. Hines put in a superb block but had to suffer the unfortunate consequences.

‘It’s fantastic to reach the semi-finals,’ Laudrup added. ‘I asked all my players who had played in a cup final and no one had. At the end there was a lot of relief and I think everyone can be proud. Now we want the next step and want to go to the final. Whoever we play it will be very special.’

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Tough luck: Middlesbrough are left to rue missing out on a place in the last four

Middlesbrough fans travel free to Swansea as Capital One pick up the bill

No more fares! Sponsors pay for Boro fans' Capital One Cup trip to Swansea as Mowbray's men hit the road for 12th straight tie

Adam Crafton


15:44 GMT, 10 December 2012



15:45 GMT, 10 December 2012

Middlesbrough supporters travelling to Swansea for Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup clash will have their journey paid for by the competition sponsors – as a reward for being drawn away from home an incredible 12 consecutive times.

Boro sit third in the Championship under manager Tony Mowbray and their fans have snapped up seats to climb on board the official supporters’ coaches for the 656-mile round trip to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

The remarkable run has taken Boro fans all over the country they will have accumulated over 4,000 miles to support their side in the League Cup after the trip to Wales.

Away day: Ishmael Miller (right) scored the winner at Peterborough on Saturday

Away day: Ishmael Miller (right) scored the winner at Peterborough on Saturday

Boro's travels in the League Cup

Sep 23, 2008
Man United 3-1 Middlesbrough – 242 miles

Aug 25, 2009
Nottm Forest 2-1 Middlesbrough – 262 miles

Aug 10, 2010
Chesterfield 1-2 Middlesbrough – 218 miles

Aug 24, 2010
Millwall 2-1 Middlesbrough – 514 miles

Aug 9, 2011
Walsall 0-3 Middlesbrough – 348 miles

Aug 24, 2011
Peterborough 0-2 Middlesbrough – 394 miles

Sep 20, 2011
Crystal Palace 2-1 Middlesbrough – 528 miles

Aug 11, 2012
Bury 1-2 Middlesbrough – 224 miles

Aug 28, 2012
Gillingham 0-2 Middlesbrough – 586 miles

Sep 25, 2012
Preston Ed 1-3 Middlesbrough – 242 miles

Oct 30, 201
Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough – 35 miles

Dec 12, 2012
Swansea v Middlesbrough – 656 miles

Total Travel = 4,249 miles

Along the way they visited the likes of Manchester United and Chesterfield since their last home tie in the competition – against Yeovil in August 2008.

‘Boro’s run of away games is unprecedented in the history of the competition, and as the sponsor of the Capital One Cup we wanted to reward their loyal fans for yet another journey on the road,’ said Michael Woodburn, chief marketing officer at Capital One.

Boro defender Jonathan Woodgate praised the sponsors for lifting the financial burden on the fans saying: ‘This is a great gesture from Capital One and I’m sure that our fans will be very grateful.

‘Being drawn away 12 times in a row has been hard for our fans but they’ve never wavered in their support for the team.’

By the time that Boro fans return home from Swansea, they will have travelled a total of 4,249 miles over the past four years.

And they’ll be hoping they can go all the way on the road to Wembley this season…

With Capital One covering the transport, Boro fans have the opportunity to splash out on some of the finer attractions that Swansea has to offer…..

The Gower Peninsula

The Gower’s Peninsula is home to the Oystermouth Castle which sits proudly on the hill in Mumbles, overlooking Swansea Bay.

The castle, which dates back to the 12th century, was the residence of the Marcher Lords of Gower, and often came under siege from sections of the Welsh population.

A 1949 Act declared Gower as ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

The National Showcaves Centre for Wales

Voted as Britain’s Finest Natural Wonder, this centre boasts three caves – Dan-yr-Ogof, Cathedral Cave and Bone Cave.

Visitors have the opportunity to walk through caverns carved out millions of years ago and walk behind 40-feet tall waterfalls in the Dome of St Paul’s.

It would certainly be a place to take the kids, as the centre also maintains the world’s largest collection of life-sized dinosaur models.

And don’t forget the essentials…

For the pre-match drinks, fans are advised to go to Wind Street in the city centre, with bars such as Yates, The Bank Statement and the No Sign Bar particular favourites…

Inside the stadium, Boro fans can purchase…

Pints of Carling (3.20) and Worthington (3.20)

Pies (1.80)

The match-day programme (3)

Travelling to watching Boro away from home (when they win)… Priceless!

Stewart Downing in Middlesbrough loan return link

Boro's race against time in loan bid to rescue old boy Downing from Kop hell



11:57 GMT, 20 November 2012

Middlesbrough are ready to welcome back Liverpool flop Stewart Downing and rescue the England winger from his Anfield nightmare – but have just 72 hours to seal a shock loan deal.

It has been made clear to Downing that he does not figure in Brendan Rodgers' plans with the Liverpool manager keen to sell him.

The news has alerted Boro boss Tony Mowbray who is understood to be keen on bringing the 28-year-old back to the Riverside Stadium to boost the high-flying Championship side's promotion bid.

Exit ahead: Liverpool are keen to raise funds in January and sell Stewart Downing

Exit ahead: Liverpool are keen to raise funds in January and sell Stewart Downing

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But Boro, who sold Downing to Aston Villa for 12million in 2009, are running out of time to agree a deal with the Football League's loan transfer window closing on Thursday.

A short-term move for Downing could suit Liverpool. It would put the 10m-rated player in the shop window until the New Year, when boss Rodgers is keen to raise money for his own rebuilding plans by permanently offloading Downing.

Everton and Sunderland are also interested but would have to wait until January 1, making Middlesbrough the frontrunners to re-sign the midfielder.

Back to Boro: Downing has been linked with a loan return to the Riverside

Back to Boro: Downing has been linked with a loan return to the Riverside

Middlesbrough 3 Sheff Wed 1: Buoyant Boro go top of the Championship

Middlesbrough 3 Sheff Wed 1: Buoyant Boro go top of the Championship



01:30 GMT, 10 November 2012

Middlesbrough went top of the
Championship for the first time in 14 months in front of the Riverside’s
biggest crowd since they were relegated from the Premier League three
seasons ago.

A rare gem from Justin Hoyte, a
tap-in from Ishmael Miller and a thumping header from substitute Lukas
Jutkiewicz secured three points in front of 28,229.

Stunner: Justin Hoyte (L) scores the first goal for Middlesbrough

Stunner: Justin Hoyte (L) scores the first goal for Middlesbrough

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend, Bikey, Woodgate (Hines 46), Hoyte, Emnes (Haroun 73), McEachran, Leadbitter, Ledesma, Miller (Jutkiewicz 66), McDonald. Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Bailey, Parnaby.

Goals: Hoyte 13,Miller 60, Jutkiewicz 76.

Sheff Wed: Kirkland, Buxton, Llera, Gardner, Jones, Bothroyd (Jermaine Johnson 73), Barkley (McCabe 83), Semedo, Corry (O'Grady 82), Antonio, Madine. Subs Not Used: Davies, Taylor, Rodri, Mattock.

Goals: Madine 48.

Att: 28,229

Ref: Carl Boyeson (E Yorkshire).

Although Sheffield Wednesday striker Gary Madine threatened to spoil the party, Boro were not to be denied.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray said: ‘It was great to have such a big crowd. We have had woeful crowds this season. That is what I know the Riverside can be like.

‘We picked a team to score goals. We have to maintain it for another 30-odd games.’

Boro made a nervy start in front of their largest home crowd since May 2009. Hoyte blocked a drive from Miguel Llera, Jonathan Woodgate blocked Michail Antonio’s shot following George Friend’s misplaced pass and Jay Bothroyd mis-hit a drive.

But Hoyte’s first goal in three years — the fourth of his career — into a top corner from Emmanuel Ledesma’s through ball lifted Boro fans who had taken advantage of half-price tickets.

On-loan Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran, 19, produced an outstanding piece of skill when he picked up the ball midway inside the Wednesday half, beat four men and weaved into the area but was denied by Chris Kirkland’s save at his feet.

Woodgate was forced off at half-time with a calf injury and Wednesday took advantage, although Madine was offside before touching Antonio’s lay-off home.

Hand off: Lewis Buxton (left) and Ishmael Miller of Middlesbrough

Hand off: Lewis Buxton (left) and Ishmael Miller of Middlesbrough

Mowbray was planning to bring on Jutkiewicz for McDonald or Miller when they combined for the decisive second.

Aussie striker McDonald rightly felt his strike partner had stolen his glory and was still moaning after the game.

Mowbray said: ‘Scott lives for goals and his opinion was it was going in and Ishmael disagreed. I’m not bothered as long as we score.’

When Jutkiewicz did appear, he took 10 minutes to score his fifth goal in seven games, heading home Grant Leadbitter’s near-post corner.

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1 – match report

Brighton 0 Middlesbrough 1: Dutch of class from Emnes seals Boro win



16:44 GMT, 20 October 2012

A deflected first half strike from Dutchman Marvin Emnes was enough to give Middlesbrough their fourth successive away win – in manager Tony Mowbray's 100th match in charge.

Striker Emnes enjoyed a fair slice of good fortune in notching his fourth goal of the campaign, his 21st-minute effort from the edge of the penalty area taking a wicked deflection to wrong-foot Brighton's Polish international keeper Tomasz Kuszczak.

It proved to be the only goal of the game as Middlesbrough extended their impressive record against the Seagulls to 10 matches in all competitions.

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal

Flying Dutchman: Emnes (centre) celebrates his goal


Brighton: Kuszczak, Saltor, Greer, El-Abd (Dobbie 69), Bridge,
Hammond, Bridcutt, Crofts (Buckley 69), Barnes, David Lopez (LuaLua 82), Mackail-Smith.

Subs Not Used: Ankergren, Dunk, Calderon, Dicker.

Booked: Greer.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Bikey, Woodgate, Friend,
McEachran (Miller 73), Bailey, Leadbitter, Haroun, Emnes (Smallwood 80), McDonald (Reach 85).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Ledesma, Hines.

Booked: McDonald.

Goals: Emnes 21.

Attendance: 26,293

Referee: Andy D'Urso (Essex).

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In contrast Gus Poyet's men have
tumbled from their lofty early-season heights. They topped the
Championship after a five-match winning sequence, but have now taken
just two points from a possible 12.

Yet they will feel they should have
drawn level just after the hour mark. A shot from Moreno David Lopez was
bravely blocked by Jonathan Woodgate, outstanding Boro keeper Jason
Steele then kept out a header from Ashley Barnes, before Craig
Mackail-Smith sent his header from six yards over the top instead of
into the back of the net.

Brighton had also enjoyed most of the
possession in the early stages of the game at the Amex Stadium. That
was mainly down to mistakes in Boro's midfield, with stray passes from
Nicky Bailey and Josh McEachran, but Grant Leadbitter produced a good
tackle inside the penalty area to deny a clear chance for Mackail-Smith.

But Boro looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Dutch attacker Emnes silenced the home crowd by making the breakthrough.

Brighton tried to hit back and in the
28th minute an outswinging corner from the left by Lopez was met by
Dean Hammond but his header from six yards flew over the crossbar.

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Profligate: Brighton have failed to score in their last five league games

Two minutes later striker Craig
Mackail-Smith latched onto a low ball sent in from the left but his 12
yard shot was superbly turned over the top by Steele.

The Seagulls kept pressing and 10
minutes before half-time midfielder Andrew Crofts was presented with a
good opportunity 10 yards out, in a central position, but he sent his
header over the top.

Stuart Parnaby started a league game
for Boro for the first time since 2006, replacing Justin Hoyte who
suffered a pulled hamstring at Watford two weeks ago, and he and his
fellow defenders managed to keep Brighton at bay in the second half.

Poyet sent on attacking substitutes
Stephen Dobbie and Will Buckley – and both players went close to
levelling matters, before Boro keeper Steele pulled off a fine save to
push away an Ashley Barnes effort from 25 yards.

The Seagulls did have other chances,
particularly through Mackail-Smith, but they failed to score for the
fifth Championship match in a row.

Preston 1 Middlesbrough 3

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

Sportsmail Reporter


21:17 GMT, 25 September 2012



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.

Blackpool 4 Middlesbrough 1

Blackpool 4 Middlesbrough 1: On-loan Villa striker Delfouneso at the double on debut

Sportsmail Reporter


21:22 GMT, 18 September 2012



21:43 GMT, 18 September 2012

Brace yourself: Delfouneso scored two goals

Brace yourself: Delfouneso scored two goals

Nathan Delfouneso enjoyed a full debut to remember as Blackpool stormed past Middlesbrough.

The on-loan Aston Villa striker netted twice in the first-half before laying on in-form winger Tom Ince to coolly finish 10 minutes after the interval.

By that point Andre Bikey had headed home to hand Boro a lifeline, but Tony Mowbray's side were second best for long periods as they fell to a third consecutive away loss.

Blackpool substitute Elliot Grandin was brought down by Bikey and rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot, despite Delfouneso being on the pitch to claim a hat-trick denied to him by the linesman's flag moments earlier.


Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Osbourne, Crainey, Ince (Matt Phillips 71), Ferguson, Baptiste, Gomes (Grandin 70),
Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 70), Delfouneso.
Subs Not Used: Halstead, Robertson, Evatt, Kevin Phillips.
Goals: Delfouneso 10, 36, Ince 56, Grandin 86 pen.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Friend, Woodgate, Amougou, Leadbitter,
Thomson, McEachran, Carayol (Zemmama 72), Emnes (Jutkiewicz 59), Miller (Ledesma 77).
Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hines, Arca, Smallwood.
Booked: Leadbitter, Thomson, Amougou.
Goals: Amougou 45.
Att: 12,746
Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Returning to winning ways after a draw and a loss, Blackpool remain second in the table – four points and six places above Boro.

Ian Holloway rang the changes in his well-stocked, fully-fit squad, recalling captain Barry Ferguson as one of six changes.

Mustapha Carayol made a first league start for Middlesbrough, coming in alongside fellow forward Marvin Emnes as Adam Reach and Luke Williams made way.

The home side started on the front foot with Gary Taylor-Fletcher driving speculatively wide before Ince stung the palms of Jason Steele.

It was not long until Delfouneso sprung the Boro defence to collect Taylor-Fletcher's pass and slide beyond the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.

Grant Leadbitter gave Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks his first work of the evening in the 12th minute, but opposite number Steele was far busier as he did well to thwart Taylor-Fletcher and Delfouneso.

Blackpool continued to pepper Steele's goal as recalled duo Stephen Crainey and Thiago Gomes joined the list of players to test him, but in the 34th minute Boro striker Ishmael Miller wastefully thrashed into the side netting when he had time and space to bag a scarcely merited equaliser.

Two minutes later Delfouneso side side-footed in from Ince's to give the scoreline a more deserving slant.

The 21-year-old passed up a glorious chance for a first-half hat-trick, blazing over after Ferguson and Taylor-Fletcher combined, before a flurry of pressure brought Middlesbrough back into the game as the interval approached.

Josh McEachran's corner was met by Bikey and struck the bar via a clip off defensive colleague George Friend.

Blackpool failed to completely clear their lines and, when Leadbitter put the ball back into the box, Bikey made no mistake.

Mowbray's men resumed with similar intent, but the Seasiders restored their two-goal advantage when, played in by Delfouneso, Ince calmly rounded Steele to finish.

Boro enjoyed more of the ball in the second half but, having conceded the third on the counter attack, displayed understandable caution and were rarely able to threaten Gilks.

Delfouneso stooped to head home Grandin's cross-come-shot, only for the celebrations to be cut short by the linesman's flag, before the latter added gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time.

Andre Bikey signs Middlesbrough deal

Cameroon international Bikey signs one-year deal at Boro



21:30 GMT, 11 September 2012

Middlesbrough have signed former Reading defender Andre Bikey, 27, on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old Cameroon international has penned a one-year deal with the option of a second year after a successful stint training with Tony Mowbray's squad.

Mowbray has added the former Burnley centre-half as cover for captain Rhys Williams who is out for several months with a knee injury.

On the move: Bikey has signed a one-year deal with Middlesbrough

On the move: Bikey has signed a one-year deal with Middlesbrough

Marvin Emnes wanted by Swansea as Scott Sinclair replacement

Swansea eye 5m Boro striker Emnes as Sinclair replacement



21:34 GMT, 26 August 2012

Swansea City will step up their pursuit of Middlesbrough striker Marvin Emnes this week and are confident of signing him for 5m.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray is reluctantly prepared to let the 24-year-old former Holland Under 21 forward leave the Riverside and will be offered Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie as part of the deal.

In pursuit: Swansea are confident of landing Emnes from Middlesbrough

In pursuit: Swansea are confident of landing Emnes from Middlesbrough

Emnes is seen as a replacement for Manchester City-bound Scott Sinclair although Swansea remain keen on Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez.

Mowbray has already made 10 new signings this summer, including West Brom striker Ishmael Miller who made his debut in Saturday's win over Crystal Palace.

Moving on: Sinclair is poised to join Manchester City this week

Moving on: Sinclair is poised to join Manchester City this week

Meanwhile, Wolves have agreed a loan deal for Rennes winger Razak Boukari.

Burnley have agreed a pre-contract with Jamaica winger Dane Richards from Vancouver Whitecaps. The 28-year-old will sign in January.