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Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1 – match report: Danny Ward scores late winner to complete comeback

Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1: Ward's late show completes dramatic comeback

By
John Edwards

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23:04 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:12 GMT, 6 March 2013

Mark Robins could hardly have done more to engineer his first home win as Huddersfield manager after two of his second-half substitutes inspired a dramatic late turnaround at a mist-shrouded John Smith’s Stadium last night.

Middlesbrough looked primed to add a desperately needed three points to their faltering promotion campaign when Scott McDonald slid home a Sammy Ameobi cross at the far post just 12 minutes from time.

But Alan Lee equalised with his first touch, just seconds after going on in the 86th minute, and fellow substitute Danny Ward crowned a stunning fightback with a brilliant winner in stoppage time.

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard (Wallace 66), Dixon, Clayton, Gobern, Norwood (Lee 84), Danns, Novak, Robinson (Ward 78).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Arfield, Atkinson, Lynch.

Goals: Lee 86, Ward 90.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Smallwood (Rhys Williams 59), McManus, Hines, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, McEachran (Ledesma 58), McDonald, Ameobi, Miller (Main 68).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Carayol, Haroun, Emnes.

Booked: Smallwood, Ledesma.

Goals: McDonald 78.

Att: 12,705

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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‘I was proud of my players, and it is more pleasing than ever when substitutions come off,’ said Robins.

‘Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but it showed how the lads on the bench have been champing at the bit to get on.

‘That was the best we’ve played in my time here, and it has to give the players confidence to know they can pass the ball on what was a cabbage patch of a pitch.’

After squandering several clear chances, and being denied a penalty when Middlesbrough striker Ameobi poleaxed Theo Robinson with a kick in the face as he tried to clear, Huddersfield looked like paying the price when McDonald scored.

In retaliation, Robins sent on Lee and his big front-runner promptly pounced on a Peter Clarke header, from a right-wing corner, and toe-ended it past Boro keeper Jason Steele from point-blank range.

There was nothing scrappy about Ward’s winner as, just 12 minutes after going on, he gained possession on the right and cut inside before hammering a left-foot drive beyond Steele.

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

Reflecting on his side’s eighth
defeat in 11 games, Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray said: ‘When you
go in front late on, in a drab game low on quality, you hope you are
going to see it out.

‘The equaliser was particularly
disappointing because you expect your big players to get the first
contact when a corner comes in.

‘They made changes near the end to try to get back into it, but you have to adapt and cope with that.’

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium

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Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 1 Millwall 2: Boro's play-off chances dealt major blow after home defeat

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19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

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19:31 GMT, 23 February 2013

Middlesbrough's play-off hopes were dealt another crushing blow as they went down to defeat against Millwall at the Riverside Stadium.

Tony Mowbray's side slipped out of the top six for the first time since October prior to kick-off following Brighton's win over Burnley, and Boro's performance did not match that of a side striving for promotion to the Premier League.

However, Millwall, who had lost their last five in the npower Championship, did not look like a side struggling for form as they dominated throughout in a thrilling encounter.

An own goal from defender George Friend and Lions midfielder Martyn Woolford sealed a first away win for Kenny Jackett's side since November with Curtis Main pulling one back for the hosts.

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal

Doubled: Martyn Woolford slotted home Millwall's second goal

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Bailey, McManus, Bikey, Friend, Dyer (Miller 46), Rhys Williams (Carayol 46), Leadbitter, McEachran, Emnes (McDonald 69), Main.

Subs Not Used: Ripley, Ledesma, Hines, Smallwood.

Goals: Main 75.

Millwall: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Osborne, Beevers, Henry, Abdou, Wright, Woolford, Marquis, Afobe.

Subs Not Used: Maik Taylor, Trotter, Tyson, Keogh, N'Guessan, Adam Smith, Malone.

Booked: Osborne, Wright, Forde.

Goals: Friend 25 og, Woolford 40.

Att: 15,377

Ref: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

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Kieron Dyer and striker Main were the
only changes to the Boro side that drew a blank at Burnley in midweek
while Jackett recalled five players including Benik Afobe, Alan Dunne
and skipper Danny Shittu following their 5-1 defeat at home to
Peterborough last time out.

The first real chance arrived on 15
minutes when Karleigh Osborne tripped Main on the edge of the box. Grant
Leadbitter took the kick and Jason Steele was struggling to get across
as it narrowly flew over the crossbar.

Main was appealing to referee Michael
Naylor again shortly after when he went down under pressure from Dunne
inside the penalty area. Naylor waved away the protests as he became
increasingly unpopular with the home supporters.

His reputation did not improve when
the Lions, virtually straight after the incident, took the lead on 25
minutes. James Henry delivered a pin-point cross from the left and an
unfortunate Friend headed into his own goal under pressure from Afobe
and John Marquis.

Friend along with his team mates felt he was fouled in the build up, only adding to the now toxic atmosphere inside the ground.

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

Hope: Curtis Main scored for Middlesbrough but it was too little too late

However, Boro almost replied
immediately when Main met a Leadbitter corner full only to see his
powerful header well blocked on the line by Nadjim Abdou.

The visitors looked rattled by
Middlesbrough's response and goalkeeper David Forde almost gifted them
an equaliser when he spilled a cross only for Mark Beevers to again
clear off the line.

But Kenny Jackett's side took full
control five minutes before the break when Jason Steele pushed Afobe's
original effort into the path of Woolford who enjoyed the simplest of
finishes to double the advantage.

Boro tried to rally a response after
the break following the introduction of Ishmael Miller and Mustapha
Carayol, and it was the latter who tested the reflexes of Forde on the
hour mark as the Republic of Ireland international made a smart stop at
his near post.

A goal was coming though, and Friend
went some way to making amends when he skipped into the area on 75
minutes before pulling the ball back for Main who tapped into an empty
net from six yards.

That strike clearly energised them as
Main fired a golden opportunity wide with five minutes remaining before
late drama erupted deep into stoppage time when substitute Scott
McDonald's apparent equaliser was ruled out for offside.

A melee ensued and referee Naylor was
almost caught in the middle of it before bringing the game and
Millwall's slump to an end, condemning Boro to a seventh league defeat
in their last nine outings.

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Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2: Boro end long wait for home win over Seasiders

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17:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Middlesbrough secured their first home league victory over Blackpool for 39 years with a 4-2 win at the Riverside that inched them closer to an automatic promotion place.

The hosts dominated proceedings in the first half and striker Ishmael Miller was at the heart of things with an early goal, with Richard Smallwood doubling the advantage on 35 minutes.

Blackpool fought back when Wes Thomas scored just before the hour mark, but Scott McDonald replied for Boro.

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Parnaby 21), Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Halliday, Emnes (Jutkiewicz 82), Leadbitter, Bailey, Smallwood, Miller, McDonald (Reach 65).

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Thomson, Luke Williams.

Goals: Miller 14, Smallwood 36, McDonald 62, Reach 88

Booked: Woodgate

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Baptiste, Basham, Gomes (Sylvestre 57), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Martinez 37), Thomas, Ince.

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Kevin Phillips, Sylvestre, Harris, Dicko.

Goals: Thomas 59, Basham 76

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance: 18,164

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Chris Basham found the net and Blackpool would have edged a point but Thomas Ince's 81st-minute penalty was well saved by Boro keeper Jason Steele, before Adam Reach made the points safe three minutes from time for the hosts.

Middlesbrough were seeking their fourth successive home win and started optimistically with Grant Leadbitter's early corners causing all sorts of problems for Blackpool.

Visiting keeper Matt Gilks was kept busy by Miller's crossing, and the combination for the inevitable opener came as no surprise.

Gilks opted to stay on the line for Leadbitter's 14th-minute corner – Boro's seventh – meaning Miller had enough space to head into the bottom corner.

Miller and Marvin Emnes both went close from the edge of the box, but Boro were forced into a change with the injured Justin Hoyte replaced by Stuart Parnaby.

Blackpool's first decent chance came in the 25th minute when Boro could only half clear from Stephen Crainey's corner as Ince volleyed wide, but the visitors were finding some pockets of pressure up front.

Michael Appleton attempted a shake-up by replacing Nathan Delfouneso with Angel Martinez but Blackpool conceded their second 10 minutes before the break as Emnes' cut-back found Smallwood who coolly slotted in from the edge of the area.

Emnes and Miller proved almost unstoppable in the second half. Gilks tipped over from another Miller cross while Leadbitter kept Boro's threats alive from the corner flag.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher headed tamely wide in a rare Blackpool move while Appleton brought on Ludovic Sylvestre for the ineffective Tiago Gomes.

It provided the impetus as Blackpool strung several passes together before Taylor-Fletcher laid off for Thomas who found space to score at the near post.

Just three minutes later, though, Boro caught their opponents out in possession and Scott McDonald charged forward before a calm finish saw the two-goal advantage restored.

Blackpool attempted a swift response as Chris Basham shot wide but Boro were in cruise control, replacing Miller with Reach before McDonald went close from 18 yards.

Basham then made it a nervy end to the game as Basham got on the end of a cross from the tireless Crainey before Jonathan Woodgate felled Sylvestre to concede the spot kick and earn a yellow card.

The Seasiders, however, failed to capitalise as Ince's spot kick was saved by Steele who guessed correctly, with Boro piling on the misery through Reach who struck on 87 minutes after good work by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

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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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UPDATED:

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.

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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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UPDATED:

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.

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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.

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Birmingham 3 Middlesbrough 2 – match report

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

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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.

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Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 match report: Scott MCDonald Lee Chung-yong goals

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1: McDonald fires two as Boro hit back to stop Trotters

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16:21 GMT, 27 October 2012

Substitute Scott McDonald scored
twice for Middlesbrough as they came from behind to make it four npower
Championship wins on the bounce.

Boro had trailed when Lee Chung-yong
gave Bolton the lead against the run of play with a cute dinked finish,
but McDonald, who came on in the first half after an injury to Marvin
Emnes, scored his first two goals of the season to maintain their
momentum.

First he was on hand to poke home
from close range following a spill from Adam Bogdan midway through the
second half and then he headed home Emmanuel Ledesma's cross in the
final 10 minutes.

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran (Halliday 87), Reach (Ledesma 46), Miller, Emnes (McDonald 22). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Bailey, Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 67, 85.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears (Ngog 87), Ricketts, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies (Pratley 77), Lee, Spearing, Petrov (Afobe 65), Kevin Davies. Subs not used: Lynch, Mills, Andrews, Riley.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Eagles.

Goals: Lee 42.

Att: 16,200.

Ref: Gary Sutton.

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Boro, unbeaten in five, remain in third place in the league and look a good bet to mount a serious promotion challenge over the next few weeks.

In contrast new Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has it all to do as Wanderers, who rarely threatened in the second half, languish in lower mid-table, but with the quality on show in their squad they should rise the division in the coming weeks.

Freedman, who will be officially unveiled on Monday afternoon, watched from the stands as Jimmy Phillips took charge for the last time and he was almost out of his seat in the opening two minutes when Chris Eagles unleashed an effort from distance, but it went just wide of the post.

Boro soon found their feet though and Grant Leadbitter tested Bogdan from distance before Ishmael Miller wasted a fine chance when he headed George Friend's probing cross wide in the 10th minute.

The hosts, who were unchanged from Tuesday's win over Hull, were asking all the questions and Bogdan had to be at his best to deny Emnes' powerful effort.

Boro's flow was not interrupted by the injury to Emnes which saw McDonald come on and Miller had another effort go just off target as his curling effort flew wide with Bogdan beaten.

But Boro paid the ultimate price for their failure to score as the visitors stole a 43rd-minute lead.

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

A loose ball fell to Chung-Yong and after composing himself inside the area he delightfully lifted the ball over Jason Steele to stun the Riverside.

And it could have been even better for Wanderers two minutes later as Lee was presented with a golden chance to double the lead, but trying to repeat his earlier finish he blazed over the bar.

It was an unjust half-time scoreline and Boro came out after the interval trying to put it right, though they struggled to create the same vibrancy.
However, they finally built up a head of steam and levelled midway through the second period.

Miller had the ball on the left and fired in a cross-shot that Bogdan could only parry and McDonald was on hand to stab home from close range.
Boro were flying and McDonald headed another opportunity wide before they had a strong appeal for handball turned down when the ball appeared to strike Sam Ricketts on the arm.

The deserved winner finally came in the 85th minute when McDonald was left unmarked and headed home Ledesma's cross from the left and Boro held on for the three points.

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Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Match report

Middlesbrough 2 Derby 2: Coutts leaves it late to grab Rams a point after Jutkiewicz brace

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20:47 GMT, 3 October 2012

Paul Coutts rescued a point for Derby late on after Lukas Jutkiewicz's brace looked to have earned Boro all three points.

Coutts struck three minutes from time after Jutkiewicz had netted twice for Tony Mowbray's men.

Theo Robinson gave Derby an early lead in the first half from the penalty spot but their advantage lasted just three minutes as Jutkiewicz grabbed his first of the night.

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Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Double trouble: Middlesbrough's Lukas Jutkiewicz scored both his sides goals

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte,Hines, Bikey, Friend, Leadbitter, McEachran (Ledesma 65), Thomson (Zemmama 65), Bailey, Luke Williams, Jutkiewicz, Zemmama (Haroun 83).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, McManus, Parnaby, Smallwood.

Booked: Leadbitter.

Goals: Jutkiewicz 19, 81.

Derby: Fielding, Brayford, Keogh, Buxton, Roberts (O'Connor 88), Coutts, Hendrick (Jacobs 83), Bryson, Hughes, Tyson (Sammon 58), Robinson.

Subs Not Used: Legzdins, Bennett, Gjokaj, Freeman.

Booked: Brayford.

Goals: Robinson 16 pen, Coutts 87.

Attendance: 13,377

Referee: Michael Naylor

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Hull 2 Middlesbrough 1: Matty Fryatt nets winner for Tigers

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

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

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

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

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

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

MATCH FACTS

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

Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, East, Cullen.

Booked: Cooper, Evans.

Goals: King 58, Fryatt 88.

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

Subs Not Used: Thomson, Jutkiewicz.

Goals: Emnes 13.

Attendance: 19,613

Referee: Andy Woolmer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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