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Friday August 7, 2009 Finished Riverside Stadium

  1. Goalless opener at Riverside

    Goalless opener at Riverside

    Middlesbrough's Championship season begun with a goalless draw against Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Middlesbrough
    • Sheffield United
    • - Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90'+2 FT. A 0-0 draw to kick off the Championship season. Probably a fair result on the balance of things.
    • 90'+1 United pile forward and Cotterill's cross is cut out. That had a few Boro hearts in mouths...
    • 90'+1 Two minutes of added time...
    • 90' Into the final minute and Bunn's in no hurry to take a free-kick deep in United's half.
    • 89' There's definitely a late winner here for the taking...
    • 87' Deliciously teasing ball from Yeates which is headed out of the danger area by Morgan. Boro looking for a late winner now...
    • 86' United probing forward now and a throw is won on the right wing. Walker hurls it in, but Boro get the ball away.
    • 85' Into the final five now...
    • 83' McMahon tries to go for glory from 30 yards but his shot flies well over.
    • 80' Great ball whipped in from the right by Yeates, and Lita's inches from making contact with it! Moments later the striker tries to go through a gap that isn't there.
    • 79' Poor delivery from France and Boro clear. Lita wins a free-kick as he holds play up, and the hosts are on the attack again.
    • 78' Chance for United. Free-kick in a promising position on the right wing. Can they trouble Boro's defence with a set-piece as they did in the first half?
    • 75' Boro have had just one shot on target so far, and United have had three. There's been plenty of excitement, but that's not a great return after 75 minutes.
    • 74' High and well wide from Quinn as United break forward. That was miles off target.
    • 72' Montgomery pulled up for a challenge on O'Neil. It was full-blooded but he won the ball. The free-kick's given for the afters though...
    • 71' Into the final 20 minutes now and Boro are pushing for a goal. Will United catch them on the counter though?
    • 68' Boro pressing now. Yeates' free-kick is cleared, but the home side still have possession. Ched Evans replaces Brian Howard for United, he's another sub I fancy to make an impact.
    • 65' Lita comes on for Emnes. Can he nick a goal for Boro?
    • 64' Yeates gets a talking to from referee Mason after reacting to a free-kick against him for what was clearly a high boot.
    • 63' Cotterill comes on for Treacy as The Blades change it up.
    • 62' United surge forward and Wheater repels Treacy. Boro break with Aliadiere, who brings Emnes into proceedings but he takes far too much time on the edge of United's area and is shunted off the ball.
    • 60' Leroy Lita's warming up on the side for Boro. I fancy him to get a goal if he comes on. This is his level...
    • 57' More excellent work from Johnson down the left side as he wins a corner...
    • 56' Rys Williams tees himself up for a shot from 25 yards or so but pulls it well wide. He was given too much time and space there by United's defenders.
    • 53' Howard pops a shot off for United, but it's tame and Coyne gathers easily.
    • 50' Penalty appeal from Boro, turned down by Lee Mason! Johnson gets inside Kyle Walker, but the defender manages to get a toe on the ball. Johnson goes down, but the appeals are waved away!
    • 48' United start well and are pressing immediately...
    • 46' Kick off. We're back on at The Riverside.
    • 45'+1 HT. A pretty decent first half of the new Championship season, with both keepers having made saves to keep it goalless at the interval.
    • 45' One added minute to play before half time.
    • 42' Bad news for Boro as Digard hobbles off. Gary O'Neil comes on his place. A decent sub to have...
    • 40' Lovely play from Johnson who throws two stepovers to beat his man and force Bunn to parry at his near post. Maybe he could've cut the ball back there...
    • 39' Bunn is forced to come and punch a free-kick clear as Johnson curls a dangerous set-piece in from the right wing.
    • 37' Huth nods the ball behind as it is hooked back across the face of goal by France, with Howard lurking at the far post! United coming right back at Boro now.
    • 33' McMahon's throw into United's area fails to bring a Boro chance. United race down the other end and Quinn forces a save from Coyne with a shot at a comfortable height.
    • 30' Johnson looks for a swift one-two with Emnes as he again comes in off the left, but the forward doesn't co-operate.
    • 28' Adam Johnson gets involved as he brings the ball in off the left flank. A tackle only pokes the ball into Digard's path, and the Frenchman has a shot blocked. Strong spell for Boro.
    • 26' Yeates has really been calling the shots in the past few minutes. A tantalising delivery from the right wing is nodded behind for another Boro corner.
    • 25' Wheater and Henderson are having a right old battle every time the ball comes up Boro's end.
    • 23' Real chance for Boro! Great save from Bunn, who gets down to his left to palm Yeates' shot from 25 yards behind for a corner!
    • 22' Yeates almost finds Emnes with a fantastic lash of the ball off the outside of his right boot!
    • 20' The ball bounces all over the place inside the Boro area but United just can't get the telling touch. Digard hammers clear. Some indecision in the Boro defence there...
    • 17' Boro just starting to edge possession, and have looked more potent going forward in the last five minutes.
    • 16' Aliadiere tries to make something happen for Boro but can't find McMahon on the overlap.
    • 13' Quinn shoots just wide from the edge of the area for United, but he committed a foul in the build-up so it's a Boro free-kick out.
    • 11' Some good work from Emnes sparks a Boro attack, but after some neat interplay it breaks down.
    • 10' Boro managing to break up what United are putting together coming forward. The home side have been pinned back inside their half for most of the opening 10 minutes.
    • 8' Emnes almost latches onto a weak touch back to Bunn, but the United keeper manages to hoof the ball clear.
    • 7' Emnes drives a low cross-cum-shot into the area and Aliadiere almost gets a touch. Bunn gathers.
    • 5' Boro win a corner as they put their first attack together. It's well defended by The Blades though and the danger is cleared.
    • 3' Early save from Coyne who gets down well to parry Treacy's volley as United start on the front foot! A long throw caused the danger.
    • 1' We're underway...
    • - A minute's applause rings around The Riverside Stadium as a mark of respect for Sir Bobby Robson...
    • - The teams are out and on the pitch and all ready for the season's start... Who'll prevail?
    • - Sheff Utd: Bunn; Walker, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor; Howard, Quinn, Montgomery, France, Treacy; Henderson. Subs: Bennett, Evans, Reid, Cotterill, Bromby, Sharp, Little...
    • - The Boro team line-up: Coyne; McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Grounds; Yeates, Williams, Digard, Johnson; Aliadiere, Emnes. Subs: Steele, Hoyte, Taylor, O'Neil, Lita, Arca, Franks...
    • - Sheffield United will be without suspended trio Jamie Ward, Paddy Kenny and Lee Hendrie. But Kyel Reid, Ryan France and Andy Taylor could be in line for their debuts after signing from West Ham, Hull and Tranmere respectively while Glen Little will also be in the squad.
    • - Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will have to assess a number of players before his side kick off the Championship campaign against Sheffield United. Jeremie Aliadiere has suffered a bout of sickness while Gary O'Neil and Julio Arca remain doubtful with slight knocks.
  • Summary

    • - Thanks for joining us this evening.
    • 90'+1 United pile forward and Cotterill's cross is cut out. That had a few Boro hearts in mouths...
    • 87' Deliciously teasing ball from Yeates which is headed out of the danger area by Morgan. Boro looking for a late winner now...
    • 80' Great ball whipped in from the right by Yeates, and Lita's inches from making contact with it! Moments later the striker tries to go through a gap that isn't there.
    • 50' Penalty appeal from Boro, turned down by Lee Mason! Johnson gets inside Kyle Walker, but the defender manages to get a toe on the ball. Johnson goes down, but the appeals are waved away!
    • 40' Lovely play from Johnson who throws two stepovers to beat his man and force Bunn to parry at his near post. Maybe he could've cut the ball back there...
    • 37' Huth nods the ball behind as it is hooked back across the face of goal by France, with Howard lurking at the far post! United coming right back at Boro now.
    • 33' McMahon's throw into United's area fails to bring a Boro chance. United race down the other end and Quinn forces a save from Coyne with a shot at a comfortable height.
    • 23' Real chance for Boro! Great save from Bunn, who gets down to his left to palm Yeates' shot from 25 yards behind for a corner!
    • 22' Yeates almost finds Emnes with a fantastic lash of the ball off the outside of his right boot!
    • 20' The ball bounces all over the place inside the Boro area but United just can't get the telling touch. Digard hammers clear. Some indecision in the Boro defence there...
    • 13' Quinn shoots just wide from the edge of the area for United, but he committed a foul in the build-up so it's a Boro free-kick out.
    • 8' Emnes almost latches onto a weak touch back to Bunn, but the United keeper manages to hoof the ball clear.
    • 3' Early save from Coyne who gets down well to parry Treacy's volley as United start on the front foot! A long throw caused the danger.
    • - Sheff Utd: Bunn; Walker, Morgan, Kilgallon, Taylor; Howard, Quinn, Montgomery, France, Treacy; Henderson. Subs: Bennett, Evans, Reid, Cotterill, Bromby, Sharp, Little...
    • - The Boro team line-up: Coyne; McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Grounds; Yeates, Williams, Digard, Johnson; Aliadiere, Emnes. Subs: Steele, Hoyte, Taylor, O'Neil, Lita, Arca, Franks...
    • - Sheffield United will be without suspended trio Jamie Ward, Paddy Kenny and Lee Hendrie. But Kyel Reid, Ryan France and Andy Taylor could be in line for their debuts after signing from West Ham, Hull and Tranmere respectively while Glen Little will also be in the squad.
    • - Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate will have to assess a number of players before his side kick off the Championship campaign against Sheffield United. Jeremie Aliadiere has suffered a bout of sickness while Gary O'Neil and Julio Arca remain doubtful with slight knocks.

Live Team Line-Up

  • Middlesbrough

    Manager: Gareth Southgate

    Starting line-up

    • D. Coyne
    • R. Huth
    • T. McMahon
    • D. Wheater
    • J. Grounds
    • M. Yeates
    • A. Johnson
    • R. Williams Yellow Card
    • D. Digard Substitution Out (42′)
    • J. Aliadière
    • M. Emnes Substitution Out (65′)

    Subs

    • J. Arca
    • G. O'Neil Substitution In42′
    • J. Hoyte
    • A. Taylor
    • L. Lita Substitution In65′
    • J. Steele
    • J. Franks

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • Sheffield United

    Manager: Kevin Blackwell

    Starting line-up

    • M. Bunn
    • C. Morgan
    • M. Kilgallon
    • A. Taylor
    • K. Walker
    • R. France
    • S. Quinn
    • N. Montgomery
    • B. Howard Substitution Out (68′)
    • K. Treacy Substitution Out (63′)
    • D. Henderson

    Subs

    • I. Bennett
    • L. Bromby
    • G. Little
    • K. Reid
    • D. Cotterill Substitution In63′
    • B. Sharp
    • C. Evans Substitution In68′

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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