Sunday August 21, 2011 Day 4 Finished Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough 3 - 1 Birmingham City

  • Robson 48’
  • Haroun 69’
  • Martin 72’
  • Rooney 36’ (pen.)

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Middlesbrough
    • Birmingham City
    • 90+3' Beasujour takes a pot shot and it's saved by the 'keeper. That's the last action of the match as the referee blows for full time. A deserved win for Middlesbrough in what has been an entertaining game.
    • 90+1' Robson with a shot from distance, but it goes well wide as three minutes are put up for stoppage time.
    • 90' Burke receives a yellow after bringing down Williams following a bout of 'oles' from the Boro crowd.
    • 89' Boro are comfortably knocking the ball around now. Birmingham have accepted defeated and both seem happy to run down the clock.
    • 88' Woods heads wide from the Beausejour corner.
    • 87' In fact Fahey takes it, but it's blocked and Rooney's tenacity gets the Blues a corner.
    • 85' Many Birmingham fans have seen enough as they make their way towards the exits. Last chance for Brum to get into it here as Redmond prepares to take a promising freekick.
    • 84' Redmond takes and aims towards Davies, but Bates gets it clear. Boro get one themselves at the other end, but this one is cleared by Murphy.
    • 83' Carr wins another corner. A potential handball from Martin there as he blocks the ball into the box for another corner.
    • 81' Decent delivery, Davies gets his head on it, but doesn't time it right and Boro again clear their lines.
    • 80' Brum win a corner on the left side of the box. Beausejour lines it up and plays it towards Wood, but Boro do enough to see it out for a corner.
    • 76' Just no options for Birmingham in an attacking sense. They're playing two up front now Chris Wood is on, but still can't work the ball to them.
    • 75' Boro win another freekick in a decnet area; central and about 20 yards out. Martin hits the wall with his attempt.
    • 72' GOAL! Middlesbrough 3-1 Birmingham - The Blues win a corner, taken by Beausejour. Boro hit on the counter quickly, Martin gets on the ball and it's a wonder strike as he cuts in on to his right foot and smashes it past the static Myhill from distance.
    • 70' GOAL! Middlesbrough 2-1 Birmingham - Haroun is very close to being offside, but the linesman doesn't give it as Davies' tackle on Bennett falls into the youngster's path and he taps it beyond Myhill.
    • 68' It was a tight angle when Haroun fired off his shot. It deflected off Davies and only just evaded Emnes.
    • 67' Haroon with a shot, but it's deflected just wide for a corner! The youngster should probably have done better with what was a very presentable opportunity.
    • 65' Birmingham with a corner, taken by Beausejour. It comes to nothing.
    • 64' Carr with an excellent tackle on Arca, who goes over suspiciously easily.
    • 63' Spector dallies on the ball and Baily wins back the ball. Rooney's becoming more and more isolated upfront for Birmingham.
    • 62' Foul on Beausejour and it's a chace for Birmingham to throw it into the box. McMahon gets his head on it, but it's spanked away by the Boro defence.
    • 60' Robson strokes the ball out to Emnes, but Caldwell again does well to clear.
    • 59' Murphy gets done by Robson on the flank. He puts in a decent ball that Davies does fantastically well to clear for a corner after the ball completely evades Myhill. Good play all round.
    • 58' Emnes caught offside and Davies gets play quickly under play, but the games entered a bit of a lull at the minute.
    • 57' Rooney has the ball in the box. He has absolutely no support and so has to go at it alone. He attempts to chip Ikeme and isn't so far away. That was a good effort considering he had no other options.
    • 56' Rooney with an attempted shot, but it is no way going to trouble Ikeme. That's a shot out of desperation really.
    • 54' Myhill plays the ball out quickly, when maybe Birmingham should be trying to slow the game down right now having just conceded.
    • 52' Nicky Baily receiving treatment as play is stopped. It's all Boro now though following that equaliser.
    • 50' Rooney chases the ball, but it's a lost cause. Boro on the front foot again and there's a different atmosphere in the stadium now following the equaliser.
    • 48' GOAL! Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham - Robson's freekick creeps in at Myhill's near post. A good shot, but Myhill shouldn't have left such a target at his near post. The ball clips the upright and crosses the line.
    • 47' Emnes and Davies with a clash of heads, it looks like Emnes came off worse.
    • 46' Substitution: Youngster Faris Haroun is on for Scott McDonald for Middlesbrough.
    • 45+1' Half time whistle with only a minute of stoppage time played. Birmingham deservedly lead.
    • 44' Arca on his right foot with a weak attempt, that goes straight into the arms of Myhill. If that had been on his left...
    • 42' McMahon plays the ball in towards the backpost, but Middlesbrough are caught offside. It looks like Boro are a bit bereft of ideas at the minute.
    • 41' Rooney almost beats McMahon, but the defender slides in to win back possession.
    • 40' McDonald races forward and moves the ball on to Emnes, but the rock that is Caldwell today intercepts once again.
    • 37' Redmond looks hurt in a clash of heads with Murphy. The ref takes his time stopping the play, but eventually he does so.
    • 36' For the pen, Ikeme saved Spector's shot, but Burke got to the rebound first at which point Ikeme took him down.
    • 35' Rooney steps up to take the penalty...and buries it with consumate ease!
    • 34' Penalty for the Blues! Ikeme takes down Burke in the area and that looked like a pretty clear goalscoring opportunity, but it's only a yellow card for the 'keeper.
    • 32' Robson plays in McMahon down the right. He plays a low ball across the box with Brum defenders diving in to block. It takes a deflection and hits the outside of the post.
    • 31' Arca nips the ball of Burke and Boro keep hold of the ball for the first extended period of time. They play out of defence up to the edge of the opposition area, but the move breaks down.
    • 30' Redmond puts another ball into the box. Ikeme fails to hold it the first time, but claims at the second attempt.
    • 29' Davies hits the ball into the Boro area, but it's cleared easily by the defence.
    • 28' Arca berates his own teammates after no one shows for the ball with the Argentinian in possession.
    • 27' Corner to Boro. Rooney with a striker's defensive header as he fails to get any distance on the ball.
    • 25' Fahey is caught in posession and Emnes races towards the Brum net. He gets into the left channel, and Myhill pulls off a good save!
    • 24' Yellow card for Robson as he pulls back the youngster Redmond, who completely does him for pace.
    • 22' Bailey to McDonald who fires off a godd shot, but Ikeme parries the ball and gets it wide enough to prevent an Emnes tap in off the rebound.
    • 20' Corner to Birmingham. Carr atempts a diving header, Caldwell tries to turn it in, but it's cleared by the Boro backline eventually.
    • 19' Fahey's getting on the ball a lot here. The ball eventually makes it way to Burke on the right, who beats his fullback and puts in a cross to the back post, but no Brum player can get to it.
    • 18' Arca to McDonald who tries to thread the ball through for Emnes, but Caldwell again cuts it out.
    • 15' McMahon gives the ball away to Rooney, but he eventually wins the ball back. The frenetic pace of the game is suiting the Blues at the minute.
    • 14' Scott McDonald with a side foot effort from the edge of the box that goes only slightly wide.
    • 13' Robson 'caught' offside there, though he looked to actually be on. Let off for Birmingham there.
    • 12' The Blues break at pace, Rooney is inches away from the opener. Carr plays a lovely one-two with Birch, who slings it in for Rooney who puts just wide.
    • 10' Barry Robson with a good shot, but it's palmed away by Myhill and Carr puts it out for a corner.
    • 9' Keith Fahey with a shot from distance that goes high and wide.
    • 8' Rooney turns sharply, but his shot is blocked from about 10 yards out, after being fed by the busy Beausejour.
    • 7' Redmond with a low shot that almost creeps into the bottom left hand corner. Ikeme probably had it covered, but he was scrambling across to try and get there.
    • 6' The danger is eventually cleared by Caldwell as a pass is played behind Boro striker Emnes.
    • 5' Beausejour is caught in possession and Middlesbrough stream up the pitch with Arca on the ball...
    • 3' The Riverside is bathed in sunshine at the moment, but there's not much play to speak of early on.
    • 2' And the teams are off here at the Riverside. McDonald looks to be in, but Caldwell comes across to cut out the danger.
    • 14:50 Middlesbrough have made an undefeated start to the season after four league and cup games, whereas last Saturday's 1-0 win over Coventry was Birmingham's first victory in eight Premier League and Championship games.
    • 14:45 Birmingham are without victory in eight league games on the road, gaining two points out of 21 since beating West Ham 1-0 at Upton Park on 6 February.
    • 14:40 There have been 101 league and cup matches between these clubs; Middlesbrough have won 29, Birmingham 41 and 31 have finished all square.
    • 14:35 The teams are in - Middlesbrough: Ikeme, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Robson, Rhys Williams, Bailey, Arca, Emnes, McDonald. Subs: Coyne, Hines, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun///Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Spector, Fahey, Redmond, Beausejour, Rooney. Subs: Doyle, Dann, Wood, Asante, Hubbins
    • 14.30 Hello and welcome to Eurosport UK's live coverage of the Npower Champinionship match between Middlesbrough and Birmingham City at the Riverside Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 72' GOAL! Middlesbrough 3-1 Birmingham - The Blues win a corner, taken by Beausejour. Boro hit on the counter quickly, Martin gets on the ball and it's a wonder strike as he cuts in on to his right foot and smashes it past the static Myhill from distance.
    • 70' GOAL! Middlesbrough 2-1 Birmingham - Haroun is very close to being offside, but the linesman doesn't give it as Davies' tackle on Bennett falls into the youngster's path and he taps it beyond Myhill.
    • 67' Haroon with a shot, but it's deflected just wide for a corner! The youngster should probably have done better with what was a very presentable opportunity.
    • 48' GOAL! Middlesbrough 1-1 Birmingham - Robson's freekick creeps in at Myhill's near post. A good shot, but Myhill shouldn't have left such a target at his near post. The ball clips the upright and crosses the line.
    • 35' Rooney steps up to take the penalty...and buries it with consumate ease!
    • 34' Penalty for the Blues! Ikeme takes down Burke in the area and that looked like a pretty clear goalscoring opportunity, but it's only a yellow card for the 'keeper.
    • 25' Fahey is caught in posession and Emnes races towards the Brum net. He gets into the left channel, and Myhill pulls off a good save!
    • 22' Bailey to McDonald who fires off a godd shot, but Ikeme parries the ball and gets it wide enough to prevent an Emnes tap in off the rebound.
    • 12' The Blues break at pace, Rooney is inches away from the opener. Carr plays a lovely one-two with Birch, who slings it in for Rooney who puts just wide.
    • 10' Barry Robson with a good shot, but it's palmed away by Myhill and Carr puts it out for a corner.
    • 7' Redmond with a low shot that almost creeps into the bottom left hand corner. Ikeme probably had it covered, but he was scrambling across to try and get there.
    • 14:35 The teams are in - Middlesbrough: Ikeme, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Robson, Rhys Williams, Bailey, Arca, Emnes, McDonald. Subs: Coyne, Hines, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun///Birmingham: Myhill, Carr, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Spector, Fahey, Redmond, Beausejour, Rooney. Subs: Doyle, Dann, Wood, Asante, Hubbins

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