Saturday November 5, 2011 Day 16 Finished Riverside Stadium

Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Watford

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    Time:90'
    • Middlesbrough
    • Watford
    • 90' Final whistle: Middlesbrough 1-0 Watford. Middlesbrough secure an important three points in their bid for promotion, and it's a result which sees Watford nervously looking over their shoulder just above the drop zone. Boro offered little having gone in front, but they didn't need to as Watford lacked that final piece of quality when delivering their own attacking play.
    • 90+3' Jonathan Hogg is the first Watford player to enter into the ref's book for dissent.
    • 90+2' Middlesbrough have the ball in the middle of the park which is exactly what Watford don't need.
    • 90+1' Final Watford sub: Lee Hodson is off and Craig Forsyth is on.
    • 90' They'll be four minutes of added time at the end of the match - can Watford salvage a late draw?
    • 89' A free-kick off-centre from Mark Yeates is curled wide of the goal and beyond any Watford player darting into the Boro box.
    • 87' Emnes finds Barry Robson with a sweeping ball out wide, but the Boro winger can't quite gather it in his stride, and that allows Watford to recover and win the ball back.
    • 85' The first booking of the match goes to Barry Robson for a late challenge.
    • 84' The ball just about evades Rhys Williams as the midfielder was looking to dart into the Watford penalty box.
    • 83' Watford sub: Prince Buaben comes off for Ross Jenkins.
    • 82' Rhys Williams' rasping drive from 25 yards out is closed down for a Middlesbrough corner by Nosworthy. And that was a crucial deflection as that ball was travelling direct and at some speed.
    • 79' Robson swings in a sweetly-struck cross from the left channel, but Faris Haroun can't quite reach to prod the ball towards goal.
    • 78' Middlesbrough press for a second as Loach parries away at the near post from a low Tony McMahon drive. Moments before that, the 'keeper had to palm away an inswinging cross from the left flank.
    • 77' Faris Haroun manages to get to the ball deep on the Middlesbrough right-flank, and his pull back to Marvin Emnes is smartly worked. But Emnes drills his low shot straight into Scott Loach's scooped arms.
    • 75' Watford have forced a couple more corners but haven't been able to test Jason Steele - Lee Hodson being particularly guilty of shooting well over from long-range as the ball rebounded out to him.
    • 73' Close for Watford as another free-kick from the left is whipped dangerously into the Boro box - no one gets a meaningful touch on it - and the ball travels wide of goal to the relief of the home crowd.
    • 72' Middlesbrough sub: Scott McDonald comes off for Bartholomew Ogbeche
    • 71' Well, Middlesbrough should have grabbed their second. Rhys Williams gets to the byline and drills the ball at Scott Loach who parries back into the centre of the penalty area, where sub Faris Haroun is waiting but sends his effort well over the Watford goal.
    • 70' Both sides just struggling to find their rhythm as we enter into the final quarter of the match... But it's still Middlesborugh with the advantage.
    • 66' Watford sub: Craig Beattie comes on for his debut in place of Chris Iwelumo
    • 65' Chance for Watford to send the ball into the Boro box, but Mark Yeates' free-kick from the left flank is powerfully headed clear.
    • 63' Nyron Nosworthy heads clear a Middlesbrough corner at the near post, and then does the same moments later, as Tony Mowbray's men fail to test Watford having put in some poor set-piece deliveries.
    • 62' Joe Bennett swings in a cross from the left, but McDonald smashes the ball high into the air. The ball finds its way to sub Faris Haroun who is crowded out by Watford players, before being able to get the shot away.
    • 60' Middlesbrough sub: Faris Haroun comes on for Merouane Zemmama who had been carrying a slight niggle.
    • 59' Scott McDonald cuts in off the Middlesbrough right-flank but his low effort towards goal is easily saved by Scott Loach.
    • 58' Mark Yeates low cross from the left can't quite pick out Deeney, but the ball does eventually make its way out for a Watford corner. From that delivery, Carl Dickinson's header is parried away by Steele and Boro, who have offered little to nothing so far in this second-half, just about manage to maintain their one-goal advantage.
    • 55' Sordell's delivery into the box is flicked away by a Middlesbrough defender, and the ball back into the box by Hogg is once again calmly gathered by Jason Steele.
    • 55' Jonathan Hogg's cross from the left is plucked out of the air by Jason Steele, and Boro are looking comfortable at the moment in spite of another Watford corner...
    • 53' A Watford corner finds Iwelumo at the near post, but he can't send the ball towards the Boro goal and the home side are able to clear their lines.
    • 51' Jonathan Hogg misplaces a pass out wide and there has been a very sombre start to this second-half... the Hornets really missing that much-needed spark to bring them back into the match.
    • 49' Mark Yeates finds Troy Deeney with a long cross from the left but Deeney's knock-down is collected by Jason Steele under little pressure.
    • 48' Jonathan Hogg has had to go off the field to receive treatment after a heavy challenge, but should return to the action shortly.
    • 46' And Watford get us back underway for the second-half, trailing 1-0 to Middlesbrough.
    • 45' Half-time: Middlesbrough 1-0 Watford. Middlesbrough started the brighter of the two teams, but Watford came back into it during the opening 45 minutes, only to be carved open by a controversial Scott McDonald goal in the 41st minute. The Championship high-fliers lead the Championship strugglers at half-time.
    • 45+2' Middlesbrough's Joe Bennett is currently down receiving physio treatment after appearing to land heavily on his side. But he should be ok, with half-time fast approaching.
    • 45+1' One minute of stoppage time at the end of the first-half with Zemmama sending a curling effort from the left flank wide of Scott Loach's far post.
    • 44' A cross from the Middlesbrough right is pounced on by Scott Loach, and Watford just need to get to half-time without any further misery if they are to stay in this match.
    • 42' GOAL FOR MIDDLESBROUGH! MIDDLESBROUGH 1-0 WATFORD (Scott McDonald). Boro have the breakthrough as Merouane Zemmama drives in off the left flank, before feeding Barry Robson. Robson in turn plays the ball through to McDonald whose initial shot is saved by Scott Loach, but the winger is there to follow-up the rebound and stab the ball home. But McDonald was in an offside position when initially receiving the ball from Robson.
    • 39' Tony McMahon sends a hanging cross from the right-flank towards Emnes ghosting in at goal but he can't quite gather the ball in his stride and the ball goes out for a Watford goal-kick. Good chance for Boro, that
    • 36' Jonathan Hogg plays it to Prince Buaben who again blazes well over from over 30 yards out when the Watford midfielder had both Troy Deeney and Chris Iwelumo in advance of him and in good positions.
    • 34' Mark Yeates sends an inviting free-kick towards the Boro back post and Troy Deeney's cut back is smothered out for a Watford corner. The home side being put under a little bit of extra pressure now.
    • 32' A dysfunctional fire alarm goes off around the Riverside Stadium and a section of the crowd are having to leave their seats before being allowed to return shortly afterwards. Bizarre, but play continues
    • 30' Marvin Sordell lays the ball off for Prince Buaben, but his curling effort from the edge of the Boro penalty area is always travelling wide and over Jason Steele's far post.
    • 28' Tony McMahon's free-kick from the left flank goes beyond everyone in the box and straight into the arms of Watford's Scott Loach.
    • 27' It's sloppy play again from Middlesbrough as Tony McMahon overhits his pass into Emnes' feet down the right flank, and the 'Boro striker is unable to control, turn and force Watford to retreat.
    • 25' Marvin Emnes overhits a pass out wide to Barry Robson on the right flank as Middlesbrough looked to counter attack quickly. A wasted opportunity for the home side, but good energy and playing tempo from both teams so far.
    • 23' From the resulting corner, Adrian Mariappa has a free header in the Boro box but it is Marvin Sordell who inadvertently blocks the Watford skipper's goalbound effort on the goalline, and Tony Mowbray's men somehow hang on.
    • 22' The ball finds its way through to Chris Iwelumo who is onside and, with Matthew Bates closing in, fizzes a shot from out side the penalty area which Jason Steele is called on to dive and turn the ball around his near post.
    • 20' The game has descended into a midfield battle since Middlesbrough's early chances. Chris Iwelumo fails to control a Watford free-kick pumped forward without impeding his man.
    • 17' Carl Dickinson swings a deep cross into the Boro box but fails to find a Watford player. Instead, Middlesbrough break out quickly but Marvin Emnes, with support in tow, blazes well over with a shot from outside the Hornets penalty area.
    • 15' Joe Bennett goes in very late on Lee Hodson, appearing to lead with his studs, and is given a stern talking to by ref Jock Waugh but no cards are produced.
    • 12' Watford have started to settle down and Lee Hodson's clipped delivery from the right flank finds Prince Buaben, but his headed effort at goal lacks power and direction and is comfortably gathered by Jason Steele.
    • 10' Now it's Stephen McManus' turn to be flagged offside deep in Watford's defending third.
    • 8' Corner for Middlesbrough, and Tony McMahon's delivery eventually makes its way through a host of Watford bodies towards Marvin Emnes lurking at the back post, but he drags his shot wide of goal. That's three strong goalscoring chances inside the opening ten minutes for Boro.
    • 7' Marvin Sordell is flagged offside as he looked to latch onto a Watford long-ball.
    • 6' Adrian Mariappa is called on to head clear a cross from the Boro right, as the home team continue to enjoy early crossing success down the flanks.
    • 5' Prince Buaben wins the first corner of the match, but Watford cannot build from that set-piece opportunity.
    • 4' Middlesbrough are providing all of the early pressing and have pinned Watford back into their own half. Tony McMahon finds Scott McDonald out on the left and he hits a sweetly-struck volley into the ground that is palmed away one-handed by 'keeper Loach.
    • 2' From the kick-off, Barry Robson collects the ball out on the left and drills at goal, forcing Scott Loach into a fine save low to his left to prevent 'Boro gaining a very early lead.
    • 1' Following the one-minute's silence in respect of Remembrance Sunday, we're now underway at the Riverside Stadium with Middlesbrough kicking us off.
    • 17:15 Watford are looking to avoid a fourth successive away league defeat, but Sean Dyche's men will be buoyed by the fact that the Hornets have won their last two league games on the bounce. They come up against Tony Mowbray's formidable Middlesbrough side who are unbeaten at home this season and have not lost in 14 league outings on Teeside.
    • 17:12 Watford, meanwhile, are still without Lloyd Doyley (thigh) and John Eustace (back), while defender Martin Taylor faces up to three months on the sidelines after suffering a dislocated collarbone against Crystal Palace.
    • 17:10 Middlesbrough's Richie Smallwood will make his first league appearance of the season if he comes on off the bench during today's match. But Nicky Bailey, who picked up a calf injury against Doncaster in midweek, is fit to start.
    • 17:05 Team News... Middlesbrough: Steele, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Robson, Rhys Williams, Bailey, Zemmama, Emnes, McDonald. Subs: Ogbeche, Arca, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun /// Watford: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Dickinson, Yeates, Buaben, Hogg, Deeney, Sordell, Iwelumo. Subs: Gilmartin, Forsyth, Jenkins, Mirfin, Beattie /// Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Matchcast: Middlesbrough v Watford
  • Summary

    • 77' Faris Haroun manages to get to the ball deep on the Middlesbrough right-flank, and his pull back to Marvin Emnes is smartly worked. But Emnes drills his low shot straight into Scott Loach's scooped arms.
    • 71' Well, Middlesbrough should have grabbed their second. Rhys Williams gets to the byline and drills the ball at Scott Loach who parries back into the centre of the penalty area, where sub Faris Haroun is waiting but sends his effort well over the Watford goal.
    • 58' Mark Yeates low cross from the left can't quite pick out Deeney, but the ball does eventually make its way out for a Watford corner. From that delivery, Carl Dickinson's header is parried away by Steele and Boro, who have offered little to nothing so far in this second-half, just about manage to maintain their one-goal advantage.
    • 42' GOAL FOR MIDDLESBROUGH! MIDDLESBROUGH 1-0 WATFORD (Scott McDonald). Boro have the breakthrough as Merouane Zemmama drives in off the left flank, before feeding Barry Robson. Robson in turn plays the ball through to McDonald whose initial shot is saved by Scott Loach, but the winger is there to follow-up the rebound and stab the ball home. But McDonald was in an offside position when initially receiving the ball from Robson.
    • 39' Tony McMahon sends a hanging cross from the right-flank towards Emnes ghosting in at goal but he can't quite gather the ball in his stride and the ball goes out for a Watford goal-kick. Good chance for Boro, that
    • 34' Mark Yeates sends an inviting free-kick towards the Boro back post and Troy Deeney's cut back is smothered out for a Watford corner. The home side being put under a little bit of extra pressure now.
    • 23' From the resulting corner, Adrian Mariappa has a free header in the Boro box but it is Marvin Sordell who inadvertently blocks the Watford skipper's goalbound effort on the goalline, and Tony Mowbray's men somehow hang on.
    • 22' The ball finds its way through to Chris Iwelumo who is onside and, with Matthew Bates closing in, fizzes a shot from out side the penalty area which Jason Steele is called on to dive and turn the ball around his near post.
    • 8' Corner for Middlesbrough, and Tony McMahon's delivery eventually makes its way through a host of Watford bodies towards Marvin Emnes lurking at the back post, but he drags his shot wide of goal. That's three strong goalscoring chances inside the opening ten minutes for Boro.
    • 4' Middlesbrough are providing all of the early pressing and have pinned Watford back into their own half. Tony McMahon finds Scott McDonald out on the left and he hits a sweetly-struck volley into the ground that is palmed away one-handed by 'keeper Loach.
    • 2' From the kick-off, Barry Robson collects the ball out on the left and drills at goal, forcing Scott Loach into a fine save low to his left to prevent 'Boro gaining a very early lead.
    • 17:05 Team News... Middlesbrough: Steele, McMahon, McManus, Bates, Bennett, Robson, Rhys Williams, Bailey, Zemmama, Emnes, McDonald. Subs: Ogbeche, Arca, Martin, Smallwood, Haroun /// Watford: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Dickinson, Yeates, Buaben, Hogg, Deeney, Sordell, Iwelumo. Subs: Gilmartin, Forsyth, Jenkins, Mirfin, Beattie /// Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Matchcast: Middlesbrough v Watford

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