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Saturday January 31, 2009 Day 24 Finished Riverside Stadium

  1. Boro and Blackburn share spoils

    Boro and Blackburn share spoils

    Middlesbrough withstood a barrage of late pressure as they held on for a 0-0 draw against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Middlesbrough
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • 90' It's all over! Boro hold on for a battling point. This result leaves both sides still floundering at the bottom of the table.
    • 90' It's Blackburn who are pressing in the final moments. Roberts collapses under a Riggott tackle in the box - but no penalty says ref Chris Foy.
    • 90' The corner is cleared to the edge of the Boro box - but a Blackburn player gets a shot on goal. It's cleared off the line! Not sure by who.
    • 89' There's five minutes of added time to come.
    • 88' Another good save from Jones - he parries the ball behind for a corner after Jason Roberts had muscled his way into the Boro box on the right and powered a shot towards the near post.
    • 86' Dunn shoots on target again after Samba had teed him up in the box. It's a weak effort though, and Jones saves.
    • 84' He smacks it straight into the Rovers wall.
    • 84' This is a long, long way out, but Alves is lining up a shot.
    • 83' Pedersen hacks down Bates 35 yards from the Blackburn goal as the hosts counter. Free-kick to Boro, and the Norwegian is booked.
    • 79' David Dunn dances past two Boro defenders on the edge of the area, and curls a low shot towards the bottom left corner - but Jones palms the ball behind for a corner. Good save.
    • 77' Blackburn look the more likely to make the breakthrough now.
    • 76' Dunn tries a bicycle kick from eight yards out after Samba headed on a long throw-in at the near post - but it flies over Brad Jones's crossbar.
    • 75' There's a scramble in the Boro box. Roberts just fails to get a shot away inside the six-yard box, and Wheater seemed to handle - probably accidently. Chris Foy lets play continue.
    • 74' Blackburn have suddenly upped the tempo.
    • 72' That's McCarthy's last input - he's replaced by Jason Roberts.
    • 70' Now McCarthy is booked for barging into Walker.
    • 69' Alves shoots - but it's blocked and cleared.
    • 68' So Boro have a free-kick right on the edge of the Rovers area on the left. Alves is lining up a shot.
    • 67' Alves wastes no time in getting involved. He receives the ball on the left wing and beats Nelsen. But the Kiwi gets back to foul the Brazilian as he bears in on goal - and Chris Foy books Nelsen, quite rightly.
    • 66' Double change for Boro: Tuncay is now replaced by Alves, and Emnes - who scored in the cup last weekend - is on for King.
    • 64' Boro deal with the second Rovers corner in quick succession easily enough.
    • 63' The corner's cleared to Tugay on the edge of the box. He shoots - and Jones tips the ball over. Great shot, better save.
    • 62' Blackburn deal well with it and launch an attack of their own. They force a corner.
    • 61' Yes, you guessed it. Boro goal kick. The hosts now have another free-kick just inside their opponents' half and will whack it high into the box.
    • 60' Here's a conundrum for you...Stephen Warnock + 30-yard shot at goal = ??
    • 59' Actually, Nelsen may have handled in getting that ball away.
    • 58' Dull play from Boro. They win a free-kick two yards inside the Rovers half, pack the visitors box with big men, wallop the ball forward...and Blackburn clear.
    • 57' Blackburn work the ball wide to Warnock near the Boro box on the left. But the full-back miscues his cross badly and the ball flies out for a goal-kick to the home side.
    • 56' Tuncay comes back on, and Alves is told to sit down.
    • 55' Downing whips it in towards the near post - and Riggott nods it just over! That's the closest we've come to a goal.
    • 54' Boro have a corner on the right.
    • 53' We've got a bleeder! Tuncay is gushing blood from his nose all over the Riverside pitch. He goes off to receive treatment. Afonso Alves is getting ready to come on.
    • 52' We've got another injury. Tuncay collapses like a sack of spuds after a clash of heads with big Chris Samba in the Rovers box.
    • 50' McCarthy fouls Pogatetz in frustration as the Boro defender shielded the ball into touch. That allows the change to be made: Dunn on for Emerton in the Rovers midfield.
    • 49' It looks like a pulled muscle for Emerton. He'll have to come off. David Dunn is getting ready to join the fray.
    • 48' Blackburn clear. The ball's worked to Emerton on the right wing. The Australian shows some lovely skill to beat his marker but has injured himself in the process somehow.
    • 47' Lively start to the second half from Boro. They force a corner on the left.
    • 46' Boro kick-off and the second half is under way.
    • - Welcome back. The teams are out for the second half.
    • 45' That's it - the first half is over. It's 0-0, with both sides being pretty cautious. It's far from a classic - the best chance of a goal looks likely to be through a Brad Jones howler. Join us 15 minutes for part two of this relegation dogfight.
    • 44' Santa Cruz latches on to a high through ball and is one-on-one with the keeper - but the linesman says he controlled the ball with his arm. The replay confirms that the official was bang on. Free-kick Boro.
    • 44' Only joking. Tugay is, of course, a sprightly 38.
    • 43' Andrews has to come off. Tugay, who looks every one of his 398 years, comes on.
    • 42' There's some pushing and shoving from the resulting corner. Chris Foy gives everybody a jolly good talking to then eventually gives Boro a free-kick.
    • 41' Jones is having a very strange afternoon in the Boro goal. He's just side-footed a Santa Cruz shot away for a corner. He seemed to lose the flight of the ball as it came towards him.
    • 40' And Keith Andrews seems to have done himself a mischief as he tried to block that Tuncay shot. He's going off to receive treatment.
    • 39' Boro launch another counter-attack. The ball's worked to Tuncay on the right. The Turk cuts in on to his left foot and shoots low - but it rolls straight at Paul Robinson.
    • 38' Boro clear their lines.
    • 37' That shot must have taken a deflection because it's a corner.
    • 36' Blackburn hurl a long throw into the Boro box - it's cleared to Grella on the edge of the box. He shoots low, and the ball almost sneaks in at Jones's left-hand post but rolls inches wide. Good effort from Grella.
    • 35' Jones then launches a counter-attack. The ball goes from one end to the other, and Adam Johnson fires marginally wide from 20 yards out. Great effort from the youngster - he's been Boro's best player so far.
    • 34' Now Blackburn win a free-kick 35 yards out from the Boro goal on the right. It's crossed in but Jones collects at the second attempt.
    • 33' Downing takes - Blackburn clear.
    • 32' Adam Johnson wins a free-kick on the very edge of the Blackburn box wide on the left after his lively run was ended by a Grella foul. The delivery will have to be better than the earlier free-kick Johnson won in a very similar position.
    • 29' Brad Jones looks like a disaster waiting to happen by the way. And the home crowd are getting on his back for giving the ball away repeatedly from restarts.
    • 28' Blackburn attack on the left again. Warnock bursts into the box and gets a toe to the ball just ahead of the onrushing Brad Jones. Warncok cuts the ball back to McCarthy, who curls a shot at goal - but it's five feet wide. That's probably the closest either side have come so far.
    • 26' Tuncay goes on a mazy run towards the Blackburn goal but loses the ball as he darts straight into Ryan Nelsen.
    • 25' Some slick passing in midfield from Blackburn frees Pedersen on the left. But the winger balloons a cross towards the opposite corner flag. Woeful.
    • 22' Downing is playing on the right wing today - an intriguing tactic from Southgate, who's also been playing the sometime England man in a Maradona-style 'free role' recently. Anyway, Downing is caught offside on the right as Boro look to attack.
    • 20' The ball is cleared to Andrews on the edge of the box. He does well to work room for a shot, but he doesn't get any power behind his effort and it's straight at Jones. All in all, not a great shot.
    • 19' Rovers win a corner on the left.
    • 18' Bates and Pedersen collide badly in midfield. The Boro player is hurt, but he's OK to carry on.
    • 17' Blackburn put a nice move together. Emerton is picked out in the box with a dinked ball. He looks to shoot but a defender gets back to clear.
    • 15' It's crossed into the Blackburn box. King gets his head on it, but it bounces off the top of his bonce and into Paul Robinson's arms.
    • 14' Boro have a free-kick 25 yards out wide on the left.
    • 11' Jones collects the Blackburn corner confidently. That's more like it Brad.
    • 10' Brad Jones is called into action again. He races off his line to beat McCarthy to a high ball forward wide on the left. It's risky from the keeper, but he gets there first and heads the ball behind for a corner. Unconventional stuff from the recalled Aussie.
    • 7' Benni McCarthy unleashes a pea-roller of a shot from the edge of the box. Brad Jones collects.
    • 6' The resulting free-kick gives Boro the chance to get the ball into the box. They've basically got four centre-backs playing in defence today, so they should be a threat in the air if they get forward. But the free-kick is overhit by Johnson. It goes for a Rovers goal-kick.
    • 5' Chris Foy reaches into his pocket early on as Andre Ooijer hacks down Adam Johnson on the left wing as the Boro player broke forward.
    • 3' There's also a home debut for Marlon King for Boro today. He's preferred to Afonso Alves, who's been a bit of a flop since arriving for big bucks a year ago. Alves is on the bench.
    • 2' Chris Foy is our ref for the day.
    • 1' Blackburn kick-off to get the match under way at the Riverside.
    • - The main team news for Boro is that Gareth Southgate has dropped keeper Ross Turnbull and brought in Brad Jones between the sticks. Blackburn, meanwhile, bring Santa Cruz into the starting line-up. With the transfer window deadline on Monday, could this be his last match for Rovers?
    • - Welcome to LIVE minute-by-minute commentary of Boro v Blackburn in the Premier League. The teams are out on the pitch, and we should get going in a minute or two.
  • Team Stats

    Middlesbrough Stats Blackburn Rovers
    44% Possession 55%
    8 Shots 18
    1 Shots on target 10
    4 Saves 1
    3 Corners 9
    16 Fouls 9
    4 Offsides 4
    0 Yellow cards 4
    0 Red cards 0
    20 Tackles 18
    230 Accurate passes 289
    36 Bad passes 52
  • Player Stats

    G =
    Goals
    S =
    Shots
    SoT =
    Shot on Target
    F =
    Fouls
    FW =
    Fouls Won
    O =
    Offsides
    A =
    Assists
    AP =
    Accurate Passes
    BP =
    Bad Passes
    T =
    Tackles
    • Middlesbrough
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      22 Bradley Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1 0
      14 Robert Huth 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 24 2 4
      31 David Wheater 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 22 2 2
      6 Emanuel Pogatetz 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 21 8 4
      26 Matthew Bates 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 20 2 2
      5 Chris Riggott 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 20 1 4
      41 Josh Walker 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 33 6 1
      28 Adam Johnson 0 1 0 0 6 0 0 21 6 2
      19 Stewart Downing 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 28 5 1
      16 Marlon King 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 13 2 0
      17 Tuncay Sanli 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 15 0 0
      12 Afonso Alves 0 3 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0
      29 Anthony McMahon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      11 Marvin Emnes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0
      21 Ross Turnbull 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      2 Justin Hoyte 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      20 Julio Arca 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      15 Mohamed Shawky 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    • Blackburn Rovers
      G S SoT F FW O A AP BP T
      1 Paul Robinson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 0
      4 Christopher Samba 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 19 1 0
      3 Stephen Warnock 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 32 13 6
      7 Brett Emerton 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 21 1 1
      2 Andre Ooijer 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 33 0 2
      6 Ryan Nelsen 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 18 2 1
      17 Keith Andrews 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 12 1 1
      11 Vincenzo Grella 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 32 3 3
      12 Morten Gamst Pedersen 0 2 0 4 2 1 0 25 11 2
      10 Benedict McCarthy 0 2 0 3 0 2 0 15 3 0
      9 Roque Santa Cruz 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 25 5 0
      19 Carlos Villanueva 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      38 Mark Bunn 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      8 David Dunn 0 5 4 1 0 0 0 19 2 0
      30 Jason Roberts 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 5 2 1
      5 Kerimoglou Tugay 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 26 7 1
      22 Danny Simpson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
      21 Gaël Givet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  • Summary

    • 90' It's Blackburn who are pressing in the final moments. Roberts collapses under a Riggott tackle in the box - but no penalty says ref Chris Foy.
    • 90' The corner is cleared to the edge of the Boro box - but a Blackburn player gets a shot on goal. It's cleared off the line! Not sure by who.
    • 76' Dunn tries a bicycle kick from eight yards out after Samba headed on a long throw-in at the near post - but it flies over Brad Jones's crossbar.
    • 63' The corner's cleared to Tugay on the edge of the box. He shoots - and Jones tips the ball over. Great shot, better save.
    • 55' Downing whips it in towards the near post - and Riggott nods it just over! That's the closest we've come to a goal.
    • 44' Santa Cruz latches on to a high through ball and is one-on-one with the keeper - but the linesman says he controlled the ball with his arm. The replay confirms that the official was bang on. Free-kick Boro.
    • 41' Jones is having a very strange afternoon in the Boro goal. He's just side-footed a Santa Cruz shot away for a corner. He seemed to lose the flight of the ball as it came towards him.
    • 36' Blackburn hurl a long throw into the Boro box - it's cleared to Grella on the edge of the box. He shoots low, and the ball almost sneaks in at Jones's left-hand post but rolls inches wide. Good effort from Grella.
    • 35' Jones then launches a counter-attack. The ball goes from one end to the other, and Adam Johnson fires marginally wide from 20 yards out. Great effort from the youngster - he's been Boro's best player so far.
    • 28' Blackburn attack on the left again. Warnock bursts into the box and gets a toe to the ball just ahead of the onrushing Brad Jones. Warncok cuts the ball back to McCarthy, who curls a shot at goal - but it's five feet wide. That's probably the closest either side have come so far.

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • B. Jones
      • D. Wheater
      • C. Riggott
      • R. Huth
      • E. Pogatetz
      • M. Bates
      • J. Walker
      • A. Johnson
      • S. Downing
      • M. King Substitution Out (66′)
      • T. Sanli

      Subs

      • J. Arca
      • J. Hoyte
      • R. Turnbull
      • A. Alves Substitution In66′
      • M. Emnes Substitution In66′
      • T. McMahon
      • M. Shawki
    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • A. Ooijer Yellow Card
      • R. Nelsen Yellow Card
      • C. Samba
      • S. Warnock
      • K. Andrews Substitution Out (43′)
      • V. Grella
      • B. Emerton Substitution Out (50′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen Yellow Card
      • B. McCarthy Yellow Card Substitution Out (72′)
      • R. Santa Cruz

      Subs

      • D. Dunn Substitution In50′
      • J. Roberts Substitution In72′
      • G. Givet
      • C. Villanueva
      • D. Simpson
      • M. Bunn
      • T. Kerimoglu
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