• Date: Tue 26 January 2010
  • Venue: Keepmoat Stadium
  • Ref: Tanner, S
  • Attendance: 10,794
1 - 4
Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

Johnson, A (30)

Franks (45)

Lita (66)

Doncaster Rovers vs Middlesbrough

Team Lineups

Doncaster Rovers

Neil Sullivan
James O'Connor
Gareth Roberts
James Chambers
Sam Hird (Byron Webster, 79)
John Spicer (Jordon Mutch, 68)
Mark Wilson
James Coppinger (Sean McDaid, 82)
Billy Sharp
Lewis Guy
Paul Heffernan

Middlesbrough

Danny Coyne
Justin Hoyte (Andrew Taylor, 90)
Jonathan Grounds
Tony McMahon
David Wheater
Willo Flood
Gary O'Neil
Adam Johnson, A
Julio Arca (Joe Bennett, 79)
Chris Killen
Jonathan Franks (Leroy Lita, 56)

Match Report
Middlesbrough ended a run of three successive away defeats to bring a smile to Gordon Strachan's face as they thrashed Doncaster Rovers 4-1 at the Keepmoat Stadium. The Boro boss had seen his side struggle for points since taking charge but they had this match virtually sewn up before the interval. Injury-hit Rovers were their own worst enemies as they made uncharacteristic mistakes in defence. But Boro deserved credit for their tremendous work-rate from the first whistle as they knocked the normally slick passing home side out of their stride by closing them down quickly and refusing to allow them to settle on the ball. When they did have possession Doncaster looked dangerous and Mark Wilson was denied by Danny Coyne from close range in the fifth minute. Both teams tended to cancel each other out in a first half played at 100 miles per hour but Doncaster threatened again when Lewis Guy had a shot blocked in the 23rd minute. Billy Sharp saw another Doncaster effort deflected just wide a couple of minutes later before Middlesbrough struck with a goal completely out of the blue. There seemed to be no danger when highly-rated winger Adam Johnson latched onto the ball 25 yards out but he unexpectedly lashed home a cracking shot to put Boro in front. Strachan's men stunned Rovers again when Johnson pulled the ball back for Jonathan Franks to fire home on the stroke of half-time. Worse was to follow for Doncaster when a bad mix-up between keeper Neil Sullivan and defender James O'Connor led to Leroy Lita adding a third in the 66th minute. Teenage midfielder Jordon Mutch marked his debut for Rovers after signing on-loan from Birmingham City with a magnificent 30-yard strike in the 83rd minute to give the home side some consolation. But it was Boro that had the last word when the impressive Johnson drilled home a 20-yard free-kick in stoppage time.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Substitution
 

Middlesbrough are replacing Justin Hoyte with Andrew Taylor.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Adam Johnson putting it in the back of the net.

90
Yellow Card
 

James O'Connor goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

83
Goal
 

Goal!! Jordon Mutch scores for Doncaster.

82
Substitution
 

Doncaster are replacing James Coppinger with Sean McDaid.

79
Substitution
 

Sam Hird is being taken off, Byron Webster has come on in his place.

79
Substitution
 

Middlesbrough are replacing Julio Arca with Joe Bennett.

68
Substitution
 

John Spicer is being taken off, Jordon Mutch has come on in his place.

66
Goal
 

Goal!! Leroy Lita scores for Middlesbrough.

56
Substitution
 

Jonathan Franks is replaced by Leroy Lita.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 2.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

45
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Jonathan Franks putting it in the back of the net.

30
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Adam Johnson putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Doncaster face Middlesbrough at 7:45pm on Tuesday, January 26th.