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  • Date: Sat 24 April 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: McDermid, D
  • Attendance: 20,771
Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

McDonald (52)

1 - 1
Coventry City

Coventry City

Gunnarsson (58)

Middlesbrough vs Coventry City

Team Lineups

Middlesbrough

Brad Jones
Justin Hoyte
Chris Riggott
Stephen McManus
Rhys Williams
Joe Bennett
Barry Robson
Scott McDonald
Jeremie Aliadiere (Jonathan Franks, 73)
Lee Miller (Leroy Lita, 62)
Luke Williams

Coventry City

Keiren Westwood
Stephen Wright (Jordan Clarke, 75)
Martin Cranie
Leon Barnett
Richard Wood
Sammy Clingan
David Bell (Carl Baker, 79)
Aron Gunnarsson
Michael McIndoe
Freddy Eastwood
Clinton Morrison, C (Shaun Jeffers, 84)

Match Report
Middlesbrough will need major surgery in the summer if they are to regain Premier League status after stumbling to a 1-1 draw with Coventry City. Newcastle United and West Brom, who were relegated at the same time last year, have sailed back into the top flight but Middlesbrough have finished Championship also-rans after a disappointing and frustrating season. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson, who has bankrolled the club for a decade, issued a "We'll bounce back" message in the match programme. Gibson wrote: "No-one at the club is under any illusions that this season has not been good enough. We are not happy to have missed out on promotion. "The truth is, of course, that it's been a poor couple of years, especially after the success we enjoyed in the previous decade or so since moving to the Riverside. "I know the last 24 months have not been good enough. But we are not about to lay down and die. No one here is feeling sorry for themselves. "We are going to shrug off the disappointment, roll our sleeves up and work our socks off and make sure that next season is a big improvement on this one. "I am absolutely committed and determined to bring top-flight football back to the Riverside. The club is geared for the Premier League and we will use the summer months wisely to ensure we are in a position to make a determined challenge for promotion." Coventry City manager Chris Coleman will also be happy to see the end of this season. The Sky Blues have not won for ten games and have slid down the table in recent weeks. Coleman, no doubt, will also be eager to rebuild in the summer break. The first half was goalless and disappointing though teenager Luke Williams showed flashes of skill for Middlesbrough. Both teams sprayed passes around but there was a lack of individual flair and penalty area excitement a the game cried out for a goal and Middlesbrough were the first to respond. After Brad Jones had rescued Middlesbrough with a double save, they hit back with Scott McDonald scoring with a shot following a left wing cross from Jeremie Aliadiere. Coventry, however, were not to be denied and deserved an equaliser shortly after through the energetic Aron Gunnarsson. The Sky Blues, in fact, came close to snatching a late winner but overall a draw was a fair result.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

84
Substitution
 

Clinton Morrison is replaced by Shaun Jeffers.

79
Substitution
 

Coventry are replacing David Bell with Carl Baker.

75
Substitution
 

Stephen Wright is being taken off, Jordan Clarke has come on in his place.

73
Substitution
 

Middlesbrough are replacing Jeremie Aliadiere with Jonathan Franks.

62
Substitution
 

Middlesbrough are replacing Lee Miller with Leroy Lita.

59
Yellow Card
 

Stephen Wright goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

58
Goal
 

Goal!! Coventry have scored with Aron Gunnarsson putting it in the back of the net.

52
Goal
 

Goal!! Scott McDonald scores for Middlesbrough.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Middlesbrough face Coventry at 3pm on Saturday, April 24th.