• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: Mason, L
  • Attendance: 27,342


Robson (36)

McDonald (74)

2 - 2
Newcastle United

Newcastle United

Lovenkrands (16)

Carroll (82)

Middlesbrough vs Newcastle United

Team Lineups


Danny Coyne
Andrew Taylor
Stephen McManus
Rhys Williams
David Wheater
Kyle Naughton
Gary O'Neil
Barry Robson
Julio Arca
Scott McDonald
Chris Killen (Lee Miller, 87)

Newcastle United

Steve Harper
Fabricio Coloccini (Ryan Taylor, R, 50)
Fitz Hall
Danny Simpson
Tamas Kadar
Kevin Nolan
Danny Guthrie
Jonas Gutierrez
Fabrice Pancrate (Leon Best, 78)
Peter Lovenkrands (Nicky Butt, 70)
Andy Carroll

Match Report
Honours were shared in the north-east derby between Middlesbrough and Newcastle following an entertaining 2-2 draw before a season's best 27,000 crowd at the Riverside Stadium. Middlesbrough were the more impressive side and unfortunate not to record a win that would have boosted their fading promotion play-off hopes. Middlesbrough welcomed back striker Scott McDonald after his recovery from the effects of a hernia operation. Newcastle were seeking a double following a 2-0 December win to strengthen their position as Championship leaders and favourites for the title. Boro appealed for an early penalty when McDonald was brought down but the referee rightly waved on play. The home side enjoyed the bulk of possession without troubling goalkeeper Steve Harper, although there was a shock for home fans when Newcastle went ahead in 16th minute. Denmark International Peter Lovenkrands boosted his scoring reputation when he turned sharply to score his 13th goal of the season from a Jonas Gutierrez pass. Middlesbrough midfielder Barry Robson unleashed a powerful free-kick for the corner of the net only to be denied by a brilliant Harper full-length save. On the run of play, Middlesbrough deserved a goal, especially as Newcastle were struggling to strike top form. A goal arrived in the 36th minute when Robson combined with McDonald and fired in a brilliant shot from just outside the penalty area. Middlesbrough, on the balance of play, should have been ahead at the interval but they lacked a cutting edge. Newcastle manager Chris Hughton no doubt demanded improvement from his team during his half-time pep talk. Middlesbrough, however, pressed strongly for a goal after the break though at the other end Danny Guthrie nearly deceived Danny Coyne with a dipping long-range lob. Middlesbrough were showing their best form of recent weeks even though Harper was not overworked. Julio Arca looked a certain scorer when he was clean through on the left but his shot was saved by Harper's legs. Middlesbrough continued to press and it was no surprise when they went ahead after 74 minutes through McDonald. From a Chris Killen header, McDonald took his chance from close range to score his first goal for the club. But Newcastle are a team that can get reward through grit and resilience even when not on form and in the closing minutes Andy Carroll snatched an equaliser from a Ryan Taylor cross.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Chris Killen is being taken off, Lee Miller has come on in his place.


Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Andy Carroll putting it in the back of the net.

Yellow Card

Scott McDonald goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Newcastle are replacing Fabrice Pancrate with Leon Best.

Yellow Card

Andy Carroll goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Scott McDonald scores for Middlesbrough.


Peter Lovenkrands is being taken off, Nicky Butt has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Tamas Kadar goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Newcastle are replacing Fabricio Coloccini with Ryan Taylor.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 1.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by L Mason


Goal!! Barry Robson scores for Middlesbrough.

Yellow Card

Danny Simpson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Fitz Hall.


Goal!! Newcastle have scored with Peter Lovenkrands putting it in the back of the net.


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

Awaiting Kickoff

Middlesbrough face Newcastle at 3pm on Saturday, March 13th.