• Date: Sat 27 February 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: Woolmer, KA
  • Attendance: 17,568

Middlesbrough vs Queens Park Rangers

Team Lineups


Danny Coyne
Emanuel Pogatetz (Andrew Taylor, 78)
Stephen McManus
David Wheater
Kyle Naughton
Jeremie Aliadiere (Jonathan Franks, 66)
Willo Flood
Gary O'Neil
Barry Robson
Leroy Lita (Julio Arca, 83)
Chris Killen

Queens Park Rangers

Carl Ikeme
Peter Ramage
Damion Stewart
Kaspars Gorkss
Matt Hill (Gary Borrowdale, 53)
Mikele Leigertwood
Akos Buzsaky
Lee Cook
Alejandro Faurlin (Adel Taarabt, 69)
Antonio German (Marcus Bent, 54)
Jay Simpson

Match Report
Two first-half penalties by former Celtic midfielder Barry Robson set Middlesbrough on their way to a 2-0 win against QPR that boosted their play-off chances. Robson, a £600,000 signing in the January transfer window, gave Carl Ikeme no chance when he hit both spot-kicks with tremendous power. Middlesbrough began the game hoping to record a double after a 5-1 win over the London side in December. Mick Harford was probably making his final appearance as QPR's caretaker manager with Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock expected to be in charge next week. Neither attack pressed in the early stages with the goalkeepers having little to do before Middlesbrough's Danny Coyne got down well to save from skipper Mikele Leigertwood in the 25th minute. Middlesbrough enjoyed more possession but the visiting defence allowed them little scope in the penalty area. There was a subdued atmosphere with limited thrills for the 17,000 crowd to enthuse over. Boro went ahead in the 39th minute when the referee ruled Peter Ramage had brought down Jeremie Aliadiere. It seemed a harsh decision when the referee pointed to the spot and QPR players were justifiably angry. Their protests were in vain though and Robson hammered the ball past Ikeme. Six minutes later Kaspars Gorkss brought down Leroy Lita and Robson was again bang on target. In stoppage time, QPR were denied a goal when Coyne made a brilliant save to keep Akos Buzsaky's shot out. QPR, not surprisingly, stepped up their pressure after the break. There was a chance for Jay Simpson to pull a goal back but he just failed to meet a left-wing cross. Middlesbrough packed their penalty area as QPR fought to pull the game round. The home side, however, could have increased their lead in the closing stages when Gary O'Neil shot when two team-mates were in better scoring positions.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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


Leroy Lita is replaced by Julio Arca.


Emanuel Pogatetz is replaced by Andrew Taylor.

Yellow Card

Chris Killen is booked for unsporting behaviour.


QPR are replacing Alejandro Faurlin with Adel Taarabt.


Jeremie Aliadiere is replaced by Jonathan Franks.


QPR are replacing Antonio German with Marcus Bent.


Matt Hill is replaced by Gary Borrowdale.

Second half

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

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by A Woolmer


Barry Robson takes a penalty for Middlesbrough and scores!.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Kaspars Gorkss.


Barry Robson takes a penalty for Middlesbrough and scores!.


It's 3pm on Saturday, February 27th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Middlesbrough face QPR at 3pm on Saturday, February 27th.