• Date: Sat 20 March 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: Hall, A
  • Attendance: 17,082

Middlesbrough vs Reading

Team Lineups


Brad Jones
Justin Hoyte (Kyle Naughton, 65)
Emanuel Pogatetz
Jonathan Grounds
David Wheater
Gary O'Neil
Barry Robson
Julio Arca
Scott McDonald (Leroy Lita, 74)
Chris Killen
Jonathan Franks (Marvin Emnes, 87)


Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ivar Ingimarsson (Zurab Khizanishvili, 90)
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Jay Tabb
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Brian Howard
Shane Long

Match Report
Middlesbrough and Reading shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium. Boro manager Gordon Strachan recalled Brad Jones in goal after a lengthy absence, while Boro were seeking to record a double to boost their fading hopes of a play-off place. Reading, on the other hand, were hoping to extend a magnificent run of eight wins from their last nine league games. There were tremendous gaps in the stands and a subdued atmosphere in the early stages. Chris Killen headed just wide for Middlesbrough from a left-wing cross by Emanuel Pogatetz, before Julio Arca was booked for a foul just outside the penalty area. Jones made a brilliant one-handed save from a Shane Long header following a Jobi McAnuff cross as the Royals responded. Reading soon made it plain that they were out for a win and not to play a defensive game and rely on counter-attacks. They began to step up the pressure, while at the other end Barry Robson tested Adam Federici with a shot from outside the penalty area. Reading were the more impressive side as the interval approached and Middlesbrough could not complain at being on level terms. Boro snatched the lead 75 seconds after the restart when Killen scored with a looping header into a corner of the net following a right-wing cross by Justin Hoyte. The goal livened up the home crowd and at this stage it was to be hoped there would be more thrills to enthuse over. Jimmy Kebe was proving a handful for the home defence and it was surprising that Strachan did not opt to double mark the player on his menacing runs down the right. Kebe was involved in the equalising goal after 63 minutes, though it was a fortunate own goal by Middlesbrough defender David Wheeter. Kebe got the better of Pogatetz and he cut in from the byline to cross the ball into a crowded goalmouth. Wheater could not get out of the way and the ball struck him on the way into the net. Both teams introduced substitutes in the search for a winning goal but without success and a draw did little for either sides' prospects.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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

Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

Yellow Card

Chris Killen is booked for dissent.


Ivar Ingimarsson is replaced by Zurab Khizanishvili.


Middlesbrough are replacing Jonathan Franks with Marvin Emnes.


Middlesbrough are replacing Scott McDonald with Leroy Lita.


Justin Hoyte is being taken off, Kyle Naughton has come on in his place.

Own Goal

Own goal, David Wheater has put it in his own net.

Yellow Card

Barry Robson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Chris Killen putting it in the back of the net.

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.

Yellow Card

Julio Arca goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


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

Awaiting Kickoff

Middlesbrough face Reading at 3pm on Saturday, March 20th.