• Date: Sat 10 April 2010
  • Venue: The Riverside Stadium
  • Ref: Singh, J
  • Attendance: 19,932

Middlesbrough vs Sheffield Wednesday

Team Lineups

Middlesbrough

Brad Jones
Justin Hoyte
Stephen McManus
David Wheater
Kyle Naughton
Barry Robson
Julio Arca
Rhys Williams
Jonathan Franks
Scott McDonald
Leroy Lita

Sheffield Wednesday

Lee Grant
Tommy Spurr
Darren Purse
Mark Beevers
Eddie Nolan
Darren Potter
James O'Connor (Etienne Esajas, 76)
Jermaine Johnson
Tom Soares
Marcus Tudgay (Francis Jeffers, 80)
Luke Varney

Match Report
Scott McDonald scored the only goal of the game as Middlesbrough edged a 1-0 victory at home to Sheffield Wednesday. For the second successive match skipper Gary O'Neil was not included in the Boro squad. O'Neil has been one of Middlesbrough's most influential players this season, but his absence is for financial reasons. As part of the transfer agreement with Portsmouth four years ago, Boro agreed to pay an extra £1million pound if the midfielder made 100 first-team appearances. O'Neil is on the 99 mark and Middlesbrough are reluctant to pay out the seven-figure fee at this stage in the season, especially as his contract runs out at the end of the season. Relegation fighting Wednesday made a late change with Jermaine Johnson taking over from Leon Clarke, who was named in the original squad. There was no official announcement over Clarke's absence though he could have been injured in the warm-up. If Boro had anticipated a defensive Wednesday approach with quick counterattacks, they were in for a surprise at the start. Wednesday put the accent on attack in a bid to get out of the relegation zone and received tremendous vocal backing from the 2,442 visiting fans in the 19,932 crowd. Bradley Jones was called into action on several occasions, with the Boro keeper the target off the boo-boy' early in the season, but he has redeemed himself in the eyes of the home fans. Wednesday keeper Lee Grant went full length to save a 30-yard shot by Leroy Lita. Middlesbrough went ahead five minutes before half-time when former Celtic striker McDonald scored with a deflected shot that gave Grant no chance. Wednesday went in search of an equaliser after the break and Luke Varney was unlucky when he headed on to the bar from a Darren Potter corner. Boro hit back and Grant brilliant saved a 25-yard Rhys Williams shot. Both teams played with competitive spirit and the result was in the balance until the final whistle although there was a lack of attacking flare. Wednesday face an anxious finale with the home derby against Sheffield United next Saturday of vital importance, to be followed by games against Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

80
Substitution
 

Sheff Wed are replacing Marcus Tudgay with Francis Jeffers.

76
Substitution
 

James O'Connor is being taken off, Etienne Esajas has come on in his place.

60
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Stephen McManus.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

40
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Scott McDonald putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, April 10th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Middlesbrough face Sheff Wed at 3pm on Saturday, April 10th.