• Date: Mon 05 April 2010
  • Venue: Home Park
  • Ref: Mathieson, S
  • Attendance: 11,770
0 - 2
Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough

McManus (22)

Franks (90)

Plymouth Argyle vs Middlesbrough

Team Lineups

Plymouth Argyle

David Stockdale
Reda Johnson
Bondz N'Gala
Onismor Bhasera
Karl Duguid
Chris Clark
Damien Johnson
Alan Judge (Rory Fallon, 74)
Jamie Mackie
Bradley Wright-Phillips (Yannick Bolasie, 62)
Joe Mason

Middlesbrough

Brad Jones
Justin Hoyte
Stephen McManus
Rhys Williams
David Wheater
Kyle Naughton
Jay O'Shea (Jonathan Franks, 83)
Barry Robson
Julio Arca
Leroy Lita (Scott McDonald, 64)
Lee Miller (Chris Killen, 77)

Match Report
A headed goal midway through the first half from Stephen McManus and Jonathan Franks' late killer blow left Plymouth Argyle in deep relegation trouble following a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough. McManus headed home Barry Robson's free-kick to secure all three points against the Pilgrims, for who Alan Judge missed a penalty just before half-time. Franks rounded things off when Boro broke from a corner that had seen Argyle goalkeeper David Stockdale go up and Franks slotted into an unguarded net. Argyle went close after Chris Clark engineered a breakaway from Jamie Mackie, whose low cross was turned just past the post by David Wheater. Reda Johnson headed Judge's subsequent corner wide. Boro took advantage of some slack marking in the Argyle box to open the scoring midway through the first half after the Home Park visitors had won a free-kick on the right. McManus was allowed far too much time and space to rise and nod home an in-swinging delivery from his captain Robson. The Pilgrims spurned the opportunity to get back into the game just before half-time when Judge's shot from just outside the area was handled by Justin Hoyte and referee Scott Mathieson awarded a penalty. Judge, who had scored three previous times from the spot this season, stepped up, but found Brad Jones impassable as the Australian goalkeeper saved low to his right. Boro were able to hold Argyle at arm's length after the interval, with two Mackie efforts - one low and wide and one slashed well off target - the only time they were put under pressure. Stockdale kept the Pilgrims in the game, saving well from Robson's powerful drive, before Boro substitute Scott McDonald should have finish off Argyle but failed to get anything on Lee Miller's cross from just a few yards. Argyle head coach Paul Mariner tried hard to spice up his side with some imaginative substitutions but to no avail.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Jonathan Franks putting it in the back of the net.

85
Yellow Card
 

Rhys Williams is booked for unsporting behaviour.

83
Substitution
 

Jay O'Shea is replaced by Jonathan Franks.

77
Substitution
 

Lee Miller is replaced by Chris Killen.

75
Yellow Card
 

Karl Duguid goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

75
Yellow Card
 

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

74
Substitution
 

Alan Judge is replaced by Rory Fallon.

64
Substitution
 

Leroy Lita is replaced by Scott McDonald.

62
Substitution
 

Bradley Wright-Phillips is replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

Second half
 

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

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

42
Yellow Card
 

Justin Hoyte goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

40
Yellow Card
 

Leroy Lita is booked for dissent.

22
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Stephen McManus putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

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

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Plymouth face Middlesbrough at 3pm on Monday, April 5th.