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Joe Bennett decides to take a short corner.
Foul by Ivan Sproule on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick. The ball is sent over by Barry Robson, clearance made by Marvin Elliott.
The ball is delivered by Joe Bennett, clearance made by Steven Caulker. Short corner taken by Marvin Emnes.
Red card for David James. Leroy Lita scores a penalty. Bristol City 0-4 Middlesbrough.Unfair challenge on Cameron Park by David James results in a Penalty.
Albert Adomah is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Barry Robson takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Lewin Nyatanga.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Liam Fontaine gets a block in.
Cameron Park comes on in place of Gary O'Neil.
Albert Adomah takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jason Steele.
Barry Robson takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Fontaine.
Jamal Campbell-Ryce leaves the field to be replaced by David Clarkson. Albert Adomah fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Brett Pitman crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.
Barry Robson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Bristol City 0-3 Middlesbrough.
Joe Bennett has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Unfair challenge on David Wheater by Albert Adomah results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Ivan Sproule sends in a cross.
Booking for Gary O'Neil. Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Ivan Sproule. Direct free kick taken by Liam Fontaine.
Effort on goal by Brett Pitman from just inside the area clears the bar.
Effort on goal by Marvin Elliott from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Albert Adomah challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
The official flags Albert Adomah offside. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Effort from outside the box by Leroy Lita goes wide right of the target.
Liam Fontaine on for Kalifa Cisse.
Jonathan Stead goes off and Ivan Sproule comes on.
Kris Boyd leaves the field to be replaced by Marvin Emnes.
Close range header by Barry Robson misses to the right of the target.
Leroy Lita goes into the book.
Leroy Lita finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bristol City 0-2 Middlesbrough.Assist by Tony McMahon.
Marvin Elliott is adjudged to have handled the ball. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson from right channel, Steven Caulker makes a clearance. Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Marvin Elliott gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman from the left by-line.
Matthew Bates challenges Jonathan Stead unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Johnson, clearance made by Matthew Bates.
Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Jonathan Stead results in a free kick. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
Tony McMahon takes a shot. Save by David James.
Effort from just outside the area by Lee Johnson goes over the target.
Marvin Elliott takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
Brett Pitman has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
The official flags Jonathan Stead offside. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Kalifa Cisse puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Bristol City 0-1 Middlesbrough.Leroy Lita provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Elliott by David Wheater. Lee Johnson takes the free kick.
Tony McMahon is brought on as a substitute for Justin Hoyte.
Brett Pitman shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Brett Pitman. David Wheater takes the free kick.
Marvin Elliott challenges Jason Steele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Pitman from the left by-line to the near post, Kris Boyd makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Lee Johnson, clearance made by David Wheater.
The ball is delivered by Barry Robson.
The ball is sent over by Gary O'Neil, Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Joe Bennett, comfortable save by David James.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Caulker. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Leroy Lita offside. Free kick taken by David James.
Jonathan Stead sends in a cross.
The ball is delivered by Andrew Taylor.
Andrew Taylor takes a shot. Clearance made by Kalifa Cisse. Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Marvin Elliott.
Effort from long range by Jonathan Stead goes wide right of the target.
Leroy Lita is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Lee Johnson.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kris Boyd. Free kick taken by David James.
Long range shot by Brett Pitman goes wide right of the net.
The official flags Kris Boyd offside. Lee Johnson takes the free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil to the near post, Cole Skuse makes a clearance.
Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save by David James.
Short corner taken by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
The ball is sent over by Albert Adomah, Andrew Taylor makes a clearance.
Matthew Bates concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Stead. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Brett Pitman from right wing, clearance by Kris Boyd.
Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save made by David James. Foul by Lee Johnson on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Matthew Bates restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the match started.
It is the end of the first-half.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Robins set for Caulker boost
On-loan Bristol City defender Steven Caulker could be fit for the visit of Middlesbrough.
Caulker was initially very doubtful for the game after limping out of the FA Cup third-round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.
He suffered a hip injury following a collision with team-mate David James and returned to parent club Tottenham for treatment.
"It didn't look too good to begin with. I didn't think he would be available for this Saturday, but now it looks as though he might be," said City boss Keith Millen. "I spoke to someone at Tottenham on Tuesday and he told me the scan was just a precautionary measure. I'm certainly not ruling Steven out of the Middlesbrough game."
More good news for Millen is the return to fitness of captain Louis Carey. The defender has been out for two months with a series of problems, but came through a reserve-team game this week and is available for selection.
Another defender, Christian Ribeiro, is a doubt after sustaining a hamstring injury against Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Fontaine is on standby to come into the side, while forward Danny Haynes could also be recalled.
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is hoping to have several key men back at his disposal.
Marvin Emnes (foot), Barry Robson (thigh) and Jason Steele (knee), who all missed the 2-1 FA Cup third round defeat at Burton, have returned to training this week.
The trio could all come back in, but midfielder Nicky Bailey is a major doubt after going down with a virus.
Mickael Tavares is out with a fractured toe which will sideline him for at least three weeks, while the club is awaiting the results of scans carried out on teenage striker Luke Williams after he damaged an ankle during the 4-2 FA Youth Cup victory over Doncaster in midweek.
Kevin Thomson continues his battle to return from the after-effects of his leg fracture, but Stephen McManus (ankle ligaments), Willo Flood (knee) and Rhys Williams (pelvis) are still out.
Lita double lifts Boro
Leroy Lita scored twice as Middlesbrough moved further away from the npower Championship relegation zone with a fine 4-0 win at Bristol City.
Tony Mowbray's side looked bright in the first half and went ahead just before the break when Kalifa Cisse turned Lita's cross into his own net.
Lita doubled the visitors' lead against the club where he began his senior career before Barry Robson made it three with a superb solo effort 13 minutes from time.
It got worse for the Robins in the final minute when goalkeeper David James was shown a straight red card for hauling down substitute Cameron Park in the area.
With all their substitutes used, defender Liam Fontaine went in goal for the penalty, which Lita slotted away with aplomb.
The victory extended Boro's unbeaten league run to four matches and moved them four points clear of the bottom three, only two points behind City.
Middlesbrough made an enterprising start and Gary O'Neil left fly with an effort from the edge of the area but James made a good save.
The home side responded and Brett Pitman looked to be clean through on goal after a mistake from Joe Bennett, but opted to take the shot early and it went over.
The game descended into a war of attrition as the half went on with neither side able to fashion a meaningful goalscoring chance.
Boro suffered a blow with half-time approaching when Justin Hoyte was forced off injured but the visitors took the lead two minutes before the break.
Lita got away down the left and drilled in a low cross which Robins midfielder Cisse could only direct into his own net.
Despite suffering that blow at the end of the first half, City started the second half well with Marvin Elliott bringing a decent save out of Steele.
However just as it looked as if they might get back in the game, the home side found themselves 2-0 down with 58 minutes gone.
Tony McMahon whipped in a deep cross which the City defence failed to deal with and Lita headed in at the far post.
Middlesbrough could have been further in front three minutes later but Robson headed wide from close range when perhaps he should have done better.
With 13 minutes remaining Robson made amends and put the game to bed when he skipped past a couple of challenges before sending a precise chip past James.
That sparked a mass exodus of City fans from Ashton Gate and it got worse for those left in the ground in the final minute.
James saw red for bringing down Park and Lita fired past stand-in goalkeeper Fontaine to inflict the Robins' heaviest defeat for the season.
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