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  • Killen (24), O'Neil (35)
  • Colace (65)
  • Date:2010-02-09
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:17775
  • Referee:Boyeson, C

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Kyle Naughton with Justin Hoyte.

77mins

Kieran Trippier is being taken off, Iain Hume has come on in his place.

75mins

Gary O'Neil goes into the referee's book for timewasting.

68mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Chris Killen with Lee Miller.

65mins

Goal!! Barnsley have scored with Hugo Roberto Colace putting it in the back of the net.

58mins

Emil Hallfredsson is being taken off, Adam Hammill has come on in his place.

57mins

Franca Anderson Silva is being taken off, Jay Rodriguez has come on in his place.

46mins

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

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by C Boyeson

35mins

Goal!! Gary O'Neil scores for Middlesbrough.

24mins

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

0mins

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

0mins

Middlesbrough face Barnsley at 8pm on Tuesday, February 9th.


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Match Report

Gordon Strachan introduced his tartan army following the arrival of several Celtic players during the January transfer window as Middlesbrough edged out Barnsley 2-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

Astonishingly, only two Middlesbrough players in the side that lost at Barnsley on December 28 were on show in this game.

Middlesbrough began in determined mood in a bid to avenge a 2-1 defeat and boost their hopes of a promotion play-off place.

Barnsley were forced on the defensive at the start and it was no surprise when Middlesbrough went ahead with a goal by New Zealand international Chris Killen after 24 minutes.

The 28-year-old striker, who hopes to play in the World Cup in the summer, scored from close range following a Gary O'Neil corner on the left.

O'Neil got his name on the scoresheet in the 35th minute when he was unmarked following a brilliant Barry Robson pass with only Luke Steele to beat.

Steele saved well from O'Neil and Jonathan Franks as half-time approached.

Middlesbrough fully deserved their lead and Barnsley manager Mark Robins must have been disappointed with the first-half performance of his team.

Robins, however, must have had strong words during the interval because Barnsley looked more positive and determined after the break.

The visitors pulled a goal back when Hugo Colace shot from outside the penalty area after 65 minutes.

Andy Gray had a chance to level the scores shorty after but he failed to make the most of his header.

Barnsley's Carl Dickinson was booked for a strong challenge from a decision that did not go down well with visiting fans.

From the free kick, O'Neil blasted a shot wide.

Strachan had a nightmare run after he took over from sacked Gareth Southgate in October. He must now hope his second home win will revive the fortunes of his team.

Barnsley had a great chance to snatch a point but substitute Jay Rodriguez headed wide.

Robins must have been heartened with the second-half performance of his team though no doubt he will demand a more committed 90-minute performance.

Middlesbrough

Barnsley

Corners

71

Fouls

1115

Goal attempts

109

Shots off target

66

Offsides

43

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