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Romain Vincelot receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Casper Ankergren. Effort on goal by Scott McDonald from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Billy Paynter results in a free kick. Rhys Williams takes the direct free kick.
Tony McMahon decides to take the corner short.
Will Buckley crosses the ball, Headed effort from close range by Ashley Barnes goes wide left of the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Will Buckley. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Billy Paynter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Bates. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Will Buckley. Direct free kick taken by Will Buckley.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Julio Arca on Gonzalo Jara Reyes. Gonzalo Jara Reyes restarts play with the free kick. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalo Jara Reyes by Bart Ogbeche. Gonzalo Jara Reyes takes the direct free kick. The referee shows Bart Ogbeche a yellow card.
Matthew Bates has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes by Matthew Bates. Mauricio Taricco crosses the ball in from the free kick, Matthew Bates makes a clearance.
Romain Vincelot challenges Nicky Bailey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Ashley Barnes has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Barry Robson goes off and Kevin Thomson comes on.
Kazenga LuaLua delivers the ball, clearance made by Julio Arca.
Craig Noone goes off and Billy Paynter comes on. Ashley Barnes is brought on as a substitute for Craig Mackail-Smith.
Bart Ogbeche comes on in place of Marvin Emnes.
The ball is delivered by Scott McDonald, Casper Ankergren manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Mauricio Taricco makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Scott McDonald, Foul by Gonzalo Jara Reyes on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon. The referee shows Gonzalo Jara Reyes a yellow card.
Shot by Matthew Bates from a long way out goes over the net.
The ball is swung over by Kazenga LuaLua.
Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Noone. Direct free kick taken by Liam Bridcutt.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Kazenga LuaLua. Liam Bridcutt restarts play with the free kick.
Will Buckley is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Sparrow.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, clearance made by Romain Vincelot.
Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gonzalo Jara Reyes on Barry Robson. Tony McMahon crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Casper Ankergren.
Marvin Emnes takes a shot.
Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Matthew Sparrow on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, save by Casper Ankergren.
Malaury Martin takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Kazenga LuaLua delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gordon Greer on Scott McDonald. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon, Matthew Bates conjures a right-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow by Tony McMahon. Tony McMahon booked. Free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.
Marvin Emnes fouled by Mauricio Taricco, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Unfair challenge on Mauricio Taricco by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.
Kazenga LuaLua concedes a free kick for a foul on Tony McMahon. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Craig Mackail-Smith takes a shot.
Corner from left by-line taken by Kazenga LuaLua.
Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauricio Taricco. Direct free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.
Craig Noone concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott McDonald. Craig Noone is shown a yellow card. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Malaury Martin.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Taricco by Scott McDonald. Mauricio Taricco restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Kazenga LuaLua.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Mackail-Smith. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kazenga LuaLua. Barry Robson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Kazenga LuaLua, Jason Steele makes a save.
Marvin Emnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mauricio Taricco. Malaury Martin on for Merouane Zemmama. Lewis Dunk takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joe Bennett.
Barry Robson has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Lewis Dunk.
Tony McMahon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Sparrow. Free kick crossed right-footed by Liam Bridcutt from left channel, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Kazenga LuaLua. Free kick taken by Jason Steele. Booking for Kazenga LuaLua for unsporting behaviour.
Scott McDonald grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Brighton.The assist for the goal came from Joe Bennett.
Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Kazenga LuaLua. Free kick taken by Mauricio Taricco.
Joe Bennett challenges Craig Noone unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara Reyes.
A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, clearance made by Gordon Greer.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Bridcutt on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Kazenga LuaLua produces a cross, Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.
Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Mackail-Smith. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick, Kazenga LuaLua has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Craig Noone goes wide right of the goal.
Scott McDonald is adjudged to have handled the ball. Casper Ankergren takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Robson, clearance by Mauricio Taricco.
Corner taken by Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes a corner.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, save by Casper Ankergren.
Effort from the edge of the area by Merouane Zemmama goes wide of the left-hand post.
Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Gordon Greer takes the direct free kick.
Martin makes case for start
Midfielder Malaury Martin could earn his first start for Middlesbrough against Brighton after his injury-time winner against Bristol City last weekend.
Martin came off the bench to score a stunning free-kick in the dying moments of the 1-0 win, and could be named in Tony Mowbray's starting XI for the first time since his summer move from Blackpool.
The Frenchman's inclusion, possibly for Julio Arca, could be the only change as manager Tony Mowbray looks to build on his side`s first win in five matches.
Scotland midfielder Kevin Thomson (hamstring) played for the reserves on Monday but is unlikely to be risked.
Barry Robson (thigh) and Rhys Williams (ankle) remain doubtful.
Brighton look set to be without regular full-backs Inigo Calderon and Marcos Painter.
Spanish right-back Calderon missed last week's win over Nottingham Forest through suspension but he is still sidelined by a knee injury.
Left-back Painter is struggling with a hamstring problem so boss Gus Poyet is set to stick with his fellow South Americans Mauricio Taricco and Gonzalo Jara Reyes in the full-back spots.
Winger Ryan Harley (groin) and forward Will Hoskins (knee) will be handed fitness checks after missing out against Forest, but Will Buckley is pushing for a start after climbing off the bench to hit Albion's late winner.
Defender Tommy Elphick (Achilles) and midfielder Gary Dicker (broken leg) are still out.
Ankergren horror show hands Boro win
An awful error from Brighton goalkeeper Casper Ankergren enabled Middlesbrough to boost their promotion prospects with a 1-0 victory at the Riverside Stadium.
The Seagulls arrived on Teesside having won their last three league games to move within touching distance of the npower Championship play-offs.
However, they conceded what proved to be the game's only goal in the 22nd minute when Ankergren, under no pressure, spilled a left-wing cross from Joe Bennett and Scott McDonald pounced to convert from close range at the second attempt.
Brighton had hit the woodwork through Kazenga LuaLua prior to McDonald's strike, his fifth of the season, yet they created little else and could have few complaints about the final result.
Middlesbrough, who now lie just five points behind leaders Southampton in fourth, also struggled to display their best form in the final third, but that is unlikely to be of great concern to manager Tony Mowbray after his side held out with relative comfort for only their fourth home league win this term.
Barry Robson returned to Boro's starting line-up after recovering from a thigh injury, while Marouane Zemmama was promoted from the bench to replace Faris Haroun.
Brighton made three changes, with Romain Vincelot, Matt Sparrow and LuaLua coming in for Alan Navarro, Ashley Barnes and Billy Paynter.
The hosts were the first to threaten when Zemmama volleyed wide from the edge of the area in the sixth minute.
A succession of Middlesbrough corners followed, but Craig Noone then fired narrowly wide for Brighton before a free-kick was touched to LuaLua, who struck the outside of Luke Steele's right-hand post from 25 yards.
Boro were gifted the lead soon after as Ankergren failed to deal with a seemingly innocuous cross from left-back Bennett.
Zemmama then limped off to be replaced by Malaury Martin, before a furious Robson went into the book for dissent, the Scot having accused LuaLua of taking a dive.
Ankergren had to be alert to parry away another Bennett cross shortly before half-time, while Martin, who scored a stunning injury-time winner against Bristol City last weekend, fired wide from a free-kick.
Brighton began the second half with renewed energy and Gordon Greer should have done better when heading over from a LuaLua corner.
Following a series of late challenges from players on either side, Matthew Bates then wasted a golden opportunity to double Boro's lead in the 53rd minute. The skipper was left unmarked from Tony McMahon's inswinging free-kick, but volleyed over from 10 yards.
Ankergren was once again guilty of poor handling five minutes later as he fumbled another McMahon set-piece towards Robson, who could not react quickly enough to head home the rebound.
Boro continued to press forward as the hour mark passed, but they were unable to find a second goal and suffered another injury blow when Marvin Emnes was forced off, Bart Ogbeche coming on in his place.
There was more positive news for the Teessiders when Kevin Thomson returned from his hamstring problem as a late substitute for the influential Robson.
Ogbeche had a chance to make things more comfortable for the home fans late on, only to screw his shot wide after fine work from McDonald, who twice forced Ankergren into action during five minutes of stoppage time.
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