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  • Date:2010-01-30
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:17865
  • Referee:Webster, C

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

85mins

Bristol City are replacing Lewin Nyatanga with Ivan Sproule.

73mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Leroy Lita with Jonathan Franks.

71mins

Nicky Maynard is replaced by Danny Haynes.

68mins

Louis Carey is booked for unsporting behaviour.

64mins

Justin Hoyte is being taken off, Julio Arca has come on in his place.

58mins

Patrick Agyemang is booked for unsporting behaviour.

57mins

It's red. He's off. Barry Robson has been sent off.

50mins

The referee has booked Lewin Nyatanga.

46mins

Cole Skuse is replaced by Marvin Elliott.

46mins

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

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

32mins

The referee has booked Barry Robson.

0mins

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

0mins

Middlesbrough face Bristol City at 3pm on Saturday, January 30th.


Match Report

Midfielder Barry Robson was sent off on his home debut for Middlesbrough as they were held to a goalless draw by Bristol City.

Robson, a recent £600,000 purchase from Celtic, was dismissed in the 56th minute when shown his second yellow card for a foul.

Middlesbrough hoped to follow up their impressive 4-1 midweek win over Doncaster against a side reeling from a 6-0 rout by Cardiff City.

In his programme notes, Boro manager Gordon Strachan wrote: "I'm not going to mislead the fans by wearing a scarf and kidding them I have been a Middlesbrough supporter since I was a youngster, but I will strive to give our supporters a team they are proud of. It might take a few months, or it might take a year, but that is our aim.

"Our form in a lot of matches has been good but we have not been getting the results that our performances deserve."

There was pre-match speculation as to whether Boro's England Under-21 international winger Adam Johnson would be making his last appearance at the Riverside Stadium.

The highly-rated Johnson has been linked with Manchester City and Boro fans will await to see whether the super-rich club increase their reported £5million bid before Monday's transfer deadline.

After a quiet opening, Willo Flood had a shot blocked by the City defence after a brilliant run.

Middlesbrough enjoyed the greater possession but failed to achieve a breakthrough against a packed defence.

Robson was booked for a foul after 32 minutes.

There was a lack of atmosphere in the stadium and the game desperately needed a goal to lift the crowd.

Jamal Campbell-Ryce was lively for the visitors but he lacked support.

Immediately after the break, Paul Hartley blasted a shot wide for the Robins.

For Middlesbrough, Johnson broke down the right, cut inside and then unleashed a fierce shot wide.

Chris Killen appeared to miss a glorious chance for Middlesbrough but a linesman's flag had been raised.

Campbell-Ryce tried a long distance shot from near the touchline that had Danny Coyne back-pedalling to check the danger.

In stoppage time, the unmarked David Wheater missed a glorious scoring chance for Middlesbrough when he headed wide from a Gary O'Neil corner.

Bristol City manager Gary Johnson will have been pleased with the resilience of his side after the Cardiff rout, but overall this was a poor advertisement for the Championship with limited thrills and entertainment value.

Middlesbrough

Bristol City

Corners

52

Fouls

1218

Goal attempts

125

Shots off target

101

Offsides

31

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