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  • McDonald (15)
  • N'Diaye (45)
  • Date:2010-04-03
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:18428
  • Referee:Salisbury, G

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

87mins

Julian Speroni goes into the referee's book for timewasting.

78mins

Rhys Williams is being taken off, Jay O'Shea has come on in his place.

77mins

Crystal Palace are replacing Alan Lee with Calvin Andrew.

72mins

Nick Carle is being taken off, Sean Scannell has come on in his place.

71mins

Alan Lee is booked for dissent.

61mins

Claude Davis goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

57mins

Chris Killen is being taken off, Leroy Lita has come on in his place.

46mins

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

45mins

Half time whistle is blown by G Salisbury

45mins

Goal!! Alassane N'Diaye scores for Crystal Palace.

42mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Andrew Taylor with Kyle Naughton.

15mins

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Scott McDonald putting it in the back of the net.

0mins

It's 3pm on Saturday, April 3rd, the match has kicked off.

0mins

Middlesbrough face Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday, April 3rd.


Match Report

Middlesbrough's surge for a play-off spot took a knock after they only managed a 1-1 draw with relegation-threatened Crystal Palace at Riverside Stadium.

Alessan N'Diaye's header gave Crystal Palace a vital point in their fight for Championship survival after 'Boro striker Scott McDonald opened the scoring.

Palace went close to breaking the deadlock when Alan Lee picked up possession in opposition territory before crashing a shot off the right-hand upright after beating Stephen McManus and David Wheater.

But it was the hosts who went ahead as McDonald grabbed his second goal for the club on 15 minutes.

He bundled in Gary O'Neil's cross after the skipper was sent clear down the right by Justin Hoyte.

Boro were then denied a penalty just before the interval when Patrick McCarthy misjudged the bounce of the ball and brought down McDonald just as he was shaping to shoot.

Referee Graham Salisbury was unmoved by Boro's appeal's and to rub salt into their wounds, N'Diaye equalised soon after.

Towering French midfielder N'Diaye ensured his side left with a point when he headed Lee's cross home from inside the six-yard box.

Boro had by far the better of a high-tempo second-half and went close shortly after the re-start when Chris Killen's downward header was saved by Palace keeper Julian Speroni.

Substitute Leroy Lita had a chance to give Boro the lead shortly after coming on when he sent a glancing header wide at the far post.

Speroni's stretching dive was enough to push Barry Robson's powerful low drive from 25-yards away soon after.

McDonald also headed on to the roof of the net from a Jonathan Franks cross then Speroni denied O'Neil from a Lita flick.

However, Gordon Strachan's side were unable to find a way through a resolute Palace defence, and it will be Paul Hart and his men who will be happier with the point.

Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace

Corners

115

Fouls

96

Goal attempts

67

Shots off target

24

Offsides

40

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