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  • Date:06 Aug 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:18,196
  • Emnes (25) Emnes (23)
    Williams (53)
  • Norris (46) Varney (90)
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96:29 +6.29

Foul by Scott McDonald on Greg Halford, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.

96:08 +6.08

Nwankwo Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte. Joe Bennett restarts play with the free kick.

95:39 +5.39

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, save made by Jamie Ashdown.

93:40 +3.40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Williams, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.

93:03 +3.03

Aaron Mokoena fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.

92:39 +2.39

(Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Merouane Zemmama coming on for Marvin Emnes.

91:31 +1.31

Luke Varney grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-2 Portsmouth.

90:25 +0.25

Ryan Williams takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.

89:49

Dave Kitson fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Greg Halford takes the free kick.

87:55

Unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.

86:12

Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Robson.

84:53

Corner taken short by Barry Robson.

84:11

Shot from 18 yards by Marvin Emnes. Save by Jamie Ashdown.

83:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.

82:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Bates by Luke Varney. Christian Dailly replaces Hayden Mullins. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.

81:50

The ball is swung over by Joel Ward, save made by Carl Ikeme.

81:27

Luke Varney fouled by Tony McMahon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Varney.

81:06

Justin Hoyte produces a cross, save made by Jamie Ashdown.

80:02

Hayden Mullins challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the direct free kick.

78:23

Tony McMahon takes the inswinging corner, Nwankwo Kanu makes a clearance.

77:58

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.

76:39

Tal Ben-Haim challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

74:58

Aaron Mokoena challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Mokoena receives a caution. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.

74:44

Short corner worked by David Norris.

74:30

Luke Varney sends in a cross, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance.

73:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Joel Ward. Joel Ward is booked. Justin Hoyte restarts play with the free kick.

72:58

Corner taken by David Norris from the right by-line, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.

70:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Tal Ben-Haim. Rhys Williams is cautioned. Greg Halford has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

63:07

Nwankwo Kanu on for Ricardo Rocha.

62:37

Ryan Williams on for Hermann Hreidarsson.

60:12

Dave Kitson sends in a cross, clearance made by Rhys Williams.

57:07

The official flags Marvin Emnes offside. The referee shows Hermann Hreidarsson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.

56:31

Centre by Barry Robson.

54:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Greg Halford on Scott McDonald. Greg Halford is given a yellow card. The referee shows Scott McDonald a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Tal Ben-Haim is given a yellow card. Direct free kick taken by Justin Hoyte.

53:29

Rhys Williams gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-1 Portsmouth.Assist by Nicky Bailey.

50:33

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon.

50:14

Luke Varney is adjudged to have handled the ball. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

49:26

Tony McMahon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Hermann Hreidarsson restarts play with the free kick.

49:03 +4.03

Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Blocked by Tony McMahon.

46:35

David Norris fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Mokoena.

46:19 +1.19

Matthew Bates challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.

46:11

Scott McDonald crosses the ball, save made by Jamie Ashdown.

45:55 +0.55

Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hermann Hreidarsson. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Rocha.

45:14

Joel Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Rhys Williams. Matthew Bates restarts play with the free kick.

44:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Luke Varney. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.

43:20

Hayden Mullins takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

42:27

Scott McDonald has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

42:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Tony McMahon. Matthew Bates takes the direct free kick.

41:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tal Ben-Haim on Joe Bennett. Justin Hoyte takes the direct free kick.

40:10

Scott McDonald crosses the ball, Barry Robson has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

36:57

Hayden Mullins concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Free kick crossed by Barry Robson, Ricardo Rocha manages to make a clearance.

36:45

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, Hayden Mullins makes a clearance.

36:10

Aaron Mokoena concedes a free kick for a foul on Rhys Williams. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.

33:01

Justin Hoyte has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

32:03

Tal Ben-Haim crosses the ball, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.

31:28

Luke Varney fouled by Tony McMahon, the ref awards a free kick. David Norris restarts play with the free kick.

29:02

Tal Ben-Haim fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. Tal Ben-Haim restarts play with the free kick.

28:13

Scott McDonald has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

27:29

Shot by Joe Bennett from 25 yards. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.

25:33

A goal is scored by Marvin Emnes from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Portsmouth.The assist for the goal came from Scott McDonald.

21:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Hayden Mullins. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.

20:34

Foul by Barry Robson on Ricardo Rocha, free kick awarded. Ricardo Rocha takes the direct free kick.

19:59

Shot from just outside the penalty box by David Norris misses to the left of the target.

18:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Dave Kitson. Tony McMahon fouled by Hermann Hreidarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

17:03

Ricardo Rocha challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon. Barry Robson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Ashdown.

15:30

Barry Robson sends in a cross.

13:12

Dave Kitson takes a shot. Corner taken by David Norris from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Greg Halford from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

12:55

Hermann Hreidarsson delivers the ball, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.

12:07

Tal Ben-Haim crosses the ball, clearance made by Tony McMahon.

10:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Luke Varney. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.

5:35

Barry Robson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

5:00

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Greg Halford manages to make a clearance.

3:56

Scott McDonald fouled by Aaron Mokoena, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

3:43

The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, clearance by Matthew Bates.

2:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Bates.

1:44

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon. Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jamie Ashdown takes the indirect free kick.

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Formation:442Manager: Tony Mowbray

Middlesbrough

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Cotterill

Portsmouth

  • Carl Ikeme
  • Tony McMahon
  • Stephen McManus
  • Matthew Bates
  • Joe Bennett
  • Justin Hoyte
  • Rhys Williams
  • Nicky Bailey
  • Barry Robson
  • Marvin Emnes
  • Scott McDonald
  • SUBS
  • Merouane Zemmama
  • Tarmo Kink
  • Seb Hines
  • Malaury Martin
  • Richard Smallwood

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Match Report

Varney secures Pompey point Debutant Luke Varney grabbed an injury-time equaliser as Portsmouth twice came from behind to snatch 2-2 draw against Middlesbrough at a rain-soaked Riverside Stadium. Dutch forward Marvin Emnes, who signed a three-year contract extension this week to end speculation linking him with Premier League Swansea, put Boro ahead midway through the first half, only for David Norris - another Pompey new boy - to level shortly after the interval. Rhys Williams quickly restored the hosts' advantage after being played through by Nicky Bailey, but the hosts were unable to find a killer third goal and paid the price when Varney fired home in the second minute of added time. The visitors will be delighted to have avoided a fourth successive opening-day defeat, having seen their opponents create a string of chances in difficult conditions. Carl Ikeme made his debut in goal for Middlesbrough following his loan move from Wolves, while visiting boss Steve Cotterill, who named just four substitutes, handed first competitive starts to summer signings Norris and Varney. Boro were the first to threaten as Barry Robson fired over from distance. Former Middlesbrough loanee Dave Kitson then tested Ikeme at the other end before Robson spurned a clear-cut opportunity in the 18th minute. Tony McMahon's free-kick picked out the former Celtic midfielder 10 yards from goal, but he directed his header straight at Jamie Ashdown. The miss appeared unlikely to be costly as Tony Mowbray's side took the lead through Emnes six minutes later. Strike partner Scott McDonald found his way to the byline before cutting the ball back to the Dutchman, who took a touch before swivelling and drilling a low shot into the bottom left corner, possibly with the aid of a slight deflection. Emnes shot narrowly wide soon after as the rain grew heavier, while McDonald, Justin Hoyte and Robson also went close as Boro threatened to extend their advantage. Pompey had a chance to draw level a minute before the break, but Hayden Mullins failed to keep his shot down after good work from Tal Ben-Haim. It took the visitors less than two minutes to get on the scoresheet in the second half as Norris beat Ikeme with a powerful low shot from 20 yards. However, Boro were soon back ahead as Williams collected a glorious through ball from Bailey before finishing coolly. The goal once again led to a spell of home pressure, but the Teessiders failed to extend their lead. Cotterill introduced veteran forward Kanu and Ryan Williams, the younger brother of Middlesbrough goalscorer Rhys, in a bid to find an equaliser, while Christian Dailly was also brought on with seven minutes remaining. Emnes almost grabbed his second of the game moments later, but Ashdown reacted well to tip his shot over the bar. Varney then popped up to shock the home support after Dailly's initial effort had been blocked.

Form Guide

  • Middlesbrough
  • VS
  • Portsmouth

Last Meetings

  • Portsmouth
  • 0 - 0
  • Middlesbrough
  • 12/03/2011
  • Middlesbrough
  • 2 - 2
  • Portsmouth
  • 02/10/2010
  • Portsmouth
  • 0 - 0
  • Middlesbrough
  • 14/03/1998
  • Middlesbrough
  • 1 - 1
  • Portsmouth
  • 05/11/1997
  • Middlesbrough
  • 4 - 0
  • Portsmouth
  • 03/12/1994
  • Portsmouth
  • 0 - 0
  • Middlesbrough
  • 23/10/1994

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