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  • Killen (47)
  • Wheater (63 og)
  • Date:2010-03-20
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Riverside Stadium
  • Attendance:17082
  • Referee:Hall, A

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Chris Killen is booked for dissent.

90mins

Ivar Ingimarsson is replaced by Zurab Khizanishvili.

87mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Jonathan Franks with Marvin Emnes.

74mins

Middlesbrough are replacing Scott McDonald with Leroy Lita.

65mins

Justin Hoyte is being taken off, Kyle Naughton has come on in his place.

63mins

Own goal, David Wheater has put it in his own net.

56mins

Barry Robson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

47mins

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

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.

21mins

Julio Arca goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

0mins

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

0mins

Middlesbrough face Reading at 3pm on Saturday, March 20th.


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Match Report

Middlesbrough and Reading shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw at the Riverside Stadium.

Boro manager Gordon Strachan recalled Brad Jones in goal after a lengthy absence, while Boro were seeking to record a double to boost their fading hopes of a play-off place.

Reading, on the other hand, were hoping to extend a magnificent run of eight wins from their last nine league games.

There were tremendous gaps in the stands and a subdued atmosphere in the early stages.

Chris Killen headed just wide for Middlesbrough from a left-wing cross by Emanuel Pogatetz, before Julio Arca was booked for a foul just outside the penalty area.

Jones made a brilliant one-handed save from a Shane Long header following a Jobi McAnuff cross as the Royals responded.

Reading soon made it plain that they were out for a win and not to play a defensive game and rely on counter-attacks.

They began to step up the pressure, while at the other end Barry Robson tested Adam Federici with a shot from outside the penalty area.

Reading were the more impressive side as the interval approached and Middlesbrough could not complain at being on level terms.

Boro snatched the lead 75 seconds after the restart when Killen scored with a looping header into a corner of the net following a right-wing cross by Justin Hoyte.

The goal livened up the home crowd and at this stage it was to be hoped there would be more thrills to enthuse over.

Jimmy Kebe was proving a handful for the home defence and it was surprising that Strachan did not opt to double mark the player on his menacing runs down the right.

Kebe was involved in the equalising goal after 63 minutes, though it was a fortunate own goal by Middlesbrough defender David Wheeter.

Kebe got the better of Pogatetz and he cut in from the byline to cross the ball into a crowded goalmouth. Wheater could not get out of the way and the ball struck him on the way into the net.

Both teams introduced substitutes in the search for a winning goal but without success and a draw did little for either sides' prospects.

Middlesbrough

Reading

Corners

67

Fouls

1612

Goal attempts

137

Shots off target

43

Offsides

23

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