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Johnny Ertl challenges Leroy Lita unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Daniel Bogdanovic from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Nick Montgomery fouled by Leroy Lita, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.
David Wheater is adjudged to have handled the ball. David Wheater receives a yellow card. Jamie Ward has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Jason Steele makes a comfortable save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Britton. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken by Andy Taylor from the left by-line, Matthew Bates makes a clearance.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Barry Robson, clearance by Kyle Bartley.
Centre by Scott McDonald, blocked by Kyle Bartley.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by David Wheater. Andy Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
Jamie Ward challenges Julio Arca unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.
Jamie Ward takes a corner.
Jamie Ward challenges Matthew Bates unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Taylor replaces Andy Halliday. Free kick taken by Matthew Bates.
Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Quinn.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Richard Cresswell. Matthew Kilgallon takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Quinn is brought on as a substitute for Nyron Nosworthy.
Jamie Ward produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Leon Britton, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 18 yards by Barry Robson. Kyle Bartley gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Bates by Jamie Ward. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Bates.
Nick Montgomery produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Leroy Lita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kris Boyd.
A cross is delivered by Daniel Bogdanovic, blocked by Andy Halliday.
Leon Britton fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Leon Britton takes the free kick.
Daniel Bogdanovic replaces Ched Evans.
Matthew Kilgallon sends in a cross, save made by Kyle Bartley.
Matthew Bates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Matthew Bates receives a yellow card. Richard Cresswell takes the direct free kick.
Nyron Nosworthy delivers the ball.
Corner taken right-footed by Nick Montgomery, comfortable save by Jason Steele.
Short corner taken by Ched Evans.
Jamie Ward takes a outswinging corner.
A cross is delivered by Nick Montgomery, Jason Steele makes a fantastic save.
Foul by Kris Boyd on Johnny Ertl, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.
Andy Taylor delivers the ball.
Foul by Nicky Bailey on Nick Montgomery, free kick awarded. Jamie Ward takes the free kick.
Nyron Nosworthy challenges Andy Halliday unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Kris Boyd grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheff Utd.Assist on the goal came from Scott McDonald.
Matthew Kilgallon delivers the ball.
Barry Robson fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
Andy Halliday delivers the ball, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.
Richard Cresswell fouled by Kris Boyd, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Taylor.
Chris Morgan challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
Julio Arca replaces Tarmo Kink.
A cross is delivered by Nyron Nosworthy.
Barry Robson sends in a cross.
The ball is delivered by Matthew Kilgallon, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Scott McDonald from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Nick Montgomery delivers the ball, Jason Steele makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Ward, save made by Jason Steele.
Shot by Richard Cresswell. Blocked by Matthew Bates.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie Ward, clearance by Kris Boyd.
The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, fantastic save by Jason Steele.
Effort on goal by Tarmo Kink from a long way out goes over the bar.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Kilgallon, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Bates by Richard Cresswell results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Wheater.
The referee blows for offside against Andy Halliday. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Kilgallon, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.
Effort from just outside the area by Nicky Bailey goes over the target.
Barry Robson fouled by Richard Cresswell, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, clearance made by Chris Morgan.
The ball is delivered by Andy Halliday, Ched Evans makes a clearance.
Tarmo Kink gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell. Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 12 yards from Ched Evans. Save by Jason Steele.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Cresswell on Barry Robson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson, blocked by Richard Cresswell.
Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Boyd. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
Richard Cresswell fouled by Tarmo Kink, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Taylor.
Nyron Nosworthy delivers the ball, clearance by Stephen McManus.
Andy Halliday gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nyron Nosworthy. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Taylor, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
Scott McDonald has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save made by Steve Simonsen.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Kilgallon, comfortable save by Steve Simonsen.
Matthew Bates concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. Free kick taken by Nick Montgomery.
The game gets underway.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Kilgallon set for Boro bow
Middlesbrough hope to have central defender Matthew Kilgallon in the squad for the npower Championship clash with Sheffield United.
The Teessiders are working to finalise the 26-year-old's loan switch from neighbours Sunderland in time for him to be available.
However, skipper Gary O'Neil, who played the second half of last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Leicester, is struggling with illness and a knee problem.
Manager Gordon Strachan has been hit too by the loss of defender Seb Hines, who has suffered a reaction to his first 90 minutes since last September on his return from a serious ankle injury for the reserves in midweek, and he is to see a specialist.
Kevin Thomson (fractured fibula), Willo Flood (dislocated knee), Jonathan Franks (herniated disc) and Rhys Williams (pelvic injury) remain on the sidelines, although Tony McMahon (thigh) has returned to training.
Sheffield United manager Gary Speed is expected to make changes for his first game in charge.
Speed, installed as Kevin Blackwell's permanent replacement on Tuesday, will be without striker Darius Henderson and defender Ryan France (both knee) and midfielder Lee Williamson (back) while Nyron Nosworthy (unspecified knock) is unlikely to be included.
Young pair Jordan Chappell and Kingsley James, both included in the matchday squad already this season, could feature in Speed's plans after impressing for the reserves again, while defender Matthew Lowton sits out the last game of his three-match ban.
Fans will be hoping Speed can steer their side to their first win of the season following an opening-day draw at Cardiff and last Saturday's home defeat to QPR, which hastened Blackwell's exit.
Speed off to slow start
Gary Speed's first game in management ended in defeat as Middlesbrough scraped to an unconvincing 1-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.
Kris Boyd grabbed the only goal of the game in the 52nd minute to earn a first league victory of the season for the Teessiders, managed by Speed's former Leeds team-mate Gordon Strachan.
Boyd's strike - his first for the club - was one of few memorable moments in a truly dismal encounter, which saw both sides display a disappointing lack of quality in the final third.
United, who parted company with Kevin Blackwell following last weekend's 3-0 defeat to QPR, slip to the foot of the npower Championship on goals scored.
Yet they will consider themselves unfortunate not to have claimed a point against a Boro side desperately lacking in creativity and invention.
Former Blades defender Matt Kilgallon and teenage winger Andy Halliday were handed their Middlesbrough debuts, while Estonia forward Tarmo Kink made his first start for the club following two substitute appearances.
Speed made just one change to the United side beaten 3-0 by QPR last weekend, with Nyron Nosworthy starting in place of Stephen Quinn.
Scott McDonald wasted a half-chance for Boro in the eighth minute when he scuffed a tame shot straight at United goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.
The only clear-cut opportunity of the opening period arrived nine minutes later, after Boro's Nicky Bailey had been caught in possession by Jamie Ward inside his own half.
Ward slipped a neat pass through to Ched Evans, but the Welshman's low shot was kept out by the left boot of home goalkeeper Jason Steele.
Ward was involved again in the 24th minute when finding Richard Cresswell in the area, but the former Stoke forward lost his footing as he attempted an over-elaborate turn.
The Boro supporters grew increasingly restless as the half-time whistle approached, although they were temporarily roused in the 33rd minute when Kink fired narrowly over with a dipping left-footed shot from 30 yards.
It proved to be the youngster's final meaningful contribution as he was replaced by Julio Arca at the interval.
The home fans were finally given something to shout about seven minutes into the second half as Boyd opened his account for the club.
McDonald's flick-on was misjudged by Blades skipper Chris Morgan and Boyd broke clear before slotting a low left-footed shot across Simonsen and into the corner.
Speed introduced Daniel Bogdanovic in place of Evans in the 66th minute as the visitors searched for an equaliser.
Boyd was withdrawn from the action soon after, with Leroy Lita coming on in his place.
The changes did little to improve the standard of play as both sides continued to labour in the afternoon sun.
Ward spurned an opportunity to pull United level in the 75th minute when he lashed over from the edge of the area following a neat one-two with Johnny Ertl.
United came close again with five minutes remaining as Ward's shot almost deflected into the path of Bogdanovic six yards from goal.
But Boro, who offered next to nothing as an attacking force after Boyd's goal, held on to claim a somewhat fortuitous victory.
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