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  • McManus (22), Franks (90)
  • Date:2010-04-05
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Home Park
  • Attendance:11770
  • Referee:Mathieson, S

Live Commentary

90mins

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

90mins

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Jonathan Franks putting it in the back of the net.

85mins

Rhys Williams is booked for unsporting behaviour.

83mins

Jay O'Shea is replaced by Jonathan Franks.

77mins

Lee Miller is replaced by Chris Killen.

75mins

Karl Duguid goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

75mins

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

74mins

Alan Judge is replaced by Rory Fallon.

64mins

Leroy Lita is replaced by Scott McDonald.

62mins

Bradley Wright-Phillips is replaced by Yannick Bolasie.

46mins

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

45mins

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

42mins

Justin Hoyte goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

40mins

Leroy Lita is booked for dissent.

22mins

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with Stephen McManus putting it in the back of the net.

0mins

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

0mins

Plymouth face Middlesbrough at 3pm on Monday, April 5th.


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Match Report

A headed goal midway through the first half from Stephen McManus and Jonathan Franks' late killer blow left Plymouth Argyle in deep relegation trouble following a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

McManus headed home Barry Robson's free-kick to secure all three points against the Pilgrims, for who Alan Judge missed a penalty just before half-time.

Franks rounded things off when Boro broke from a corner that had seen Argyle goalkeeper David Stockdale go up and Franks slotted into an unguarded net.

Argyle went close after Chris Clark engineered a breakaway from Jamie Mackie, whose low cross was turned just past the post by David Wheater. Reda Johnson headed Judge's subsequent corner wide.

Boro took advantage of some slack marking in the Argyle box to open the scoring midway through the first half after the Home Park visitors had won a free-kick on the right.

McManus was allowed far too much time and space to rise and nod home an in-swinging delivery from his captain Robson.

The Pilgrims spurned the opportunity to get back into the game just before half-time when Judge's shot from just outside the area was handled by Justin Hoyte and referee Scott Mathieson awarded a penalty.

Judge, who had scored three previous times from the spot this season, stepped up, but found Brad Jones impassable as the Australian goalkeeper saved low to his right.

Boro were able to hold Argyle at arm's length after the interval, with two Mackie efforts - one low and wide and one slashed well off target - the only time they were put under pressure.

Stockdale kept the Pilgrims in the game, saving well from Robson's powerful drive, before Boro substitute Scott McDonald should have finish off Argyle but failed to get anything on Lee Miller's cross from just a few yards.

Argyle head coach Paul Mariner tried hard to spice up his side with some imaginative substitutions but to no avail.

Plymouth Argyle

Middlesbrough

Corners

94

Fouls

1414

Goal attempts

912

Shots off target

67

Offsides

02

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