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The BBC's Peter Slater
"Paul Ince almost won it for Middlesbrough"
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Saturday, 27 November, 1999, 18:10 GMT
He'd walk 200 miles, for one of your goals...
Steve Vickers tries to dispossess Wimbledon's Jason Euell

Middlesbrough 0-0 Wimbledon

The performance of Middlesbrough's brilliant Brazilian Juninho was the single bright spot in a dull goalless draw with Wimbledon at the Riverside Stadium.

Even that was cut short as Boro boss Bryan Robson brought Juninho off after 61 minutes of a game he had threatened to dominate.

Man of his word

No-one would have been more disappointed than former Football Association chief executive Graham Kelly, who walked the 184 miles from his Peterborough home in aid of the mental health charity Mind after being challenged to prove his comment that he would `walk to watch Juninho'.

The Brazilian did not disappoint his trekking fan but the rest of his team-mates did.

Robson preplexed many when he bought off the Brazilian (r)

Only keeper Mark Schwarzer kept them with a share of the points. He did well to push away a 22nd minute Robbie Earle header although Carl Cort and Jason Euell squandered the best chances when they headed over from tasty looking crosses.

Marcus Gayle forced Schwarzer into a terrific stop when he struck first time with seconds remaining in the first period.

Juninho the lonely bright spark laboured on, setting up Hamilton Ricard early in the second half but he drove well wide.

The effort proved to be the last for the Colombian who was replaced by Alun Armstrong.

It also signalled the end of Juninho's game.

Robson abuse

Robbie Mustoe entered the fray to the chants of `You don't know what you're doing' from the Riverside Stadium crowd aimed at manager Bryan Robson.

Boro got even worse after the switch and Cort should have made them pay but he somehow managed to turn the ball over Schwarzer's bar from a Euell knock-down just four yards out.

Paul Ince, after a comparatively quiet game, forced Sullivan into his first real test when he went close to sneaking a winner.

Stamp played the ball to Armstrong on the right. His cross was low and Ince just got a foot to it. But Sullivan managed to push the ball away with a terrific right-handed stop.

After this sorry display which led the home fans to boo their players as they left the field, one hopes Kelly has more comfortable transport home.


Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Stamp, Festa, Vickers, Cooper, O'Neill, Juninho, Ince, Ziege, Ricard, Deane.
Subs: Fleming, Mustoe, Gascoigne, Beresford, Armstrong.

Wimbledon: Sullivan, Cunningham, Kimble, Hreidarsson, Thatcher, Earle, Euell, Andersen, Cort, Gayle, Leaburn.
Subs: Jupp, Blackwell, Hughes, Heald, Badir.
Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)
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