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Middlesbrough 1-1 West Ham

By Julian Shea

Hayden Mullins
Mullins rifled West Ham into the lead

Ross Turnbull's late double save from Lee Bowyer and Jack Collison earned Middlesbrough a highly entertaining draw with West Ham.

Hayden Mullins's volley rattled in off the bar after 21 minutes in a first half dominated by the visitors.

Boro raised their game after the break and Justin Hoyte had a diving header ruled out for offside before Mido levelled with a low free-kick.

West Ham almost claimed the win late on but were denied by Turnbull's heroics.

After an initial flourish by Boro, West Ham took charge, with Freddie Sears putting a shot just wide and only being denied another great chance by a superbly timed Chris Riggott interception from Julien Faubert's cross.

When the first goal came, it was from the least likely of sources.


Luis Boa Morte laid the ball into the path of Mullins, who failed to connect with an embarrassing airshot, but kept his balance to strike the ball cleanly with his right foot at the second attempt.

It flew into the net off the underside of the bar, via the slightest of touches off Sears.

Boro struggled to handle the youthful enthusiasm of Sears and Collison, and Bellamy's pace gave them more headaches.

In the dying seconds of the first half West Ham were nearly made to pay for failing to take their chances as Afonso Alves twice went close for Boro, but the home side will have been much the happier at the break.

Southgate pleased with impact of substitutes

Collison should have made it 2-0 after being set up by Bellamy, but he shot into the ground allowing Turnbull to make an easy save.

Julio Arca and Mido were then introduced as Boro looked for a way back into the game, and it certainly livened up their threat, with Gary O'Neil drawing a good save from Robert Green.

Boro then piled on the pressure but struggled to find a way through to Green's goal, and when they looked to have done so, Hoyte's diving header from Andrew Taylor's cross was ruled out for offside.

Zola not satisfied with single point

But when James Collins hauled Mido down on the edge of the box, the Egyptian made no mistake with his low free-kick, which flew into the bottom corner.

Middlesbrough then went all out in search of a winner, stretching themselves at the back, and they were nearly made to pay at the death.

But Turnbull repelled both Bowyer and Collison from close range in injury-time to deny the visitors the three points.

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate on the disallowed goal:

"It was a tough call for the linesman but we had one that went for us the other week and these things tend to even out of the season.

"The pleasing thing was that we did not let our heads drop even though it was chalked off.

"We were really flat in the first half and the players' response was great."

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola:

"I thought we would get a victory but I am pleased because it was not an easy game for us.

"We came into the game from four away defeats and the players were great so I'm upset with the result, not them.

"We are going to try and improve some things and maybe we should have taken our chances better."

Middlesbrough: Turnbull, Wheater (Hoyte 46), Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard (Arca 56), Downing, Sanli, Alves (Mido 67).

Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Grounds.

Booked: Wheater, Riggott, Arca.

Goals: Mido 83.

West Ham: Green, Neill, Collins, Upson, Ilunga, Faubert, Collison, Mullins, Boa Morte (Bowyer 84), Bellamy, Sears (Etherington 73). Subs Not Used: Walker, Lopez, Tristan, Tomkins, Di Michele.

Booked: Neill, Collison, Boa Morte, Bellamy.

Goals: Mullins 21.

Att: 25,164

Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match on 90 minutes:

West Ham's Hayden Mullins - 7.64 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.

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