Middlesbrough   2 - 2   Portsmouth

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Debutant Luke Varney grabbed an injury-time equaliser to deny Middlesbrough.

Varney struck two minutes into added time to salvage a point after substitute Christian Dailly's initial effort had been blocked.

Boro led when Marvin Emnes fired in after good work from Scott McDonald but Pompey levelled after the break through a low 20-yard David Norris shot.

Rhys Williams restored the home side's lead with a cool finish but Varney denied them victory on 92 minutes.

Summer signing Varney's strike was cruel on a Boro side who created the better chances in the teeming rain but ultimately paid the price for some wasteful finishing.

Barry Robson twice went close for Boro before Emnes, who this week signed a new three-year contract, showed great composure to put them ahead when he turned neatly and fired home McDonald's clever cut-back.

Emnes then shot just wide while McDonald, Justin Hoyte and Robson also spurned decent openings.

Pompey did threaten through Hayden Mullins just before the break but his shot sailed over the bar.

However, they drew level after the interval when Norris beat Carl Ikeme with a powerful low shot from 20 yards.

Boro hit back when Williams collected a glorious through-ball from Nicky Bailey and finished coolly.

The goal once again led to a spell of home pressure, but the hosts failed to extend their lead and summer signing Varney made them pay.

The draw means Boro have now only won one of their last 11 opening league fixtures - a 2-1 home triumph over Tottenham in August 2008 - while Portsmouth avoided a fourth successive opening-day defeat.

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 2-2 Portsmouth FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Emnes 24
  • Williams 54
  • Norris 47
  • Varney 90+2

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Ikeme
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Bates
  • 06 McManus
  • 14 Williams yellow card
  • 29 McMahon
  • 10 Bailey
  • 17 Robson
  • 07 McDonald yellow card
  • 09 Emnes (Zemmama 90+3)

Substitutes

  • 24 Hines,
  • 05 Zemmama,
  • 22 Martin,
  • 33 Smallwood,
  • 11 Kink

Portsmouth

  • 01 Ashdown
  • 02 Ward yellow card
  • 03 Rocha (Kanu 64)
  • 06 Hreidarsson yellow card (Williams 63)
  • 15 Halford yellow card
  • 26 Ben-Haim yellow card
  • 04 Mokoena yellow card
  • 08 Mullins (Dailly 83)
  • 19 Norris
  • 11 Varney
  • 18 Kitson

Substitutes

  • 13 Henderson,
  • 20 Dailly,
  • 17 Williams,
  • 27 Kanu
Ref: SalisburyAtt: 18,196
MIDDLESBROUGH
PORTSMOUTH

Possession

  • Middlesbrough 57%
  • Portsmouth 43%

Attempts on target

  • Middlesbrough 6
  • Portsmouth 4

Attempts off target

  • Middlesbrough 5
  • Portsmouth 5

Corners

  • Middlesbrough 4
  • Portsmouth 4

Fouls

  • Middlesbrough 13
  • Portsmouth 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+7:16 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+6:29 Scott McDonald challenges Greg Halford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+6:08 Nwankwo Kanu concedes a free kick for a foul on Justin Hoyte. Direct free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
  • 90:00+5:39 Tony McMahon delivers the ball, save made by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 90:00+3:40 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ryan Williams, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
  • 90:00+3:03 Rhys Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Mokoena. Jamie Ashdown takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+2:39 Substitution Merouane Zemmama replaces Marvin Emnes.
  • 90:00+1:31 GOAL - Luke VarneyMiddlesbrough 2 - 2 Portsmouth Luke Varney finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-2 Portsmouth.
  • 90:00+0:25 Ryan Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.
  • 89:49 Foul by Rhys Williams on Dave Kitson, free kick awarded. Greg Halford takes the free kick.
  • 87:55 Foul by Barry Robson on Tal Ben-Haim, free kick awarded. Tal Ben-Haim takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:12 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line.
  • 84:53 Barry Robson takes a short corner.
  • 84:11 Shot by Marvin Emnes from 18 yards. Save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 83:16 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, clearance made by Joel Ward.
  • 82:08 Nicky Bailey takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:08 Substitution (Portsmouth) makes a substitution, with Christian Dailly coming on for Hayden Mullins.
  • 82:08 Luke Varney challenges Matthew Bates unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 81:50 A cross is delivered by Joel Ward, save by Carl Ikeme.
  • 81:27 Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Luke Varney takes the free kick.
  • 81:06 Justin Hoyte crosses the ball, save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 80:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Hayden Mullins. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.
  • 78:23 Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Nwankwo Kanu makes a clearance.
  • 77:58 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Aaron Mokoena gets a block in.
  • 76:39 Barry Robson fouled by Tal Ben-Haim, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
  • 75:29 Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
  • 75:29 Booking Aaron Mokoena is shown a yellow card.
  • 74:58 Aaron Mokoena challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 74:44 Short corner taken by David Norris from the right by-line.
  • 74:30 The ball is delivered by Luke Varney, clearance by Matthew Bates.
  • 73:50 Direct free kick taken by Justin Hoyte.
  • 73:50 Booking Joel Ward is given a yellow card.
  • 73:36 Foul by Joel Ward on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded.
  • 72:58 Outswinging corner taken by David Norris, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:49 Strike comes in from Greg Halford from the free kick.
  • 70:49 Booking Booking for Rhys Williams for unsporting behaviour.
  • 70:28 Rhys Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 63:07 Substitution Nwankwo Kanu replaces Ricardo Rocha.
  • 62:37 Substitution Ryan Williams is brought on as a substitute for Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 60:12 The ball is delivered by Dave Kitson, Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.
  • Correction - 58:07 Marvin Emnes is caught offside.
  • Correction - 57:16 Free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
  • Correction - 57:16 Booking Caution for Hermann Hreidarsson.
  • 57:16 Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 57:16 Booking Hermann Hreidarsson is given a yellow card.
  • 57:07 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Emnes.
  • 56:31 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson.
  • 55:38 Justin Hoyte takes the free kick.
  • 55:38 Booking Caution for Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 55:30 Booking Caution for Scott McDonald.
  • 55:13 Booking Greg Halford receives a yellow card.
  • 54:34 Foul by Greg Halford on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded.
  • 53:29 Assist by Nicky Bailey.
  • 53:29 GOAL - Rhys WilliamsMiddlesbrough 2 - 1 Portsmouth Rhys Williams scores a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-1 Portsmouth.
  • 50:33 Centre by Tony McMahon.
  • 50:14 Luke Varney is penalised for a handball. Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:26 Tony McMahon is penalised for a handball. Hermann Hreidarsson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:35 Aaron Mokoena provided the assist for the goal.
  • 46:35 GOAL - David NorrisMiddlesbrough 1 - 1 Portsmouth David Norris scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-1 Portsmouth.
  • 46:11 Centre by Scott McDonald, save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 45:14 Unfair challenge on Rhys Williams by Joel Ward results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Bates.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:39 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+4:03 Hermann Hreidarsson takes a shot. Tony McMahon gets a block in.
  • 45:00+1:19 Matthew Bates challenges Dave Kitson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Greg Halford takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:00+0:55 Foul by Barry Robson on Hermann Hreidarsson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 44:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Barry Robson. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.
  • 43:20 Effort on goal by Hayden Mullins from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 42:27 Scott McDonald has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 42:02 Foul by Luke Varney on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded. Matthew Bates restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:37 Tal Ben-Haim gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Justin Hoyte takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:10 Scott McDonald delivers the ball, Barry Robson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
  • 36:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Hayden Mullins. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson, clearance made by Ricardo Rocha.
  • 36:45 A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Hayden Mullins manages to make a clearance.
  • 36:10 Aaron Mokoena gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
  • 33:01 Shot from just outside the area by Justin Hoyte misses to the left of the target.
  • 32:03 Tal Ben-Haim produces a cross, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.
  • 31:28 Foul by Tony McMahon on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. David Norris takes the free kick.
  • 29:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Joe Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
  • 28:13 Shot from just outside the box by Scott McDonald misses to the right of the target.
  • 27:29 Shot by Joe Bennett from 25 yards. Jamie Ashdown makes a save.
  • 25:33 Scott McDonald provided the assist for the goal.
  • 25:33 GOAL - Marvin EmnesMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Portsmouth Marvin Emnes grabs a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Portsmouth.
  • Correction - 23:33 Assist on the goal came from Scott McDonald.
  • Correction - 23:33 GOAL - Marvin EmnesMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Portsmouth Goal scored by Marvin Emnes from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Portsmouth.
  • 21:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Hayden Mullins. Direct free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
  • 20:34 Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Rocha. Ricardo Rocha restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:59 Shot from just outside the penalty box by David Norris misses to the left of the target.
  • 18:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dave Kitson by Barry Robson. Dave Kitson takes the free kick. Tony McMahon fouled by Hermann Hreidarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
  • 17:03 Foul by Ricardo Rocha on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon. Barry Robson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jamie Ashdown.
  • Correction - 15:30 Barry Robson delivers the ball.
  • 15:30 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson.
  • 13:12 Dave Kitson takes a shot. Corner taken right-footed by David Norris, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Greg Halford misses to the right of the target.
  • 12:55 Hermann Hreidarsson delivers the ball, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
  • 12:07 Tal Ben-Haim sends in a cross, clearance made by Tony McMahon.
  • 10:48 Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Jamie Ashdown takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:35 Barry Robson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
  • 5:00 Tony McMahon produces a cross, clearance made by Greg Halford.
  • 3:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Mokoena on Scott McDonald. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
  • 3:43 Luke Varney delivers the ball, clearance made by Matthew Bates.
  • 2:48 Luke Varney challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Bates takes the free kick.
  • 1:44 A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon. Scott McDonald is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Ashdown.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 6 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Ipswich 1 3 3
2 Southampton 1 2 3
3 Brighton 1 1 3
4 Derby 1 1 3
5 Peterborough 1 1 3
6 Blackpool 1 1 3
7 Leicester 1 1 3
8 Burnley 1 0 1
9 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
10 Millwall 1 0 1
11 Portsmouth 1 0 1
12 Reading 1 0 1
13 Watford 1 0 1
14 Barnsley 1 0 1
15 Nott'm Forest 1 0 1
16 Cardiff 0 0 0
17 West Ham 0 0 0
18 Birmingham 1 -1 0
19 Crystal Palace 1 -1 0
20 Doncaster 1 -1 0
21 Coventry 1 -1 0
22 Hull 1 -1 0
23 Leeds 1 -2 0
24 Bristol City 1 -3 0

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