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Middlesbrough   3 - 0   Scunthorpe

Middlesbrough v Scunthorpe

Middlesbrough 3-0 Scunthorpe

Middlesbrough beat 10-man Scunthorpe to give manager Gordon Strachan his first home win since taking charge of the Teesside club.

The visitors had Cliff Byrne red-carded for a professional foul on Jeremie Aliadiere and Adam Johnson put away the resultant penalty.

Johnson hit the crossbar before Rhys Williams angled in a shot for Boro.

Aliadiere then drilled in a strike before Boro's Leroy Lita was dismissed for foul and abusive language.

Lita's straight red card blotted the home side's copybook as they eased the pressure on Strachan after a poor run of form under the Scotsman.

It was only a second win in nine attempts for Strachan and was aided by the sending off of Byrne after just nine minutes.

Byrne was dismissed just after Isaiah Osbourne had hit the post for the hosts and referee Neil Swarbrick had little hesitation in giving him his marching orders.

Scunthorpe hardly threatened a goal as Williams and Aliadiere went on to put Boro out of reach.


Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:
"I was delighted with the start and to get the goals. We have started well a few times in recent games and not got them.

"We played at tempo and created a few good chances even before they went down to ten men. And after that we created quite a few more.

"I was pleased to get the goal and even more pleased when we made it 2-0 because we had worked hard to get into that position. I was delighted when it got to 3-0 because we have another tough game on Monday and I thought we could leave it at that."

Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins:
"When you lose a man early on it is disappointing but we are not looking for any excuses. We were up against it after nine minutes but that's life. You have to adapt and deal with it.

"Despite that we worked hard and there were some good displays. Grant McCann and Garry Thompson did well and caused them some problems in the second half but they are a good side and it was always going to be difficult here even with 11 men.

"We are a footballing side and we try to be adventurous and that's been our undoing at times. But we have to try and learn. No one goes out to make mistakes. We have to analyse it and improve."

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Saturday, 26 December 2009

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 3-0 Scunthorpe FT
(HT 2-0)
  • A Johnson (pen) 11
  • Williams 45
  • Aliadiere 46

    Middlesbrough

    • 21 Coyne
    • 02 Hoyte
    • 06 Pogatetz (Riggott 83)
    • 25 Williams
    • 29 McMahon
    • 31 Wheater
    • 16 O'Neil
    • 18 A Johnson (Yeates 70)
    • 34 Osbourne
    • 09 Lita red card
    • 10 Aliadiere (Bent 64)

    Substitutes

    • 30 Steele,
    • 03 A Taylor,
    • 05 Riggott,
    • 07 Yeates,
    • 20 Arca,
    • 19 Bent,
    • 35 Williams

    Scunthorpe

    • 01 Murphy
    • 03 Williams
    • 06 Byrne red card
    • 12 Jones yellow card
    • 15 Mirfin
    • 08 McCann
    • 11 Thompson
    • 16 Woolford
    • 18 O'Connor (Wright 46)
    • 19 Wright (Sparrow 73)
    • 09 Hayes (Forte 46)

    Substitutes

    • 23 Slocombe,
    • 20 Spence,
    • 26 Canavan,
    • 02 Wright,
    • 04 Togwell,
    • 07 Sparrow,
    • 14 Forte
    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 20,647
    MIDDLESBROUGH
    SCUNTHORPE

    Possession

    • Middlesbrough 58%
    • Scunthorpe 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Middlesbrough 10
    • Scunthorpe 5

    Attempts off target

    • Middlesbrough 12
    • Scunthorpe 5

    Corners

    • Middlesbrough 7
    • Scunthorpe 4

    Fouls

    • Middlesbrough 12
    • Scunthorpe 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:08 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+1:46 Effort on goal by Marcus Williams from 25 yards. Blocked by David Wheater. Corner taken by Garry Thompson.
    • 90:00+0:32 Marcus Bent produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 88:59 Unfair challenge on Garry Thompson by Chris Riggott results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Sparrow.
    • Correction - 88:03 Sent off Leroy Lita shown a red card.
    • 88:03 Sent off Leroy Lita dismissed for foul and abusive language.
    • 86:37 The ball is sent over by Isaiah Osbourne.
    • 86:03 Rob Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita. Free kick crossed by Gary O'Neil, Andrew Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 84:50 Tony McMahon produces a cross, Marcus Bent takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 82:32 Grant McCann delivers the ball, Rob Jones takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne.
    • 82:32 Substitution Emanuel Pogatetz leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Riggott.
    • 82:32 Mark Yeates concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Forte.
    • 78:33 Direct free kick taken by Isaiah Osbourne.
    • 78:33 Booking Rob Jones goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 78:29 Rob Jones challenges Marcus Bent unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 77:14 Garry Thompson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
    • 76:51 The ball is delivered by Leroy Lita, clearance made by Rob Jones. A cross is delivered by Justin Hoyte.
    • 76:11 The ball is delivered by Marcus Bent, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 75:39 Grant McCann has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Danny Coyne makes a save.
    • 74:28 Tony McMahon crosses the ball, Effort from 18 yards by Marcus Bent. David Mirfin manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Mirfin by Tony McMahon. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 74:03 Tony McMahon produces a cross.
    • 73:55 Centre by Tony McMahon, blocked by Rob Jones.
    • 73:37 Justin Hoyte takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Sparrow.
    • 71:15 Substitution Matthew Sparrow is brought on as a substitute for Josh Wright.
    • 71:15 Rob Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Lita. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Gary O'Neil, Rob Jones gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, clearance made by Garry Thompson. David Wheater produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 69:10 Substitution Mark Yeates comes on in place of Adam Johnson.
    • 69:10 The ball is swung over by Isaiah Osbourne, Emanuel Pogatetz has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 68:15 Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil, clearance by Rob Jones. Corner from the right by-line taken by Gary O'Neil, clearance by Rob Jones.
    • 67:09 Inswinging corner taken by Josh Wright from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Isaiah Osbourne.
    • 66:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emanuel Pogatetz on Garry Thompson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Grant McCann.
    • 66:08 Leroy Lita has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 63:47 Substitution Marcus Bent comes on in place of Jeremie Aliadiere.
    • 62:12 The ball is sent over by Leroy Lita, Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 61:06 The ball is delivered by Andrew Wright. Garry Thompson takes a shot. Blocked by Justin Hoyte.
    • 58:38 Grant McCann takes a shot from 25 yards. Blocked by David Wheater. Inswinging corner taken by Grant McCann. Grant McCann has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 58:07 The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, clearance by Rob Jones.
    • 56:57 The ball is sent over by Garry Thompson.
    • 55:01 Jeremie Aliadiere concedes a free kick for a foul on David Mirfin. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 50:41 The referee blows for offside against Jeremie Aliadiere. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 49:31 Gary O'Neil decides to take a short corner, Adam Johnson crosses the ball, free kick awarded for a foul by Emanuel Pogatetz on Grant McCann. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:36 Gary O'Neil produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 47:31 Gary O'Neil is caught offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:41 GOAL - Jeremie AliadiereMiddlesbrough 3 - 0 Scunthorpe Jeremie Aliadiere fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 3-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Scunthorpe) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Forte coming on for Paul Hayes.
    • 45:01 Substitution Andrew Wright on for Michael O'Connor.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:09 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+1:31 Josh Wright has an effort at goal. Blocked by Rhys Williams.
    • 44:42 GOAL - Rhys WilliamsMiddlesbrough 2 - 0 Scunthorpe Rhys Williams fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 43:39 Tony McMahon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 42:04 Adam Johnson takes a shot.
    • 41:28 Tony McMahon crosses the ball, David Mirfin makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line, clearance by Paul Hayes.
    • 40:51 Leroy Lita takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michael O'Connor gets a block in.
    • 39:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jeremie Aliadiere. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 38:54 Adam Johnson delivers the ball, Marcus Williams makes a clearance.
    • 37:41 Foul by Rob Jones on Jeremie Aliadiere, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil, clearance by Garry Thompson.
    • 36:24 The ball is sent over by Adam Johnson. Leroy Lita takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save.
    • 35:21 The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Paul Hayes gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Grant McCann.
    • 34:23 Foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Grant McCann, free kick awarded. Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:10 The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon. Leroy Lita is ruled offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leroy Lita on Rob Jones. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.
    • 28:29 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Hayes. Danny Coyne takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 27:22 Garry Thompson crosses the ball, clearance made by Tony McMahon. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Michael O'Connor, comfortable save by Danny Coyne.
    • 27:22 Garry Thompson produces a cross, Tony McMahon manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Josh Wright, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 26:02 Josh Wright fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant McCann. Shot from just outside the box by Michael O'Connor goes over the target.
    • 24:02 The ball is delivered by Garry Thompson.
    • 21:36 Isaiah Osbourne produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 21:18 Centre by Gary O'Neil, clearance by Rob Jones.
    • 19:57 Jeremie Aliadiere produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 18:12 Gary O'Neil has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Joe Murphy.
    • 16:50 Tony McMahon produces a cross, save by Joe Murphy.
    • 15:44 Unfair challenge on Rob Jones by Leroy Lita results in a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 12:36 Gary O'Neil has a drilled shot. Rob Jones gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line, save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 11:49 Effort from the edge of the area by Michael O'Connor goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 11:15 Grant McCann fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcus Williams.
    • 10:08 GOAL - Adam JohnsonMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Power penalty scored by Adam Johnson. Middlesbrough 1-0 Scunthorpe.
    • 8:47 Sent off The referee red cards Cliff Byrne for professional foul.
    • 8:28 Cliff Byrne challenges Jeremie Aliadiere unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
    • 7:58 Jeremie Aliadiere challenges Rob Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant McCann restarts play with the free kick.
    • 7:25 Tony McMahon produces a cross, Rhys Williams produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 3:56 Marcus Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil. Tony McMahon takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:36 Isaiah Osbourne produces a drilled right-footed shot from just outside the box that bounces off the post.
    • 2:07 Garry Thompson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emanuel Pogatetz. Direct free kick taken by Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 1:26 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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