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Sheff Utd   1 - 0   Middlesbrough

Sheffield Utd 1-0 Middlesbrough

Sheff Utd 1-0 Middlesbrough

Sheffield United's win moved them into the play-off zone and piled more misery on Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan.

After an uneventful first-half, Richard Cresswell opened the scoring with a firm header from Andy Taylor's cross.

Boro thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Jeremie Aliadiere was upended by Chris Morgan but referee Andy D'Urso was unmoved.

United might have extended their lead, but James Harper volleyed over and Henri Camara struck the post.

Strachan handed debuts to his new signings from Celtic - Barry Robson, Willo Flood and Chris Killen - but they were unable to stop Boro slipping to their fifth defeat in six league games.

After a drab opening, United were convinced they should have been awarded a penalty when the ball appeared to strike Robson's hand inside the area, but D'Urso waved away the protests.

Boro's first real chance arrived on the half-hour mark when Isaiah Osbourne intercepted a clearance and drove into the area, before unleashing a low left-foot shot which was comfortably saved by Mark Bunn.

The United keeper had to be alert moments later to gather Chris Riggott's header from a free-kick.

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Boro continued to shade the first-half and could have gone ahead when Flood teed up Killen for a shot which he wastefully lofted over the bar.

United began the second half with more purpose and were rewarded with the game's opening goal.

Taylor crossed from the left and Cresswell outmuscled David Wheater to land a powerful header, which Danny Coyne got a hand to, but was unable to keep out.

Then came the moment which could have changed the outcome of the match.

Aliadiere, making his comeback from an ankle injury, chased a long ball into the box, and went down under a challenge from Morgan, prompting Boro's appeals for a penalty, but D'Urso gave a goal-kick.

The decision seemed to deflate Boro, who offered little threat from there on in.

Harper should have doubled the home side's lead following a fine move, when Cresswell's cross found Ched Evans, whose unselfish layoff was volleyed over the bar by the former Reading midfielder.

And Bunn produced a fine fingertip save late on to divert Camara's strike onto the post.

A fifth straight clean sheet at home ensured Kevin Blackwell's side have now lost just once in their last 12 games.


Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell:

"I think over the last two years we have been the form side in the last half of the season.

"I think last season we were nine points clear of everybody else over 10 games after Christmas and I think the season that I came here we had 14 games and we were four points clear of everybody over 14 games, so if we can achieve any of those two we'll have a good run.

"But right now, we've got to make sure we stay in the top six, and don't kill ourselves."

Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:
"I know what has to be done and I have to change it.

"It's not great fun, it's not nice, I wouldn't recommend it for anybody but you have to deal with it.

"Fortunately I've been about for a few years in this job but I don't think it would be great for a young manager."

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 1-0 Middlesbrough FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Cresswell 56

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 05 Morgan
    • 16 Taylor
    • 20 Seip
    • 34 Walker
    • 04 Montgomery
    • 12 Williamson yellow card (Ward 70)
    • 15 Harper
    • 28 Quinn yellow card
    • 09 Evans (Camara 70)
    • 17 Cresswell yellow card (Henderson 89)

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 19 Stewart,
    • 26 Geary,
    • 33 Fortune,
    • 07 Henderson,
    • 18 Ward,
    • 37 Camara

    Middlesbrough

    • 21 Coyne
    • 02 Hoyte
    • 05 Riggott
    • 29 McMahon
    • 31 Wheater
    • 14 Flood (Franks 75)
    • 16 O'Neil yellow card
    • 17 Robson yellow card
    • 34 Osbourne
    • 10 Aliadiere (A Johnson 63)
    • 12 Killen

    Substitutes

    • 30 Steele,
    • 27 Bennett,
    • 18 A Johnson,
    • 20 Arca,
    • 19 Bent,
    • 28 Franks,
    • 35 Williams
    Ref: D'UrsoAtt: 23,974
    SHEFF UTD
    MIDDLESBROUGH

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 54%
    • Middlesbrough 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 3
    • Middlesbrough 4

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 3
    • Middlesbrough 5

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 3
    • Middlesbrough 4

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 20
    • Middlesbrough 16
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:18 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:33 Adam Johnson crosses the ball, Mark Bunn makes a comfortable save.
    • 88:34 Substitution Darius Henderson on for Richard Cresswell.
    • 87:44 Adam Johnson fouled by Andy Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:30 Jamie Ward challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Adam Johnson from the free kick.
    • Correction - 84:06 Henri Camara has an effort at goal from the edge of the box hitting the post.
    • 84:06 Richard Cresswell has an effort at goal from the edge of the area striking the post.
    • 82:16 Nick Montgomery produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
    • 81:40 The ball is swung over by Stephen Quinn.
    • 80:39 Marcel Seip fouled by Chris Killen, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Marcel Seip.
    • 79:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Walker on Barry Robson. Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 77:53 Kyle Walker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Gary O'Neil takes the free kick.
    • 76:19 Gary O'Neil fouled by Stephen Quinn, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Adam Johnson from right wing, save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 74:47 Substitution Jonathan Franks joins the action as a substitute, replacing Willo Flood.
    • 74:03 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil, David Wheater produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
    • 73:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Montgomery on Barry Robson. Free kick crossed by Adam Johnson, Richard Cresswell makes a clearance. Willo Flood crosses the ball, Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:34 Danny Coyne takes the free kick.
    • 69:34 Substitution Lee Williamson goes off and Jamie Ward comes on.
    • 69:34 Substitution Henri Camara replaces Ched Evans.
    • 69:34 Gary O'Neil fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 69:25 Lee Williamson produces a cross, clearance made by Chris Riggott.
    • 67:42 The ball is sent over by Richard Cresswell, Shot on goal by James Harper from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 65:05 Justin Hoyte delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Chris Killen from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 64:26 Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Adam Johnson.
    • 62:52 Substitution Adam Johnson on for Jeremie Aliadiere.
    • 60:13 The ball is crossed by Nick Montgomery, clearance by Chris Killen.
    • 59:44 Corner taken right-footed by James Harper, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:29 Shot from 12 yards from Nick Montgomery. Blocked by Willo Flood.
    • 58:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chris Killen. Free kick taken by Chris Morgan.
    • 55:15 Assist by Andy Taylor.
    • 55:15 GOAL - Richard CresswellSheff Utd 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Richard Cresswell grabs a headed goal from close in. Sheff Utd 1-0 Middlesbrough.
    • 54:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaiah Osbourne on James Harper. Andy Taylor takes the direct free kick. Andy Taylor produces a cross,
    • 53:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jeremie Aliadiere. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 53:30 Stephen Quinn delivers the ball, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 53:11 The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker.
    • 51:43 The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gary O'Neil, comfortable save by Mark Bunn.
    • 51:43 Booking Lee Williamson is shown a yellow card.
    • 51:21 Unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Lee Williamson results in a free kick.
    • 50:38 James Harper concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wheater. David Wheater takes the direct free kick.
    • 48:59 Foul by Lee Williamson on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Gary O'Neil shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 47:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary O'Neil by Andy Taylor. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
    • 47:01 Unfair challenge on Marcel Seip by Chris Killen results in a free kick. Kyle Walker takes the direct free kick.
    • 46:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Killen by Chris Morgan. Strike on goal comes in from Gary O'Neil from the free kick, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 45:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Killen on Nick Montgomery. Chris Morgan takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:01 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:51 Tony McMahon challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Harper delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 45:00+0:35 Chris Killen challenges Chris Morgan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 44:53 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by James Harper. Direct free kick taken by Justin Hoyte.
    • 43:38 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary O'Neil. Unfair challenge on Andy Taylor by Chris Killen results in a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 43:11 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson.
    • 42:58 The ball is swung over by Justin Hoyte, blocked by Marcel Seip.
    • 40:44 Marcel Seip gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeremie Aliadiere. Direct free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 39:29 Chris Killen takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 36:47 Stephen Quinn concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary O'Neil. A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Chris Riggott takes a shot. Save made by Mark Bunn.
    • 35:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Justin Hoyte on Lee Williamson. Kyle Walker restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:46 Stephen Quinn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:46 Booking Gary O'Neil receives a yellow card.
    • 33:40 Booking Barry Robson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 33:24 Booking Stephen Quinn goes into the referee's book.
    • 32:46 Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Barry Robson results in a free kick.
    • 31:39 Marcel Seip gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Killen. Gary O'Neil delivers the ball, Chris Killen takes a shot. Mark Bunn makes a comfortable save.
    • 30:23 Richard Cresswell is caught offside. Danny Coyne restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:01 Isaiah Osbourne has a drilled shot. Fantastic save by Mark Bunn.
    • 27:50 Corner taken by James Harper from the right by-line, Chris Killen makes a clearance.
    • 27:43 Centre by James Harper, Justin Hoyte gets a block in.
    • 27:21 Justin Hoyte delivers the ball, Mark Bunn makes a comfortable save.
    • 22:38 Foul by Gary O'Neil on Ched Evans, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Andy Taylor. Ched Evans takes a shot. Chris Killen gets a block in.
    • Correction - 22:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ched Evans by Gary O'Neil. Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick. Ched Evans takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Killen.
    • 22:15 Foul by Barry Robson on Nick Montgomery, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Nick Montgomery.
    • 20:50 The ball is crossed by Andy Taylor, clearance by David Wheater.
    • 19:45 Chris Morgan is caught offside. Danny Coyne takes the indirect free kick.
    • 19:22 James Harper crosses the ball, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:50 Outswinging corner taken by James Harper, clearance by Chris Riggott.
    • 18:43 The ball is crossed by Kyle Walker, Willo Flood gets a block in.
    • 18:00 Direct free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
    • 18:00 Booking Richard Cresswell goes into the book.
    • 17:39 Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Richard Cresswell results in a free kick.
    • 17:11 Centre by Justin Hoyte, clearance made by Marcel Seip.
    • 16:12 Kyle Walker is ruled offside. Danny Coyne restarts play with the free kick.
    • 14:54 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Gary O'Neil.
    • 13:13 Unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Andy Taylor takes the direct free kick.
    • 12:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Williamson on Justin Hoyte. Direct free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 12:18 Barry Robson delivers the ball, clearance by Chris Morgan.
    • 10:19 The ball is swung over by James Harper, clearance by David Wheater.
    • 9:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Isaiah Osbourne on Nick Montgomery. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 7:21 Gary O'Neil challenges Ched Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Walker.
    • 6:33 Gary O'Neil fouled by James Harper, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 3:49 The ball is swung over by Jeremie Aliadiere, Marcel Seip makes a clearance.
    • 3:13 Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Ched Evans. James Harper restarts play with the free kick.
    • 1:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeremie Aliadiere on Nick Montgomery. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 0:50 Lee Williamson produces a cross, clearance by Barry Robson.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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