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Middlesbrough   2 - 0   QPR

Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR

Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR

Two first-half penalties from Barry Robson saw Middlesbrough boost their play-off hopes with a routine win.

The midfielder opened the scoring six minutes before the break after Peter Ramage had fouled Jeremie Aliadiere.

And he again made no mistake from 12 yards six minutes later following Kaspars Gorkss's foul on Leroy Lita.

Rangers hit the woodwork through Mikele Leigertwood and Jay Simpson, but they could not break through in what could be Mick Harford's final game in charge.

The caretaker manager has led the Londoners to six defeats in their last seven games and he looks likely to soon be replaced, with Rangers having reportedly approached the administrators of Crystal Palace this week to ask for permission to speak to Eagles boss Neil Warnock.

But it could have been a different story in this match had Simpson's 20-yard shot not struck a post on 14 minutes, while Leigertwood rattled the post for a second time with 12 minutes remaining from Ramage's cross.

In between, though, Robson bagged his crucial brace in an otherwise lacklustre affair, with Middlesbrough comfortable in defence for the most part.

And victory leaves Gordon Strachan's men within two points off of sixth spot, with QPR nervously looking over their shoulder three points away from the drop zone.


Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:
"Until the penalties it was a nothing game. I was happy with the points and I was happy with the attitude but it wasn't a great game.

"We worked hard but the game was a bit frantic at times. Maybe some of them tried to work too hard. They were enthusiastic, maybe too enthusiastic but that is not a bad problem to have.

"The penalties turned the game though. There was no question over them and even their people admitted that. And I thought maybe we could have had one before that too for an incredible handball that somehow wasn't spotted.

"But I think we worked hard and deserved that result. We have worked hard over the past few games and maybe not got what we deserved."

QPR interim boss Mick Harford:

"We should have had a penalty before Boro go theirs when Lee Cook was brought down and we had chances after that too.

"I can't argue with the penalties Boro got. I didn't see the first but the second was pretty blatant and quite stupid really. He's just pulled him back.

"It is things like that that are costing us, silly goals. We started well and dominated possession for long spells, especially in the second half but I think we needed to get a goal back early on after the interval.

"I can't fault the work-rate or commitment of the players throughout and we did well for most of the game but I am sick of saying it, we have given away silly goals. We are looking over our shoulder at relegation."

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Saturday, 27 February 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Robson (pen) 39
  • Robson (pen) 45+2

    Middlesbrough

    • 21 Coyne
    • 06 Pogatetz (Taylor 78)
    • 19 McManus
    • 31 Wheater
    • 33 Naughton
    • 10 Aliadiere (Franks 66)
    • 14 Flood
    • 16 O'Neil
    • 17 Robson
    • 09 Lita (Arca 83)
    • 12 Killen yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 01 Jones,
    • 02 Hoyte,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 23 Grounds,
    • 20 Arca,
    • 18 Miller,
    • 28 Franks

    QPR

    • 22 Ikeme
    • 02 Ramage
    • 03 Stewart
    • 13 Gorkss yellow card
    • 20 Hill (Borrowdale 53)
    • 06 Leigertwood
    • 10 Buzsaky
    • 17 Cook
    • 18 Faurlin (Taarabt 69)
    • 33 German (Bent 54)
    • 23 Simpson

    Substitutes

    • 24 Cerny,
    • 29 Borrowdale,
    • 25 Ephraim,
    • 39 Taarabt,
    • 07 Bent,
    • 08 Vine,
    • 19 Balanta
    Ref: WoolmerAtt: 17,568
    MIDDLESBROUGH
    QPR

    Possession

    • Middlesbrough 52%
    • QPR 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Middlesbrough 4
    • QPR 6

    Attempts off target

    • Middlesbrough 5
    • QPR 5

    Corners

    • Middlesbrough 5
    • QPR 7

    Fouls

    • Middlesbrough 12
    • QPR 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:16 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+3:03 The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Franks. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:45 Shot from just outside the box by Kaspars Gorkss goes over the crossbar.
    • 90:00+1:08 Jay Simpson fouled by Andrew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Akos Buzsaky restarts play with the free kick.
    • 89:44 Jonathan Franks is caught offside. Gary Borrowdale takes the free kick.
    • 88:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Simpson. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 88:37 Effort on goal by Julio Arca from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 88:06 Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Save by Carl Ikeme.
    • 87:18 Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt. Akos Buzsaky fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Danny Coyne.
    • 86:30 Jonathan Franks delivers the ball, Gary Borrowdale manages to make a clearance.
    • 85:09 Marcus Bent is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
    • 83:36 Julio Arca produces a cross.
    • 83:19 The ball is sent over by Julio Arca, Kaspars Gorkss makes a clearance.
    • 83:10 Chris Killen crosses the ball.
    • 82:13 Substitution Julio Arca comes on in place of Leroy Lita.
    • 81:32 Lee Cook produces a cross, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 81:20 Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Leroy Lita, the ref awards a free kick. Akos Buzsaky takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:10 The ball is swung over by Marcus Bent, clearance by David Wheater.
    • 79:54 Lee Cook crosses the ball, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:18 Corner taken by Lee Cook from the right by-line.
    • 79:10 The ball is crossed by Lee Cook, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
    • 78:25 A cross is delivered by Peter Ramage, Andrew Taylor gets a block in.
    • 77:53 The ball is crossed by Peter Ramage, Shot by Mikele Leigertwood from inside the penalty box bounces off the post.
    • 77:11 Substitution Andrew Taylor on for Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 76:06 Effort from outside the penalty area by Akos Buzsaky goes wide left of the target.
    • 76:00 A cross is delivered by Lee Cook, Barry Robson makes a clearance.
    • 74:36 Corner taken by Barry Robson played to the near post, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 74:28 Kyle Naughton sends in a cross, Lee Cook manages to make a clearance.
    • 73:44 Kyle Naughton delivers the ball.
    • 73:13 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Carl Ikeme makes a save.
    • Correction - 72:33 Corner taken left-footed by Lee Cook, Chris Killen manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:33 Akos Buzsaky takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Chris Killen.
    • 72:20 Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne.
    • 71:33 Free kick taken by Mikele Leigertwood.
    • 71:33 Booking Chris Killen goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 71:27 Chris Killen challenges Akos Buzsaky unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 70:32 The ball is sent over by Peter Ramage, Emanuel Pogatetz makes a clearance.
    • 68:55 Substitution Adel Taarabt on for Alejandro Faurlin.
    • 68:50 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson.
    • 67:16 Gary Borrowdale crosses the ball, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 66:15 Gary O'Neil takes the inswinging corner, save made by Carl Ikeme.
    • 65:55 Gary O'Neil takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 65:22 Mikele Leigertwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 65:01 Substitution Jonathan Franks replaces Jeremie Aliadiere.
    • 64:26 Jeremie Aliadiere sends in a cross, clearance by Gary Borrowdale.
    • 64:01 Akos Buzsaky crosses the ball, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 63:15 Headed effort from inside the area by Damion Stewart misses to the left of the target.
    • 62:38 The ball is swung over by Lee Cook, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
    • 61:44 Willo Flood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cook. Direct free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 60:57 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
    • 60:16 The offside flag is raised against Kaspars Gorkss. Direct free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
    • 59:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Akos Buzsaky by Jeremie Aliadiere. Lee Cook takes the free kick.
    • 57:16 The ball is delivered by Alejandro Faurlin, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 56:44 A cross is delivered by Lee Cook, clearance made by David Wheater.
    • 54:16 Kaspars Gorkss fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 53:09 Substitution Marcus Bent replaces Antonio German.
    • Correction - 52:40 Substitution (QPR) makes a substitution, with Gary Borrowdale coming on for Matthew Hill.
    • Correction - 52:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.
    • 52:40 Substitution Matthew Hill goes off and Gary Borrowdale comes on.
    • 52:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Carl Ikeme takes the indirect free kick,
    • 50:43 Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikele Leigertwood. Direct free kick taken by Akos Buzsaky.
    • 49:49 Barry Robson takes a shot. Blocked by Kaspars Gorkss.
    • 49:42 Emanuel Pogatetz delivers the ball.
    • 48:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Akos Buzsaky. Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:32 Antonio German is ruled offside. David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.
    • 47:04 The ball is swung over by Kyle Naughton, Damion Stewart makes a clearance.
    • 46:40 Leroy Lita delivers the ball.
    • 45:40 The offside flag is raised against Leroy Lita. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:16 Akos Buzsaky sends in a cross, save by Danny Coyne.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:21 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+2:01 The ball is delivered by Lee Cook, clearance by Stephen McManus.
    • 45:00+1:43 Corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky from the right by-line, clearance by Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 45:00+1:32 Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Danny Coyne makes a save.
    • 45:00+1:02 GOAL - Barry RobsonMiddlesbrough 2 - 0 QPR Penalty taken left-footed by Barry Robson and scored. Middlesbrough 2-0 QPR.
    • 45:00+0:10 Booking Kaspars Gorkss booked.
    • 44:57 Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Leroy Lita, Penalty awarded.
    • 44:17 Unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Alejandro Faurlin results in a free kick. David Wheater takes the free kick.
    • 43:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Akos Buzsaky, clearance made by Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 43:31 Jay Simpson takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne.
    • 43:17 Akos Buzsaky takes a shot. Blocked by Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 42:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Akos Buzsaky. Akos Buzsaky restarts play with the free kick.
    • 41:53 A cross is delivered by Lee Cook, Jeremie Aliadiere makes a clearance.
    • 41:25 Akos Buzsaky fouled by Chris Killen, the ref awards a free kick. Akos Buzsaky takes the free kick.
    • 40:48 The ball is swung over by Gary O'Neil.
    • 40:16 The ball is swung over by Lee Cook, save made by Danny Coyne.
    • 39:38 Akos Buzsaky takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
    • 38:41 GOAL - Barry RobsonMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 QPR Power penalty scored by Barry Robson. Middlesbrough 1-0 QPR.
    • 37:38 Peter Ramage concedes a Penalty for a foul on Jeremie Aliadiere.
    • 36:58 Effort from inside the area by Jeremie Aliadiere misses to the left of the goal.
    • 35:54 Lee Cook crosses the ball, clearance made by Barry Robson.
    • 34:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Damion Stewart. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 30:32 Corner taken by Akos Buzsaky, clearance by Chris Killen.
    • 30:20 The ball is swung over by Jay Simpson, clearance made by Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 29:32 Stephen McManus fouled by Antonio German, the ref awards a free kick. David Wheater takes the direct free kick.
    • 29:01 Kyle Naughton delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Killen misses to the left of the goal.
    • 27:57 David Wheater produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
    • 27:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Akos Buzsaky. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 26:33 Peter Ramage fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Carl Ikeme takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:46 The offside flag is raised against Chris Killen. Carl Ikeme restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:12 Leroy Lita is ruled offside. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.
    • 23:56 Mikele Leigertwood takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne.
    • 20:55 Strike by Emanuel Pogatetz from inside the six-yard box clear the bar.
    • 20:17 Damion Stewart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Killen. Gary O'Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 17:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Willo Flood by Matthew Hill. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:26 The ball is sent over by Kyle Naughton, clearance by Lee Cook.
    • 14:33 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, clearance made by Akos Buzsaky.
    • Correction - 13:46 Jay Simpson produces a right-footed shot from just inside the penalty area and hits the post.
    • 13:46 Damion Stewart takes a shot from a just insdie the penalty box and hits the post.
    • 11:12 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, Leroy Lita challenges Kaspars Gorkss unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carl Ikeme takes the free kick.
    • 10:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Akos Buzsaky on Chris Killen. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Gary O'Neil, Carl Ikeme makes a save.
    • 8:39 Foul by Kaspars Gorkss on Willo Flood, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 7:40 The official flags Antonio German offside. Direct free kick taken by David Wheater.
    • 6:40 Leroy Lita is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Carl Ikeme.
    • 5:01 The ball is sent over by Lee Cook.
    • 4:16 Outswinging corner taken by Lee Cook, Barry Robson makes a clearance.
    • 3:48 Kyle Naughton is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Akos Buzsaky restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 2:48 Leroy Lita fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 2:48 Leroy Lita fouled by Kaspars Gorkss, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
    • 0:29 Foul by Antonio German on Emanuel Pogatetz, free kick awarded. Emanuel Pogatetz takes the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 27 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 33 35 69
    2 West Brom 33 31 63
    3 Nottm Forest 34 21 61
    4 Swansea 33 8 56
    5 Leicester 33 11 54
    6 Cardiff 32 15 49
    7 Sheff Utd 33 2 48
    8 Blackpool 34 9 47
    9 Middlesbrough 34 8 47
    10 Coventry 34 -7 46
    11 Barnsley 33 -5 45
    12 Bristol City 33 -7 42
    13 Preston 33 -8 42
    14 Doncaster 33 -1 41
    15 Watford 31 -3 39
    16 Derby 33 -9 39
    17 Ipswich 33 -8 38
    18 Reading 32 -9 38
    19 Scunthorpe 34 -20 38
    20 QPR 32 -8 37
    21 Crystal Palace 32 -1 34
    22 Sheff Wed 33 -19 34
    23 Plymouth 32 -15 29
    24 Peterborough 33 -20 24


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