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Middlesbrough   2 - 2   Newcastle

Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle (UK only)

Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle

By Mike Henson

Newcastle's Andy Carroll
Carroll fires his equaliser past David Wheater and Kyle Naughton

Andy Carroll's late equaliser denied Middlesbrough in a pulsating derby as Newcastle saw their lead at the top of the Championship cut to four points.

Peter Lovenkrands scored from Jonas Gutierrez's clever pass against the run of play, before the hosts struck back.

Barry Robson blasted the Teessiders level with a superb long-range shot and his side took the lead when Scott McDonald hooked in from five yards.

But Carroll's composed finish denied Middlesbrough local bragging rights.

Chris Hughton's Newcastle side came into the game having scored 15 goals on their way to four successive victories, while Middlesbrough had suffered three defeats and scored just twice over the same period.

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But McDonald's return to the forward line after two games out with a hernia seemed to reinvigorate the hosts.

Inside the first minute, referee Lee Mason waved away appeals for a penalty as the Australian hit the turf chasing a long ball over the top with Fabricio Coloccini.

Middlesbrough continued to make light of the 25-point gap between the two sides with all the early pressure and Fitz Hall had to dive in bravely to make a close-range block from Stephen McManus' fierce shot.

But Newcastle took the lead with their first attack of substance.

Kevin Nolan fed Gutierrez on the left-hand edge of the box and the Argentina midfielder held off the attentions of Kyle Naughton to slip a perfect pass through for Lovenkrands to coolly slot home.

Robson's curling free-kick demanded a plunging save from Steve Harper before Chris Killen's header lacked the power or direction to trouble the goalkeeper.

But Harper was reduced to a spectator by Robson's equaliser as the midfielder exchanged passes with former Celtic team-mate McDonald before finding the bottom corner from 20 yards.

After two finely crafted goals in the game, Newcastle came close to going back in front with a more direct approach.

Carroll's flick-on directed Harper's goal-kick into the path of Lovenkrands, but the Dane could not beat an onrushing Danny Coyne.

Middlesbrough's Barry Robson
Barry Robson was an impressive performer in Middlesbrough's midfield

Coloccini's departure brought on Ryan Taylor and the substitute did enough to keep Julio Arca from getting a decisive touch at the far post.

After a mis-hit cross from Gutierrez almost embarrassed Coyne at the other end, Arca was sent clear by Gary O'Neil, but could only lift his shot into Harper's knee.

Middlesbrough ascendency continued as Killen came within inches of diverting McDonald's shot towards goal, but Newcastle countered with a Tamas Kadar header that Coyne did well to tip over.

Gordon Strachan's side's breakthrough came as Killen nodded Robson's free-kick ball across the six-yard box and McDonald twisted to turn it in.

But the visitors were back on to the front foot almost immediately and restored parity inside 10 minutes.

Taylor's cross found Carroll in a pocket of space and the striker duly controlled the ball before sliding a finish past Coyne with the outside of his foot.

With his side pressing forward Carroll could have nicked an unlikely winner but he failed to connect cleanly with Gutierrez's cut-back.


Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan on Scott McDonald's claims for an early penalty:
"We should have had a penalty in the first two minutes, and the referee just to make it up, allowed us to get away with a free-kick 30 seconds after it.

"If you are going to make a decision, referee, don't try to even it up. It's not right, we don't want that.

"Be brave and stand by your decisions."

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton:
"What we have always had this season is we are never out of a game.

"That's one thing we have in this group of lads, a real desire not to give up and you just hope among all that, you have a bit of fortune in front of goal.

"By our admission and his own, it wasn't one of Andy Carroll's better games today and the chance he had was very much a half-chance.

"But this is a lad who is in good goalscoring form and when you are in that type of form, they are the type of goals you score."

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Saturday, 13 March 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Robson 36
  • McDonald 74
  • Lovenkrands 16
  • Carroll 82

Middlesbrough

  • 21 Coyne
  • 03 Taylor
  • 19 McManus
  • 25 Williams
  • 31 Wheater
  • 33 Naughton
  • 16 O'Neil
  • 17 Robson
  • 20 Arca
  • 07 McDonald yellow card
  • 12 Killen (Miller 87)

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones,
  • 02 Hoyte,
  • 05 Riggott,
  • 27 Bennett,
  • 09 Lita,
  • 18 Miller,
  • 28 Franks

Newcastle

  • 01 Harper
  • 02 Coloccini (Taylor 50)
  • 05 Hall yellow card
  • 12 Simpson yellow card
  • 28 Kadar yellow card
  • 04 Nolan
  • 08 Guthrie
  • 18 Gutierrez
  • 21 Pancrate (Best 78)
  • 11 Lovenkrands (Butt 70)
  • 24 Carroll yellow card

Substitutes

  • 26 Krul,
  • 03 Jose Enrique,
  • 16 Taylor,
  • 10 Routledge,
  • 22 Butt,
  • 20 Best,
  • 30 Ranger
Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 27,342
MIDDLESBROUGH
NEWCASTLE

Possession

  • Middlesbrough 37%
  • Newcastle 63%

Attempts on target

  • Middlesbrough 10
  • Newcastle 6

Attempts off target

  • Middlesbrough 10
  • Newcastle 1

Corners

  • Middlesbrough 11
  • Newcastle 7

Fouls

  • Middlesbrough 15
  • Newcastle 18
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:46 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:09 Lee Miller challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
  • 90:00+1:04 Danny Simpson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Miller. Free kick taken by Barry Robson.
  • 90:00+0:27 Nicky Butt delivers the ball, Gary O'Neil manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor, save by Danny Coyne.
  • 89:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall by Lee Miller. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
  • 88:35 Julio Arca produces a cross.
  • 87:55 The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Kyle Naughton takes the indirect free kick.
  • 87:29 Danny Simpson takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Danny Guthrie, David Wheater makes a clearance.
  • 87:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Guthrie by Rhys Williams. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Butt.
  • 86:18 Substitution Chris Killen leaves the field to be replaced by Lee Miller.
  • 85:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Killen on Nicky Butt. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Chris Killen.
  • 84:43 Ryan Taylor crosses the ball, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater.
  • 83:44 Rhys Williams takes a shot. Fitz Hall gets a block in.
  • 81:41 Ryan Taylor provided the assist for the goal.
  • 81:41 GOAL - Andrew CarrollMiddlesbrough 2 - 2 Newcastle A goal is scored by Andrew Carroll from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-2 Newcastle.
  • 80:49 Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, Barry Robson makes a clearance.
  • 78:43 Inswinging corner taken by Danny Guthrie, clearance by Andrew Taylor. Ryan Taylor takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Rhys Williams.
  • 78:03 Booking Scott McDonald receives a yellow card.
  • 77:53 Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.
  • 77:12 Tamas Kadar restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:12 Substitution Leon Best is brought on as a substitute for Fabrice Pancrate.
  • 77:12 Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Killen on Danny Guthrie.
  • 75:23 Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Barry Robson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 74:40 Booking Andrew Carroll receives a yellow card.
  • 74:27 David Wheater fouled by Andrew Carroll, the ref awards a free kick. Andrew Taylor takes the direct free kick.
  • 73:15 Chris Killen provided the assist for the goal.
  • 73:15 GOAL - Scott McDonaldMiddlesbrough 2 - 1 Newcastle Scott McDonald gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-1 Newcastle.
  • 72:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Butt on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
  • 70:23 Foul by Julio Arca on Ryan Taylor, free kick awarded. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
  • 68:48 Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.
  • 68:48 Substitution Nicky Butt replaces Peter Lovenkrands.
  • 68:48 Booking Tamas Kadar is given a yellow card.
  • 68:01 Danny Guthrie takes a outswinging corner. Scott McDonald fouled by Tamas Kadar, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 67:38 Foul by Gary O'Neil on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Danny Simpson.
  • 66:20 Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, Tamas Kadar takes a shot. Danny Coyne makes a save. Danny Guthrie takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Andrew Taylor.
  • 65:35 Julio Arca produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
  • 64:34 Effort from the edge of the box by Scott McDonald goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 63:39 Gary O'Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Simpson. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 63:23 Barry Robson sends in a cross, clearance made by Andrew Carroll.
  • 62:45 Rhys Williams takes a shot. Blocked by Fitz Hall. Gary O'Neil takes a shot. Danny Simpson gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil to the near post, clearance by Fitz Hall.
  • 62:30 The ball is crossed by Andrew Taylor, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.
  • 60:35 Julio Arca takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
  • 57:49 Centre by Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 57:25 Centre by Julio Arca, save made by Steve Harper.
  • 56:36 The ball is delivered by Fitz Hall, clearance made by David Wheater.
  • 54:57 The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez.
  • 54:19 Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
  • 53:25 Shot from inside the area by David Wheater clears the bar.
  • 52:51 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:12 Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the right by-line played to the near post, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
  • 51:21 Barry Robson delivers the ball, clearance by Ryan Taylor. Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line played to the near post, Kevin Nolan makes a clearance.
  • 48:52 Substitution Fabricio Coloccini goes off and Ryan Taylor comes on.
  • 48:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wheater by Andrew Carroll. Danny Coyne takes the indirect free kick.
  • 47:27 Fabrice Pancrate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Andrew Carroll. Gary O'Neil decides to take the corner short.
  • 46:57 Jonas Gutierrez concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Killen. Kyle Naughton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary O'Neil on Danny Guthrie. Direct free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
  • 45:30 Foul by Scott McDonald on Kevin Nolan, free kick awarded. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:04 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:46 Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, save made by Steve Harper. Barry Robson delivers the ball, David Wheater produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:00+0:58 Peter Lovenkrands produces a lobbed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 45:00+0:04 Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Andrew Carroll results in a free kick. Danny Coyne takes the free kick.
  • 44:07 Andrew Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Andrew Carroll. Gary O'Neil takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Nolan.
  • 43:31 Kevin Nolan concedes a free kick for a foul on Julio Arca. Free kick taken by Gary O'Neil.
  • 42:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Jonas Gutierrez. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
  • 41:54 Long range shot from Barry Robson misses to the left of the goal.
  • 39:10 The ball is delivered by Jonas Gutierrez, Stephen McManus makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Stephen McManus.
  • 38:31 Fabrice Pancrate delivers the ball, Danny Coyne makes a save.
  • 37:09 Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Direct free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
  • 36:34 Barry Robson challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jonas Gutierrez takes the free kick.
  • 35:02 Assist by Scott McDonald.
  • 35:02 GOAL - Barry RobsonMiddlesbrough 1 - 1 Newcastle Barry Robson scores a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-1 Newcastle.
  • 33:09 Julio Arca produces a cross, Chris Killen takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper.
  • 32:02 Julio Arca produces a cross, save made by Steve Harper.
  • 30:50 The ball is sent over by Gary O'Neil.
  • 30:19 Centre by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Fitz Hall.
  • 27:13 Barry Robson has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Steve Harper. Barry Robson takes a short corner. A cross is delivered by Andrew Taylor, Peter Lovenkrands makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, Kevin Nolan manages to make a clearance.
  • 27:13 Booking Danny Simpson receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 27:01 Danny Simpson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wheater.
  • 26:31 Fabrice Pancrate gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca. Andrew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:27 Rhys Williams has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 25:11 Rhys Williams fouled by Danny Guthrie, the ref awards a free kick. David Wheater takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:23 Stephen McManus challenges Andrew Carroll unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Guthrie.
  • 23:53 Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
  • 22:02 Gary O'Neil shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 22:02 Booking Booking for Fitz Hall.
  • 21:51 Fitz Hall challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 20:39 Barry Robson delivers the ball.
  • 19:38 A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton.
  • 15:23 Jonas Gutierrez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 15:23 GOAL - Peter LovenkrandsMiddlesbrough 0 - 1 Newcastle Peter Lovenkrands fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 0-1 Newcastle.
  • 15:00 The ball is crossed by Fabrice Pancrate.
  • 13:47 The ball is sent over by Scott McDonald, clearance by Fitz Hall. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary O'Neil, clearance made by Fitz Hall.
  • 13:17 The ball is crossed by Andrew Taylor.
  • 11:12 Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands. Direct free kick taken by Fitz Hall.
  • 9:37 The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, Danny Simpson gets a block in. Andrew Taylor crosses the ball.
  • 8:25 The ball is crossed by Fabrice Pancrate.
  • 7:39 Peter Lovenkrands gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
  • 6:51 Centre by Julio Arca, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Barry Robson misses to the left of the goal.
  • 6:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca by Fabrice Pancrate. Free kick taken by Andrew Taylor.
  • 5:58 The offside flag is raised against Rhys Williams. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:01 Barry Robson delivers the ball. Corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line played to the near post, Stephen McManus takes a shot. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
  • 3:26 A cross is delivered by Peter Lovenkrands, save by Danny Coyne.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 13 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 35 40 73
2 West Brom 36 31 69
3 Nottm Forest 36 21 64
4 Swansea 36 8 60
5 Leicester 35 10 57
6 Cardiff 35 13 52
7 Blackpool 36 9 50
8 Coventry 36 -6 50
9 Sheff Utd 36 0 49
10 Middlesbrough 36 7 48
11 Doncaster 36 3 48
12 Preston 36 -7 47
13 Barnsley 35 -10 46
14 Bristol City 36 -11 45
15 QPR 35 -4 44
16 Reading 34 -4 44
17 Ipswich 36 -6 44
18 Derby 36 -11 42
19 Watford 34 -7 39
20 Crystal Palace 35 -1 38
21 Sheff Wed 36 -18 38
22 Scunthorpe 35 -21 38
23 Plymouth 35 -17 31
24 Peterborough 36 -19 30


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