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Middlesbrough   2 - 0   Preston

Middlesbrough v Preston

Middlesbrough 2-0 Preston

Middlesbrough's slim play-off hopes remain alive after a fortuitous win.

Boro keeper Brad Jones saved efforts from Ross Wallace, Darren Carter and Neil Mellor before Chris Killen headed in Barry Robson's free-kick.

Just before half-time Jones denied Wallace with his feet, while in the second half the Scot's powerful strike cannoned back off the post.

The visitors also had a penalty appeal turned down before Jonathan Franks fired in a second goal on 90 minutes.


Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan:
"We've had a traumatic couple of days with injuries and illness and the team got changed this morning three or four times.

"The win had nothing to do with football, but a lot to do with drive, determination and a will not to lose.

"Preston must feel unfortunate, but it's the only time I can say we've had a real bit of luck."

Preston boss Darren Ferguson:
"We deserved to win. I thought we were excellent.

"I'd rather play badly and win, obviously, but I thought my players' performance was top-drawer. I can't really have any complaints.

"I've just said to them in the dressing room, if we can play to that standard we've got a good chance of winning most of the seven games we have left."

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 2-0 Preston FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Killen 29
  • Franks 90

    Middlesbrough

    • 01 Jones
    • 02 Hoyte
    • 06 Pogatetz (Taylor 58)
    • 19 McManus yellow card
    • 25 Williams
    • 27 Bennett (Naughton 46)
    • 31 Wheater
    • 17 Robson
    • 12 Killen
    • 18 Miller (Lita 71)
    • 28 Franks

    Substitutes

    • 21 Coyne,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 05 Riggott,
    • 23 Grounds,
    • 33 Naughton,
    • 38 Park,
    • 09 Lita

    Preston

    • 01 Lonergan
    • 02 Hart (Jones 63)
    • 03 Davidson
    • 12 St. Ledger
    • 14 Chilvers
    • 04 Chaplow
    • 11 Carter yellow card
    • 23 James
    • 25 Wallace yellow card
    • 09 Brown (Parkin 63)
    • 33 Mellor yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 22 Henderson,
    • 19 Jones,
    • 24 Ward,
    • 07 Sedgwick,
    • 34 Barton,
    • 26 Parkin,
    • 38 Proctor
    Ref: TannerAtt: 16,974
    MIDDLESBROUGH
    PRESTON

    Possession

    • Middlesbrough 43%
    • Preston 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Middlesbrough 6
    • Preston 8

    Attempts off target

    • Middlesbrough 9
    • Preston 5

    Corners

    • Middlesbrough 2
    • Preston 7

    Fouls

    • Middlesbrough 9
    • Preston 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:15 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+4:34 Booking Neil Mellor receives a caution.
    • 90:00+3:48 Foul by Neil Mellor on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded. Jonathan Franks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:53 Foul by Sean St. Ledger on Chris Killen, free kick awarded. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:40 Effort from outside the penalty box by Callum Davidson goes wide left of the goal.
    • 90:00+0:02 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 89:43 Assist by Leroy Lita.
    • 89:43 GOAL - Jonathan FranksMiddlesbrough 2 - 0 Preston Jonathan Franks fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-0 Preston.
    • 88:37 The referee blows for offside against Leroy Lita. Andy Lonergan takes the free kick.
    • 87:45 Corner from the left by-line taken by Ross Wallace, Sean St. Ledger takes a shot. Save made by Brad Jones.
    • 86:21 Stephen McManus fouled by Ross Wallace, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is sent over by Barry Robson, Kyle Naughton has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 85:29 Leroy Lita has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
    • 84:01 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Barry Robson, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Chris Killen goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 77:11 Leroy Lita has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
    • 76:33 Neil Mellor takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
    • 75:46 Chris Killen takes a shot. Callum Davidson gets a block in.
    • 74:21 David Wheater challenges Jon Parkin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Liam Chilvers takes the free kick.
    • 73:37 Ross Wallace takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
    • 72:28 Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Neil Mellor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 70:30 Sean St. Ledger restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:30 Substitution Lee Miller goes off and Leroy Lita comes on.
    • 70:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Wheater on Neil Mellor.
    • 67:25 Kyle Naughton produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 66:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Matthew James. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.
    • 63:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks by Billy Jones. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
    • 62:03 Substitution Billy Jones replaces Michael Hart.
    • 62:03 Substitution Chris Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Jon Parkin.
    • 61:14 Corner taken by Ross Wallace from the left by-line, Header on goal by Chris Brown from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 60:42 Outswinging corner taken by Richard Chaplow.
    • 59:16 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Richard Chaplow.
    • 58:44 Ross Wallace produces a volleyed left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that hits the post.
    • 57:54 Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Andrew Taylor coming on for Emanuel Pogatetz.
    • 56:24 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Hart on Jonathan Franks. Barry Robson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, clearance by Callum Davidson.
    • 55:42 Chris Brown takes a shot. Brad Jones makes a comfortable save.
    • 54:49 Lee Miller is caught offside. Free kick taken by Liam Chilvers.
    • 52:29 Barry Robson takes the outswinging corner, Shot from 12 yards from David Wheater. Chris Killen gets a block in.
    • 51:23 Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Blocked by Sean St. Ledger. The official flags Barry Robson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 49:38 Darren Carter challenges Kyle Naughton unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Jonathan Franks takes a shot. Save by Andy Lonergan.
    • 48:13 The official flags Chris Brown offside. Free kick taken by Brad Jones.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution Kyle Naughton on for Joe Bennett.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:08 The first half comes to an end.
    • 44:33 Chris Killen fouled by Darren Carter, the ref awards a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Barry Robson.
    • 43:50 The assistant referee flags for offside against Neil Mellor. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Jones.
    • 42:50 Shot by Ross Wallace. Brad Jones makes a brilliant save.
    • 39:47 Ross Wallace produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 39:47 Booking Stephen McManus is given a yellow card.
    • 39:31 Foul by Stephen McManus on Neil Mellor, free kick awarded.
    • 31:18 Emanuel Pogatetz takes the free kick.
    • 31:18 Booking Ross Wallace receives a yellow card.
    • 31:10 Barry Robson fouled by Ross Wallace, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 30:07 David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:07 Booking Darren Carter receives a caution.
    • 29:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by Darren Carter.
    • 28:23 Assist by Barry Robson.
    • 28:23 GOAL - Chris KillenMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Preston Chris Killen grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Middlesbrough 1-0 Preston.
    • 27:39 Unfair challenge on Lee Miller by Sean St. Ledger results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • 26:33 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Richard Chaplow, save by Brad Jones.
    • 26:09 Shot by Darren Carter from 18 yards. Save made by Brad Jones.
    • 24:11 Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Brown. Free kick crossed left-footed by Ross Wallace from right wing.
    • 22:29 Chris Killen is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
    • 21:53 Corner taken right-footed by Richard Chaplow from the left by-line, save by Brad Jones.
    • 21:37 Effort on goal by Neil Mellor from 20 yards. Brad Jones makes a save.
    • 16:46 Richard Chaplow produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
    • 15:28 Unfair challenge on Sean St. Ledger by Lee Miller results in a free kick. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:44 Lee Miller produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
    • 12:32 Barry Robson is penalised for a handball. Ross Wallace produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Brad Jones.
    • 12:03 Barry Robson challenges Chris Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Callum Davidson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emanuel Pogatetz on Ross Wallace. Ross Wallace crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 6:05 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ross Wallace, save made by Brad Jones.
    • 5:28 Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Neil Mellor. Liam Chilvers takes the free kick.
    • 3:08 Darren Carter concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Barry Robson crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by David Wheater goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 1:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Sean St. Ledger. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 23 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 38 44 80
    2 West Brom 38 34 75
    3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
    4 Leicester 37 11 61
    5 Swansea 39 2 61
    6 Cardiff 37 16 58
    7 Blackpool 39 10 54
    8 Middlesbrough 39 9 53
    9 Sheff Utd 38 3 53
    10 Doncaster 39 3 52
    11 Coventry 38 -7 51
    12 Bristol City 39 -10 49
    13 Barnsley 38 -12 49
    14 Reading 36 -3 48
    15 Preston 39 -10 48
    16 Ipswich 39 -8 47
    17 QPR 38 -5 46
    18 Derby 39 -11 45
    19 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
    20 Watford 36 -8 42
    21 Sheff Wed 38 -18 40
    22 Crystal Palace 38 -4 39
    23 Plymouth 38 -15 37
    24 Peterborough 39 -25 30


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