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Middlesbrough   1 - 1   Crystal Palace

Middlesbrough 1-1 Crystal Palace

Middlesbrough 1-1 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace remain in the relegation zone despite coming from a goal down to claim a point at Middlesbrough.

Alan Lee had hit a Boro post before the hosts took the lead as Gary O'Neil teed up Scott McDonald, who seemed offside when the pass to O'Neil was played.

Palace levelled two minutes into first half stoppage-time as Alassane N'Diaye powerfully headed in a Lee cross.

Palace keeper Julian Speroni preserved his side's point with second half saves from Barry Robson and McDonald.

The draw kept Palace just a point adrift of safety, while Middlesbrough are six points from the play-off places after their fifth draw in six games.

Palace almost took the lead in the fourth minute when Lee got past David Wheater before firing against the woodwork.

However, the home side went in front when Palace tried to push up for offside, but O'Neil played the ball in to McDonald who finished well, to the anger of the visitors who felt the offside decision had not gone in their favour.

606: DEBATE

Darren Ambrose was denied an equaliser by a good save from Brad Jones before N'Diaye, who had earlier fired over, levelled from Lee's cross.

Middlesbrough started the second half brightly and Jonathan Franks set up chances for Chris Killen and McDonald but both failed to score with headers.

Speroni then took centre stage by tipping Robson's 25-yard shot round the post and then blocking McDonald's volley to leave his side just a point adrift of safety.


Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:

"Quality and imagination is what it comes down to.

"I can't ask for more in terms of work rate or determination but it's what you do in the final 25 yards that wins games and that's where we're lacking.

"If you have that you have more chance of winning and because we haven't is maybe why we have drawn so many."

Crystal Palace manager Paul Hart told BBC London 94.9:

"It was a tremendous performance in terms of character and strong, defensive principles.

"It's another great point against a very difficult side."


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Saturday, 3 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 1-1 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 1-1)
  • McDonald 15
  • N'Diaye 45+2

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Taylor (Naughton 42)
  • 19 McManus
  • 25 Williams (O'Shea 78)
  • 31 Wheater
  • 16 O'Neil
  • 17 Robson
  • 07 McDonald
  • 12 Killen (Lita 57)
  • 28 Franks

Substitutes

  • 21 Coyne,
  • 23 Grounds,
  • 33 Naughton,
  • 15 O'Shea,
  • 20 Arca,
  • 09 Lita,
  • 18 Miller

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni yellow card
  • 05 McCarthy
  • 17 Lawrence
  • 22 Ertl
  • 24 Davis yellow card
  • 04 Derry
  • 07 Ambrose
  • 08 Danns
  • 10 Carle (Scannell 72)
  • 33 N'Diaye
  • 19 Lee yellow card (Andrew 77)

Substitutes

  • 35 Manns,
  • 28 Comley,
  • 37 Holland,
  • 09 John,
  • 14 Scannell,
  • 18 Andrew,
  • 36 Zaha
Ref: SalisburyAtt: 18,428
MIDDLESBROUGH
CRYSTAL PALACE

Possession

  • Middlesbrough 59%
  • Crystal Palace 41%

Attempts on target

  • Middlesbrough 4
  • Crystal Palace 2

Attempts off target

  • Middlesbrough 2
  • Crystal Palace 4

Corners

  • Middlesbrough 11
  • Crystal Palace 5

Fouls

  • Middlesbrough 10
  • Crystal Palace 7
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:31 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+2:08 Unfair challenge on Patrick McCarthy by Leroy Lita results in a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:14 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks by Calvin Andrew results in a free kick. Gary O'Neil delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 88:14 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, Johannes Ertl manages to make a clearance.
  • 87:47 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 86:58 Effort from the edge of the box by Calvin Andrew goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 86:17 Booking Booking for Julian Speroni for time wasting.
  • 82:45 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gary O'Neil.
  • 81:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sean Scannell by James O'Shea. Patrick McCarthy takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:57 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, clearance made by Alassane N'Diaye.
  • 77:52 Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with James O'Shea coming on for Rhys Williams.
  • 76:34 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line to the near post, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 76:34 Substitution Alan Lee leaves the field to be replaced by Calvin Andrew.
  • 74:52 The ball is crossed by Jonathan Franks, Header from close range by Scott McDonald clears the bar.
  • 71:36 Matthew Lawrence takes the direct free kick.
  • 71:36 Substitution Nick Carle leaves the field to be replaced by Sean Scannell.
  • 71:36 Gary O'Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alan Lee.
  • 70:46 Booking The referee shows Alan Lee a yellow card for dissent.
  • 68:52 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line, Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 68:05 Jonathan Franks decides to take a short corner.
  • 67:50 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson.
  • 67:26 Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Julian Speroni.
  • 66:49 Unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Alan Lee results in a free kick. Stephen McManus takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:28 Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Johannes Ertl.
  • 62:46 Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose from the right by-line.
  • 62:14 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:38 Barry Robson takes the free kick.
  • 60:38 Booking The referee shows Claude Davis a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 60:29 Claude Davis challenges Scott McDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 59:12 Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Leroy Lita misses to the right of the target.
  • 57:27 Johannes Ertl fouled by Leroy Lita, the ref awards a free kick. Johannes Ertl restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:38 Substitution Leroy Lita joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Killen.
  • 55:02 The ball is delivered by Jonathan Franks, Chris Killen takes a shot. Julian Speroni makes a save.
  • 53:32 Corner from right by-line taken by Darren Ambrose.
  • 52:35 Outswinging corner taken by Darren Ambrose, clearance made by David Wheater.
  • 51:41 Corner taken right-footed by Darren Ambrose.
  • 46:41 The ball is delivered by Neil Danns, save made by Brad Jones.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:00 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+1:49 Assist on the goal came from Alan Lee.
  • 45:00+1:49 GOAL - Alassane N'DiayeMiddlesbrough 1 - 1 Crystal Palace Alassane N'Diaye finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Middlesbrough 1-1 Crystal Palace.
  • 45:00+0:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen McManus on Alan Lee. Shaun Derry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:02 The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Killen. Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
  • 41:32 Substitution Kyle Naughton on for Andrew Taylor.
  • 40:12 Shot from just outside the box by Alassane N'Diaye goes over the crossbar.
  • 38:02 Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Carle. Claude Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:41 Darren Ambrose takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
  • 31:14 Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Lawrence restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:28 Patrick McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Killen. Direct free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
  • 28:19 Scott McDonald fouled by Claude Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Wheater.
  • 27:57 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
  • 22:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jonathan Franks. Julian Speroni takes the indirect free kick.
  • 21:42 Chris Killen fouled by Alassane N'Diaye, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Wheater.
  • 21:05 David Wheater challenges Patrick McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Julian Speroni takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:36 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson played to the near post, Alassane N'Diaye makes a clearance.
  • 19:10 Foul by David Wheater on Alan Lee, free kick awarded. Darren Ambrose takes the free kick.
  • 18:16 Darren Ambrose has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
  • 14:41 Assist on the goal came from Gary O'Neil.
  • 14:41 GOAL - Scott McDonaldMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Scott McDonald grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Crystal Palace.
  • 12:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Killen by Patrick McCarthy. Rhys Williams takes the free kick.
  • 8:47 Inswinging corner taken by Gary O'Neil from the left by-line played to the near post, Neil Danns manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:02 Alassane N'Diaye fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Patrick McCarthy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:33 Effort from inside the penalty area by Alan Lee bounces off the post.
  • 1:22 Darren Ambrose fouled by Gary O'Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Johannes Ertl.
  • 0:40 Short corner taken by Jonathan Franks from the left by-line.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 3 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 40 47 86
2 West Brom 41 38 82
3 Nottm Forest 41 21 71
4 Cardiff 41 19 68
5 Swansea 41 1 62
6 Leicester 41 5 61
7 Blackpool 41 14 60
8 Middlesbrough 41 9 55
9 Doncaster 41 3 55
10 Sheff Utd 41 2 55
11 Bristol City 41 -9 53
12 Reading 39 -3 52
13 Coventry 41 -9 52
14 Ipswich 41 -7 51
15 Derby 41 -9 51
16 Barnsley 41 -13 51
17 Preston 41 -10 50
18 QPR 40 -5 48
19 Scunthorpe 40 -20 47
20 Sheff Wed 41 -17 45
21 Watford 40 -11 44
22 Crystal Palace 41 -3 43
23 Plymouth 41 -16 41
24 Peterborough 41 -27 30



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