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Middlesbrough   1 - 0   Sheff Wed

Middlesbrough v Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield Wed

Scott McDonald's deflected first-half goal kept alive Middlesbrough's hopes of making the play-offs as they beat struggling Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls could have taken the lead twice but for two saves from Brad Jones denying Darren Potter and Marcus Tudgay while Jermaine Johnson also went close.

Johnson later missed a one on one with Jones before McDonald's tame 30-yard strike went in off Mark Beevers.

Luke Varney later hit the crossbar for Wednesday as Boro held on for the win.


Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan:
"It was entertaining for people to watch.

"There was plenty of action in either box from two teams who were trying to win.

"It wasn't Real Madrid against Barcelona but it was a decent Championship game."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Alan Irvine:

"We are extremely disappointed.

"We did enough to come away with something. The goal was very cruel on us. I felt we were the better team for most of the game.

"Boro were a threat on the counter-attack, especially as the game wore on, but we had the chances to win it."


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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheff Wed FT
(HT 1-0)
  • McDonald 40

    Middlesbrough

    • 01 Jones
    • 02 Hoyte
    • 19 McManus yellow card
    • 31 Wheater
    • 33 Naughton
    • 17 Robson
    • 20 Arca
    • 25 Williams
    • 28 Franks
    • 07 McDonald
    • 09 Lita

    Substitutes

    • 21 Coyne,
    • 03 Taylor,
    • 23 Grounds,
    • 27 Bennett,
    • 15 O'Shea,
    • 12 Killen,
    • 18 Miller

    Sheff Wed

    • 01 Grant
    • 02 Spurr
    • 04 Purse
    • 15 Beevers
    • 32 Nolan
    • 14 Potter
    • 17 O'Connor (Esajas 76)
    • 23 Johnson
    • 30 Soares
    • 07 Tudgay (Jeffers 80)
    • 19 Varney

    Substitutes

    • 22 O'Donnell,
    • 05 Hinds,
    • 20 Simek,
    • 33 Gray,
    • 11 Esajas,
    • 09 Jeffers,
    • 18 Clarke
    Ref: MossAtt: 19,932
    MIDDLESBROUGH
    SHEFF WED

    Possession

    • Middlesbrough 50%
    • Sheff Wed 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Middlesbrough 9
    • Sheff Wed 8

    Attempts off target

    • Middlesbrough 8
    • Sheff Wed 10

    Corners

    • Middlesbrough 7
    • Sheff Wed 4

    Fouls

    • Middlesbrough 11
    • Sheff Wed 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:00 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+3:18 Foul by Darren Potter on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Stephen McManus takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+2:16 Etienne Esajas concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Stephen McManus restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:50 The ball is swung over by Etienne Esajas, save by Brad Jones.
    • 87:17 Shot by Kyle Naughton from 18 yards. Save by Lee Grant. Short corner worked by Barry Robson. A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton, save made by Lee Grant. Short corner taken by Barry Robson.
    • 86:26 Barry Robson sends in a cross.
    • 85:35 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save. Corner from right by-line taken by Rhys Williams.
    • 84:09 Leroy Lita fouled by Mark Beevers, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Barry Robson.
    • 82:48 Justin Hoyte challenges Darren Potter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Potter produces a cross, Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater. Effort on goal by Tommy Spurr from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 82:21 The ball is sent over by Julio Arca, save made by Lee Grant.
    • 81:40 Tom Soares takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
    • 80:21 Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.
    • 79:34 Substitution (Sheff Wed) makes a substitution, with Francis Jeffers coming on for Marcus Tudgay.
    • 78:41 Jermaine Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen McManus. Brad Jones takes the direct free kick.
    • 77:13 A cross is delivered by Jonathan Franks, Tom Soares makes a clearance. Scott McDonald produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 76:41 Julio Arca delivers the ball, Mark Beevers manages to make a clearance.
    • 75:33 Brad Jones takes the free kick.
    • 75:33 Substitution Etienne Esajas comes on in place of James O'Connor.
    • 75:33 Unfair challenge on Julio Arca by Tom Soares results in a free kick.
    • 73:56 Centre by Jonathan Franks, clearance made by Eddie Nolan. Corner taken by Barry Robson. The ball is sent over by Jonathan Franks, save by Lee Grant.
    • 73:08 Scott McDonald takes a shot from 18 yards. Save by Lee Grant.
    • 72:06 Tom Soares fouled by Julio Arca, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Tommy Spurr, comfortable save by Brad Jones.
    • Correction - 71:21 The offside flag is raised against Scott McDonald. Direct free kick taken by Darren Purse.
    • 71:21 The assistant referee flags for offside against Scott McDonald. Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:42 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Darren Purse gets a block in.
    • 68:43 Foul by Barry Robson on Marcus Tudgay, free kick awarded. Darren Purse takes the free kick.
    • 68:07 Jermaine Johnson has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
    • 66:47 Leroy Lita is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Lee Grant takes the indirect free kick.
    • 65:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Rhys Williams. The ball is crossed by Darren Potter, Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Purse misses to the right of the goal.
    • 64:35 Kyle Naughton fouled by Eddie Nolan, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brad Jones.
    • 62:53 Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant. Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Header on goal by David Wheater from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 61:06 Jermaine Johnson takes a shot. Justin Hoyte gets a block in. Darren Potter takes the inswinging corner, Luke Varney takes a shot.
    • 59:45 Free kick crossed left-footed by Tommy Spurr from right wing, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:45 Booking Stephen McManus shown a yellow card.
    • 59:38 Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson.
    • 58:38 James O'Connor sends in a cross, Kyle Naughton makes a clearance.
    • 57:22 Tom Soares produces a cross.
    • 57:16 Centre by Tommy Spurr, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
    • 56:18 Barry Robson produces a cross, clearance by Darren Purse.
    • 55:44 Kyle Naughton produces a cross, clearance by Mark Beevers.
    • 52:46 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Lee Grant takes the free kick.
    • 52:40 Centre by Kyle Naughton.
    • 48:11 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Franks by James O'Connor results in a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Barry Robson.
    • 47:05 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tommy Spurr, Darren Purse produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 46:51 James O'Connor takes a shot. David Wheater gets a block in.
    • 45:49 The official flags Jermaine Johnson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Brad Jones.
    • 45:14 Marcus Tudgay fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:19 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+1:47 Scott McDonald produces a cross, Effort from the edge of the area by Justin Hoyte goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • Correction - 45:00 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00 Jermaine Johnson fouled by Barry Robson, the ref awards a free kick. Lee Grant restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 42:16 A cross is delivered by Scott McDonald, Eddie Nolan manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:16 Centre by Scott McDonald.
    • 41:24 Unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Tommy Spurr results in a free kick. Justin Hoyte takes the direct free kick.
    • 40:43 James O'Connor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
    • 39:45 GOAL - Scott McDonaldMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Sheff Wed Goal scored by Scott McDonald from outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheff Wed.
    • 38:23 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Johnson by David Wheater results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Darren Potter, Brad Jones makes a comfortable save.
    • 35:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Darren Purse on Barry Robson. Brad Jones takes the free kick.
    • 34:51 Unfair challenge on James O'Connor by Julio Arca results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Darren Potter.
    • 34:02 Shot by Jonathan Franks from 20 yards. Darren Potter gets a block in.
    • 33:15 Jermaine Johnson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 29:59 Shot from 18 yards from Barry Robson. Save by Lee Grant. Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Marcus Tudgay.
    • 28:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Darren Potter from the left by-line, clearance made by Kyle Naughton. Inswinging corner taken by Tommy Spurr from the right by-line.
    • 25:49 Shot from 18 yards from Julio Arca. Blocked by Darren Purse. Corner taken by Barry Robson played to the near post, clearance made by Darren Potter.
    • 24:06 Leroy Lita takes a shot. Lee Grant makes a save.
    • 23:19 Leroy Lita is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Purse takes the indirect free kick.
    • 21:41 A cross is delivered by Marcus Tudgay, clearance by Justin Hoyte.
    • 20:03 James O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
    • 18:11 The ball is sent over by Justin Hoyte.
    • 16:32 Barry Robson challenges Luke Varney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Potter sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Leon Clarke goes over the bar.
    • 14:35 Effort on goal by Scott McDonald from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 12:53 Centre by Julio Arca, clearance by Tommy Spurr.
    • 12:36 The official flags Leroy Lita offside. Indirect free kick taken by James O'Connor.
    • 10:27 A cross is delivered by Eddie Nolan, Darren Potter has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 9:29 Shot from long distance by Julio Arca misses to the right of the goal.
    • 9:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Leroy Lita. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.
    • 8:24 Shot from close range by Leon Clarke clears the bar.
    • 6:34 Leon Clarke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte. Direct free kick taken by Brad Jones.
    • 6:17 James O'Connor takes a shot. Save by Brad Jones.
    • 5:34 The ball is delivered by Luke Varney, clearance made by David Wheater.
    • Correction - 4:43 Justin Hoyte sends in a cross.
    • 4:43 Justin Hoyte delivers the ball.
    • 3:19 Shot from just outside the area by Julio Arca misses to the left of the target.
    • 2:04 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Luke Varney results in a free kick. Brad Jones takes the direct free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 42 51 92
    2 West Brom 43 39 86
    3 Nottm Forest 43 24 75
    4 Cardiff 43 19 70
    5 Leicester 43 10 67
    6 Swansea 43 3 65
    7 Blackpool 43 13 63
    8 Middlesbrough 43 12 61
    9 Bristol City 43 -7 59
    10 Sheff Utd 43 2 58
    11 Reading 41 0 56
    12 Doncaster 43 0 55
    13 Ipswich 43 -8 54
    14 Preston 43 -11 53
    15 Barnsley 43 -13 53
    16 Derby 43 -11 52
    17 Coventry 43 -13 52
    18 QPR 42 -7 51
    19 Watford 42 -10 48
    20 Scunthorpe 42 -24 47
    21 Crystal Palace 43 -3 46
    22 Sheff Wed 43 -19 45
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