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Middlesbrough   3 - 1   Reading


Middlesbrough 3-1 Reading

Middlesbrough 3-1 Reading

Middlesbrough outplayed Reading to claim a comfortable win and leapfrog the Royals in the Championship table.

The hosts got off to the perfect start when Barry Robson latched on to Nicky Bailey's pass and fired in the opening goal after just 22 seconds.

Leroy Lita made it 2-0 before Jimmy Kebe pulled one back for the visitors with a superb individual effort.

But David Wheater headed home a Robson corner to seal the win before Brian Howard saw red for the Royals late on.

The result lifts Boro above the Royals in the npower Championship table and manager Gordon Strachan will take great heart from a much-improved showing in which his side finally displayed their promotion credentials.

Boro made a stunning start and took the lead when Robson latched on to a neat through ball from Bailey and broke clear before cracking a powerful left-footed shot into the far corner.

Reading struggled to respond and were grateful to Adam Federici as the goalkeeper twice denied Lita before keeping out another firm strike from Robson.

The Royals had another lucky escape in the 22nd minute when Scott McDonald volleyed against the bar following an error by Matt Mills.

Reading were then denied by the woodwork as Kebe directed a shot on to the post from Jobi McAnuff's cross.

Kink and Bailey fired over as Boro continued to sparkle and the hosts added a second goal four minutes before the interval when Lita beat the offside trap before squeezing a shot past Federici.

The Royals were handed a lifeline in the 44th minute courtesy of a stunning individual strike from Kebe, who exchanged passes with Howard and waltzed past several challenges before side-footing home.

Reading then saw appeals for a penalty rejected after Julio Arca appeared to barge Shane Long to the ground.

Kink wasted a glorious chance to grab a third for Boro eight minutes after the interval, the Estonian dragging his shot wide after being put through one-on-one.

A deflected effort from the lively Lita flew narrowly wide as the Teessiders piled on the pressure.

Ian Harte went close at the other end with a thunderous strike that ricocheted off a Boro defender.

Reading's hopes of rescuing something from the game all but ended as Wheater rose highest to convert Robson's inswinging corner from the right.

And a miserable afternoon for Reading was rounded off when Howard saw red after appearing to go over the ball in a challenge with Andy Halliday.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Middlesbrough 3-1 Reading FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Robson 1
  • Lita 41
  • Wheater 68
  • Kebe 44

Middlesbrough

  • 30 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte (McMahon 79)
  • 05 Wheater
  • 06 McManus
  • 10 Bailey
  • 17 Robson
  • 20 Arca
  • 37 Tavares
  • 07 McDonald yellow card
  • 11 Kink (Halliday 70 yellow card)
  • 15 Lita

Substitutes

  • 21 Coyne,
  • 04 Bates,
  • 29 McMahon,
  • 33 Smallwood,
  • 19 Halliday,
  • 09 Boyd,
  • 16 Miller

Reading

  • 01 Federici
  • 05 Mills
  • 23 Harte
  • 24 Cummings (Hunt 69)
  • 26 Pearce
  • 04 Karacan
  • 06 Gunnarsson yellow card
  • 11 McAnuff (Antonio 77)
  • 14 Kebe
  • 20 Howard red card
  • 09 Long (Church 89)

Substitutes

  • 41 McCarthy,
  • 03 Williams,
  • 15 Khizanishvili,
  • 17 Antonio,
  • 19 Robson-Kanu,
  • 10 Hunt,
  • 18 Church
Ref: SalisburyAtt: 15,158
MIDDLESBROUGH
READING

Possession

  • Middlesbrough 57%
  • Reading 43%

Attempts on target

  • Middlesbrough 11
  • Reading 2

Attempts off target

  • Middlesbrough 6
  • Reading 3

Corners

  • Middlesbrough 8
  • Reading 6

Fouls

  • Middlesbrough 21
  • Reading 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:11 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+2:34 Jimmy Kebe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey. Mickael Tavares restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:50 Substitution Shane Long goes off and Simon Church comes on.
  • 86:23 Leroy Lita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jem Karacan. Direct free kick taken by Matt Mills.
  • 85:45 The ball is delivered by Nicky Bailey, clearance made by Matt Mills.
  • 84:59 Booking Brynjar Gunnarsson receives a yellow card.
  • Correction - 84:05 Tony McMahon restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 84:05 Sent off Brian Howard is sent off by the referee for serious foul play.
  • 84:05 Tony McMahon takes the free kick.
  • 84:05 Sent off Brian Howard sent off.
  • Correction - 83:42 Andy Halliday fouled by Brian Howard, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 83:42 Brian Howard concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Halliday.
  • 83:31 Nicky Bailey challenges Jem Karacan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jem Karacan.
  • 82:38 Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 82:38 Booking Caution for Andy Halliday.
  • 82:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Halliday on Michail Antonio.
  • 81:35 Leroy Lita crosses the ball.
  • 79:33 Jem Karacan fouled by Mickael Tavares, the ref awards a free kick. Brynjar Gunnarsson takes the free kick.
  • 78:52 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson to the near post, Brynjar Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 78:32 Substitution Tony McMahon on for Justin Hoyte.
  • 76:25 Substitution Michail Antonio comes on in place of Jobi McAnuff.
  • 76:02 Mickael Tavares is ruled offside. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:53 The ball is swung over by Ian Harte, save made by Jason Steele.
  • 74:37 Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Brian Howard.
  • 74:18 The ball is swung over by Julio Arca, Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 73:42 Noel Hunt challenges Barry Robson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mickael Tavares.
  • 72:39 A cross is delivered by Brynjar Gunnarsson, Shot from deep inside the area by Jimmy Kebe clears the crossbar.
  • 70:32 Leroy Lita is ruled offside. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:19 Shot by Nicky Bailey. Alex Pearce gets a block in.
  • 69:09 Substitution Andy Halliday comes on in place of Tarmo Kink.
  • 68:15 Substitution Noel Hunt replaces Shaun Cummings.
  • 67:21 Assist by Barry Robson.
  • 67:21 GOAL - David WheaterMiddlesbrough 3 - 1 Reading David Wheater finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Middlesbrough 3-1 Reading.
  • 67:01 Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson,
  • 66:40 Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Brynjar Gunnarsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:23 Tarmo Kink takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Mills.
  • 65:38 Shane Long challenges Julio Arca unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 65:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shaun Cummings by Nicky Bailey. Shaun Cummings takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Nicky Bailey. Free kick taken by Alex Pearce.
  • 64:32 Tarmo Kink has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
  • 63:53 Jem Karacan produces a cross, comfortable save by Jason Steele.
  • 63:29 Brian Howard decides to take a short corner.
  • 62:44 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Brian Howard, clearance by David Wheater.
  • 62:16 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Nicky Bailey manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shane Long on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Julio Arca.
  • 59:51 Corner taken by Brian Howard.
  • 59:12 Leroy Lita concedes a free kick for a foul on Brynjar Gunnarsson. Alex Pearce takes the free kick.
  • 57:08 Mickael Tavares is adjudged to have handled the ball. Ian Harte takes the direct free kick.
  • 56:40 Leroy Lita fouled by Brynjar Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.
  • 55:48 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 55:16 Corner taken by Brian Howard played to the near post, clearance by Nicky Bailey.
  • 55:01 Ian Harte takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Wheater gets a block in.
  • 53:55 Shot from 18 yards from Leroy Lita. Ian Harte gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson to the near post, David Wheater produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 6 yards. Brynjar Gunnarsson gets a block in.
  • 53:45 The ball is crossed by Nicky Bailey, Matt Mills makes a clearance.
  • 53:02 David Wheater fouled by Shane Long, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
  • 52:13 Tarmo Kink has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:38 Brian Howard takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.
  • 50:57 Stephen McManus challenges Brian Howard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Brian Howard.
  • 49:15 Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 49:15 Booking Scott McDonald goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 49:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott McDonald on Ian Harte.
  • 48:06 Shaun Cummings challenges Leroy Lita unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Barry Robson, clearance made by Ian Harte.
  • 46:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tarmo Kink on Brynjar Gunnarsson. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 46:04 Shane Long fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:13 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:39 Effort from just outside the box by Tarmo Kink goes over the bar.
  • 45:00+0:18 The ball is crossed by Shaun Cummings, Julio Arca manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:27 Foul by Tarmo Kink on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Ian Harte, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
  • 43:09 GOAL - Jimmy KebeMiddlesbrough 2 - 1 Reading Jimmy Kebe gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-1 Reading.
  • 42:27 Foul by Barry Robson on Brynjar Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Harte.
  • 40:26 The assist for the goal came from Julio Arca.
  • 40:26 GOAL - Leroy LitaMiddlesbrough 2 - 0 Reading A goal is scored by Leroy Lita from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-0 Reading.
  • 39:27 Foul by Jimmy Kebe on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Barry Robson. Nicky Bailey is ruled offside. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:54 The offside flag is raised against Jimmy Kebe. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 36:54 Stephen McManus gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Brian Howard crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by David Wheater.
  • 35:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Wheater by Brian Howard. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 34:32 Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 33:23 Nicky Bailey produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 32:27 Tarmo Kink has shot on goal from a long way out that goes wide left.
  • 29:47 The referee blows for offside against Scott McDonald. Adam Federici takes the free kick.
  • 28:35 Leroy Lita fouled by Brynjar Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Mickael Tavares takes the free kick.
  • 26:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Robson on Brian Howard. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Brian Howard, David Wheater makes a clearance.
  • 24:57 Scott McDonald delivers the ball, Shaun Cummings manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, Stephen McManus concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Harte. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.
  • 24:00 Jobi McAnuff sends in a cross, Jimmy Kebe produces a volleyed right-footed shot from close range and strikes the post.
  • 21:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Mills by Leroy Lita. Matt Mills restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:24 Scott McDonald takes a shot.
  • 20:54 Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Justin Hoyte. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
  • 18:48 Jobi McAnuff gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tarmo Kink. Justin Hoyte takes the free kick.
  • 17:52 The official flags Scott McDonald offside. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:34 Barry Robson produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Adam Federici.
  • 15:49 David Wheater gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Brian Howard takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:15 Foul by Shane Long on Barry Robson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.
  • 10:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott McDonald on Brian Howard. Ian Harte produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 10:31 Unfair challenge on Jimmy Kebe by Julio Arca results in a free kick. Brian Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:39 Barry Robson crosses the ball, comfortable save by Adam Federici.
  • 7:11 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, clearance made by Matt Mills.
  • 6:56 Shot by Leroy Lita. Adam Federici makes a save.
  • 4:03 Centre by Leroy Lita, clearance made by Adam Federici. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the right by-line to the near post. Effort from 18 yards by Leroy Lita. Blocked by Alex Pearce.
  • 3:05 The referee blows for offside against Scott McDonald. Adam Federici restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:19 The ball is sent over by Scott McDonald, Matt Mills makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, clearance by Matt Mills.
  • 0:22 Assist on the goal came from Nicky Bailey.
  • 0:22 GOAL - Barry RobsonMiddlesbrough 1 - 0 Reading Barry Robson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Reading.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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Npower Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 QPR 7 17 19
2 Ipswich 7 4 14
3 Cardiff 7 6 13
4 Norwich 7 2 13
5 Watford 7 7 12
6 Swansea 7 3 12
7 Doncaster 7 2 12
8 Burnley 7 3 11
9 Millwall 7 2 11
10 Barnsley 7 1 11
11 Coventry 7 1 11
12 Leeds 7 0 11
13 Middlesbrough 7 -3 10
14 Sheff Utd 7 -5 10
15 Scunthorpe 7 1 9
16 Reading 7 1 9
17 Nott'm Forest 7 0 8
18 Hull 7 -4 8
19 Crystal Palace 7 -4 7
20 Derby 7 -4 5
21 Bristol City 7 -6 5
22 Leicester 7 -6 5
23 Preston 7 -9 3
24 Portsmouth 7 -9 2