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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
Middlesbrough 4-3 Bolton
Middlesbrough's Stuart Parnaby
Stuart Parnaby celebrates Middlesbrough's winner
Stuart Parnaby's late strike sealed the win for Middlesbrough after a rousing Bolton comeback at the Riverside.

Wanderers took the lead when Stelios Giannakopoulos powered home, but Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink levelled minutes later by squeezing in a penalty.

Mark Viduka finished off an incisive move before Hasselbaink claimed his second with a deft lob after the break.

Jay-Jay Okocha's penalty made it 3-2 and Radhi Jaidi's header looked to have secured a draw before Parnaby's goal.

With Boro keen to avoid a third straight Premiership defeat and Bolton eager to maintain their push for a Uefa Cup berth the match started brightly.

The tone of the game was set early on when Bolton caught the home defence sleeping on three minutes to take the lead.

A misguided Andrew Davies header let in Giannakopoulos who powered his way through two weak challenges by Franck Queudrue and Davies to force home the opener.

But just three minutes later, the home side were level as Joey O'Brien had a moment of madness when he handled.

Referee Howard Webb spotted the offence and Hasselbaink narrowly squeezed the penalty underneath Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Gary Speed's free-kick from distance forced Mark Schwarzer to make a save down low before Okocha fired in a volley that tested the Australian twice in as many minutes.

Viduka's strength and skill almost put Boro ahead on 22 minutes, but his close-range stab at goal after a neat turn was turned away by Jaaskelainen.

But the Australian was finally rewarded 10 minutes later when he finished off a Boro attack that carved through the Bolton back-line.

Hasselbaink unselfishly controlled for Viduka who strolled through the Bolton defence to slot home and put the home side ahead for the first time.

Viduka continued to cause Bolton's unorganised defenders problems and ably assisted by Hasselbaink, Boro looked good value for their lead at the break.

Bolton, fresh from an eight-day break looked anything but that as Middlesbrough began the second half with the same impetus shown in the first period.

Two minutes after the restart Hasselbaink latched onto a hopeful long pass and lobbed over the goalkeeper for his second and Boro's 500th Premier League goal.

Bolton pulled a goal back from the spot on 58 minutes after Ugo Ehiogu manhandled substitute Jared Borghetti in the box.

Okocha's first attempt was saved by Schwarzer, but the Nigerian reacted quickest and rifled his effort home at the second time of asking.

With 10 minutes remaining Jaidi met Ricardo Gardner's accurate cross to nod in from point-blank range but Parnaby was to have the last say when he popped up at the far post to force home Aiyegbeni Yakubu's left-wing cross.

  • Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren:
    "The players have shown great character and resolve to dig us out of a hole and get the win.

    "When Bolton got their equaliser we looked to be all out of energy, but the subs came on and made a big difference.

    "My players showed great character to come back from a goal down and in the end we had the spirit and the character to pull us through."

  • Bolton manager Sam Allardyce:
    "For the fans it was an absorbing match, but for me our defensive efforts were woeful.

    "We should have prevented three Middlesbrough goals and it is something that is really concerning me.

    "At the death we committed the ultimate sin by not defending properly and allowing Middlesbrough to score and our away form is causing me a worry now."

    Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Ehiogu, Davies, Pogatetz, Parnaby, Morrison (Cattermole 62), Boateng, Rochemback (Downing 83), Queudrue, Viduka, Hasselbaink (Yakubu 73).
    Subs Not Used: Jones, Mendieta.

    Booked: Hasselbaink, Pogatetz.

    Goals: Hasselbaink 8 pen, Viduka 30, Hasselbaink 47, Parnaby 90.

    Bolton: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Ben Haim, Jaidi, Gardner, Giannakopoulos, Speed (Faye 85), Okocha, Nolan (Nakata 72), Pedersen (Borgetti 53), Davies.
    Subs Not Used: Walker, Diouf.

    Booked: Giannakopoulos, Jaaskelainen.

    Goals: Giannakopoulos 3, Okocha 58, Jaidi 81.

    Att: 25,971

    Ref: H Webb (S Yorkshire).

    Interview: Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren

    Interview: Bolton boss Sam Allardyce

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