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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 January 2006, 21:50 GMT
Middlesbrough 5-2 Nuneaton
Dejection for non-league Nuneaton as they crash out of the FA Cup
Dejection for non-league Nuneaton as they crash out
Middlesbrough eased the pain of their seven-goal thrashing at Arsenal by cruising past Nuneaton to earn an FA Cup fourth-round clash at Coventry.

Chris Riggott's looping finish broke the deadlock after 34 minutes, and Yakubu doubled the lead from the spot.

Stuart Parnaby drove home a third after 49 minutes and Yakubu raced clear to score his second eight minutes later.

Mark Viduka swept home Boro's fifth, before Gez Murphy struck twice for Nuneaton with a header and a penalty.

Middlesbrough kept faith with their youngsters after the Highbury humiliation - but nearly suffered even further embarrassment when Nuneaton almost went ahead after five minutes.

Murphy, the man whose last-minute penalty earned Nuneaton a replay, broke clear but was unable to beat Brad Jones as the Middlesbrough keeper raced out.

Nuneaton were holding their own, but Middlesbrough almost unlocked their defence with a moment of quality after 20 minutes.

Yakubu set up Viduka, but his shot on the turn was well saved by Darren Acton.

Boro's nerves were finally eased after 34 minutes when Riggott put them ahead, sending a looping finish over Acton from 20 yards after Nuneaton failed to clear.

And they doubled their lead seven minutes later when Stuart Whittaker's needless foul on Gaizka Mendieta gave Yakubu the chance to stroke home a penalty.

Mendieta almost added a third two minutes after the break when he shot into the side-netting - but they did not have to wait long to extend their advantage.

Nuneaton again failed to a Middlesbrough attack, and the ball fell to Parnaby, who struck a low, angled drive past Acton from 20 yards.

All Nuneaton's good work was threatening to fall apart as Yakubu ran through after 58 minutes to score Boro's fourth, beating Acton with a miscued shot.

Boro added a fifth five minutes later, when Viduka struck home a right-foot finish from 12 yards.

Nuneaton refused to go down without a fight, and there was real elation for Murphy when he pulled a goal back with a header after Jones misjudged a long ball in the 71st minute.

And he added a second with five minutes left, scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Ray Parlour.


Middlesbrough: Jones, Bates, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Parnaby (Parlour 63), Mendieta, Cattermole, Johnson, Yakubu, Viduka (Maccarone 64).
Subs Not Used: Schwarzer, Rochemback, Wheater.

Booked: Parnaby.

Goals: Riggott 34, Yakubu 42 pen, Parnaby 50, Yakubu 58, Viduka 63.

Nuneaton: Acton, Oddy, Moore, Angus, Love, Collins (Reeves 81), Noon, Fitzpatrick, Whittaker (Wilkin 77), Quailey (Frew 59), Murphy.
Subs Not Used: Poole, Rea.

Booked: Love.

Goals: Murphy 71, 86 pen.

Att: 26,255

Ref: M Riley (W Yorkshire).


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