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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 February 2007, 22:32 GMT
FA Cup clockwatch
Reading 2-3 Manchester United West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough (aet)
Boro win 5-4 on penalties


By Charlie Henderson

2228: Middlesbrough will meet Manchester United at the Riverside in the FA Cup quarter-finals and their players are delighted. They do a team dive in front of their travelling support. Before disappearing down the tunnel manager Gareth Southgate also shows his appreciation to the fans, punching the air twice with real venom.

West Bromwich Albion 4-5 Middlesbrough
That is a poor penalty from substitute Sherill MacDonald. The Dutchman looked tense and misses with a skied effort.

West Bromwich Albion 4-5 Middlesbrough
Sudden death now. After some kidology of sorts from Diomansy Kamara with a little word in his ear, George Boateng makes no mistake and scores.

West Bromwich Albion 4-4 Middlesbrough
Diomansy Kamara cannot afford to miss. No worries for the home fans. He scores.

West Bromwich Albion 3-4 Middlesbrough
Yakubu missed in the shoot-out against Bristol City. He scores this time.

West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Middlesbrough
Power is normally the order of the day for Paul Robinson, but he goes for placement and scores, just. He roars in delight at the home fans after beating his chest.

West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Middlesbrough
Julio Arca comes forward and scores with another good penalty.

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Middlesbrough
Darren Carter sends Brad Jones the wrong way and scores. A nice penalty.

West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Middlesbrough
Not the best penalty from James Morrison, but he scores.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
Neil Clement fails to put West Brom ahead and misses, blazing over.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
Lee Dong-Gook takes a long run up and misses. The South Korean is still yet to score in English football after hitting the post there.

West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
Next up is Jonathan Greening against his former club. He goes for power down the middle and scores.

West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Middlesbrough
Stewart Downing trots forward to take the first penalty and scores.

2220: Brad Jones gets a hug and a pat on the back from most of his Boro team-mates as the players mill around the centre circle before he and Dean Kiely take that long, lonely walk to the goal at the Birmingham Road End. It will be even longer and lonelier for each of the players set to take a spot-kick.

2218: Middlesbrough came through a shoot-out against Bristol City in the last round. The Baggies have won on each of the last five occasions they have gone to penalties.

2216: FULL-TIME West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
That is that then. These sides have played 210 minutes of football and after sharing a 2-2 draw and now a 1-1 draw it will be penalties.

2215: After 120 minutes, the fourth official's board shows there will be one more to play until penalties.

2114: It looks like the final few minutes will be played in the Baggies half. What do you know? No sooner said than not done. Emanuel Pgatetz fouls Curtis Davies which gives the home side the chance to pump the ball long and relieve the pressure.

2113: Patient, pressing football from Middlesbrough until James Morrison over-hits a cross.

2112: George Boateng's back in business.

2211: Another knock for Boro's George Boateng to cope with. If he does not come back from this one it will be 10 v 10 until the final whistle.

2210: Five more minutes until penalties.

2208: It is hard to tell West Brom are playing with a man less. Darren Carter looks to break but the ball bobbles away from him at the vital moment.

2203: West Brom boss Tony Mowbray is not the sort of bloke you want to get on the wrong side of. Paul McShane is looking to keep the ball from a throw in after Boro play it out so Diomansy Kamara could get treatment. Mowbray tells him in no uncertain terms to give it back to the visitors.

2201: Diomansy Kamara - who is known as Joey and is a reported Boro target - chances his arm from a tight angle on the left. Brad Jones saves.

2159: HALF-TIME EXTRA TIME West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
A quick turnaround with managers Tony Mowbray and Gareth Southgate coming on to give some advice to a few chosen players.

2159: FULL-TIME Reading 2-3 Manchester United
Well, after six minutes who would have thought it would be so close. Close but no cigar for Reading. Manchester United will be going to either West Bromwich Albion or Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals.

2158: Darren Carter goes down on the edge of the box as he looks to go past Julio Arca on the edge of the box. He is booked for diving.

2157: Brynjar Gunnarsson slams an effort on to the Manchester United crossbar from distance. Manchester United are hanging on.

2155: Three minutes of added time at the Madejski Stadium for Reading to find an equaliser.

2154: We are into the final minute of normal time at the Madejski, where Cristiano Ronaldo comes on for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

2152: John Oster twists Wes Brown into the ground like a corkscrew in the area going left, then right, then left, then right... you get the picture. He eventually works some space to line up a shot but what happens? Leroy Lita gets in the way.

2151: Referee Mike Riley was quick and right to get the red card out for Nathan Ellington but that should have been a yellow for Boro's James Morrison. A promising run ends with him sprawled in the box after diving. Riley waves play on.

2150: West Brom substitute Robert Koren looks a spit of Jonathan Greening with his long locks. Greening Mk II tests Brad Jones with an effort.

2149: GOAL Reading 2-3 Manchester United
There is life in this game yet. Leroy Lita heads in Ulises de la Cruz's cross with six minutes of normal time left on the clock.

2147: RED CARD West Brom
If the Baggies are going to win they will have to do it the hard way. Nathan Ellington lunges in late on Stuart Parnaby and it is a straight sending off as he catches the Boro man's ankle.

2146: As the game ticks into the final 10 minutes Manchester United suddenly look a bit more relaxed and are pinging the ball around with aplomb.

2143: The extra 30 minutes starts at The Hawthorns.

2142: Wes Brown gets in ahead of Leroy Lita to head clear. Lita's eyes would have been lighting up there in the six-yard box.

2141: Wayne Rooney comes on for Louis Saha for Manchester United.

2139: END OF NORMAL TIME West Brom 1-1 Middlesbrough
Extra-time it is. Never in doubt was it?

2137: Confusion reigns over that Andre Bikey double booking or not. The verdict now is that Bikey was not actually yellow carded for the first one but instead it was Ulises de le Cruz for unsporting behaviour.

2136: The yellow-booted Leroy Lita is on for Kevin Doyle with 20 minutes left on the clock at the Madejski Stadium.

2135: A fine save from Dean Kiely. The ball breaks for Lee Dong-Gook on the right of the area but it is a tame effort from the man known as the Lion King. Kiely gets enough on the ball to deflect it wide of his goal. That should have been his first strike in English football and Boro in the last eight of the FA Cup.

2134: Middlesbrough striker Yakubu cracks an effort wide. Moments later James Morrison attempts to slalom his way through the tightly-packed Albion defence but is eventually crowded out.

2133: Back down to three South Koreans. Seol Ki-Hyeon is replaced by Glenn Little for Reading.

2131: The last change for Middlesbrough. Goalscorer Mark Viduka makes way for Lee Dong-Gook, which means a third South Korean is in action tonight. Sherill MacDonald comes on for Zoltan Gera for West Brom.

2129: Louis Saha gets a shot in on goal but Adam Federici has his body fully behind that one. Shame he did not do that in the first few minutes.

2126: Andre Bikey is booked for chopping down Louis Saha. Is this a Graham Poll moment for Howard Webb? Bikey was booked in the first half. 2026 GMT. That is a let off. He should be on his bike.

2124: Now Darren Carter needs attention on his ankle. But it is not treatment from the physio this game needs, it's goals. It is 10 minutes until extra-time at The Hawthorns.

2123: George Boateng takes a knock to his ankle in midfield, but he's a real battler and it will take more than that to keep the Boro skipper out of the action.

2121: After a quiet spell West Brom look to have found their feet again. Paul Robinson shoots wide. Think he might be the bloke who wears lucky FA Cup pants.

2119: Nathan Ellington catches the ball brilliantly from outside the area and that must have been like catching a boomerong for Brad Jones after the way it moved in the air.

2118: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks in a spot of bother. The Manchester United striker is bent over with his hands on his thighs and is soon flexing his right leg.

2117: The ball drops for Steve Sidwell outside the Manchester United box but the much-wanted Reading midfielder cannot keep his volleyed effort down.

2115: Here comes that double change. Richard Chaplow and Jason Koumas are the men to make way for West Brom.

2112: The goal at The Hawthorns is the catalyst for a change in the home ranks. A double change. Diomansy Kamara and Robert Koren are set to come on.

2111: You don't see that in the goalkeeping manual in how to punch a cross clear. Edwin van der Sar makes a right old hash of it and manages to get right under the ball, but his defence help him out after the ball eventually drops.

2109: Sir Alex Ferguson puts in a fresh stick of chewing gum in a preparation for the second half, which Manchester United kick off.

2107: GOAL West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Middlesbrough
They had been coming back into it and now they are back in it. Mark Viduka chests down a cross from Stuart Parnaby in the box and his driven volley deflects off Curtis Davies and beyond Dean Kiely.

2105: A really nice move from Boro. They pick their way through the Baggies midfield and defence and it is only the finish that lets them down as Stewart Downing stretches for Yakubu's dinked lay-off and shoots over.

2101: Another change for Boro. Andrew Davies is replaced by Stuart Parnaby, who also played in that November 2002 match, along with his captain George Boateng and his manager Gareth Southgate.

2100: A right-footed free-kick from Jason Koumas in a central position curls wide of the Boro wall, and wide of the goal. Koumas played the last time the Baggies beat Boro at home in November 2002. He's the only survivor from that team.

2057: Good defending from Curtis Davies who flicks a cross away from Mark Viduka. Stewart Downing's delivery from the corner is sumptuous, but nobody can get on the end of it.

2055: Yakubu tees up Stewart Downing on the edge of the box, but his shot is rising all the way over the bar and into the stand. The Boro winger must be the man England coach Steve McClaren has come to keep tabs on tonight.

2054: HALF-TIME Reading 1-3 Manchester United
That start was up there with Scotland at home to Italy. Can Reading do what the Scots couldn't and find a way back?

2053: West Brom are still the dominant side against Boro. Darren Carter fires Zoltan Gera's knockdown over the bar. He was falling over as he struck it in his defence.

2051: Seol Ki-Hyeon's shot is deflected just wide for a corner, from which Andre Bikey fails to find the target.

2050: West Brom and Middlesbrough start again with the visitors showing one change, James Morrison on for Lee Cattermole.

2049: Edwin van der Sar tips away a John Oster cross from the right with a gaggle of players ready and waiting.

2047: Reading boss Steve Coppell has left his perch in the stands to get down to the touchline. He will have to hold his hands up if his side lose after starting with three at the back.

Player rater: Adam Federici and Andre Bikey are going backwards and are are down to 3.31 and 3.44 respectively. At the other end of the scale are Louis Saha and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on 8.04.

2043: Park Ji-Sung gives Ole Gunnar Solskjaer the thumbs up for a neat cross even though he could not get on the end of it before Adam Federici's smothering save.

2042: A chance for Reading. It's over the bar. And it was offside anyway.

2040: Reading are building up a head of steam. Andre Bikey shows some silky skills to step inside a challenge in midfield and finds Steve Sidwell, but the final pass goes astray.

2037: Kevin Doyle gets a header on target from a cross but it is a tame effort which loops to Edwin van der Sar.

2033: HALF-TIME West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Middlesbrough
A well-deserved lead for the Baggies. The watching Roy Keane will have been impressed. He is having a recce before bringing his Sunderland team down to the west midlands at the weekend for a crucial Championship match.

2032: Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is scribbling down some notes in preparation for his half-time team talk as the fourth official holds up the extras board. There will be one minute more.

2029: GOAL Reading 1-3 Manchester United
The comeback is on... maybe. Dave Kitson nods in from point-blank range after Ivar Ingimarsson flicks on John Oster's corner and the ginger genius is unmarked at the back post.

2026: Andre Bikey is booked after up-ending Louis Saha on the very edge of the box. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fires his free-kick over the bar.

2025: Reading have only ever beaten Manchester United once and the omens looked good. It was in an FA Cup replay in a year ending in seven. A repeat of that 1927 victory is a distant target now though. The focus must now be on avoiding a record loss, which is presently 4-1 in 1955 or 3-0 in 1912 and 1996.

2023: Paul Robinson feels aggrieved not to have won a penalty as Lee Cattermole blocks his efforts at getting the ball in the box. Much ado about nothing.

Player rater: Reading's Adam Federici has just four points and is level with Andre Bikey. Things can only get better for them, can't they?

2019: Four is coming, but not from Darren Fletcher. He should have got a shot away on the left of the box there but took his time and tried to pick out Louis Saha instead.

2017: Maybe that Steve Coppell phone call was to get his staff to get the message through to his players to revert from three at the back to their more usual four. All a bit late now mind.

2016: That was nearly four for Manchester United. Rio Ferdinand again picks out Louis Saha with a long ball and the Frenchman gets a shot away early on the right but his effort shaves the wrong side of the post.

2014: Reading boss Steve Coppell is on the phone high in the stands. Booking an early cab? Or maybe he is phoning a bookie. You can get 210-1 on the Royals to win.

2013: GOAL West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Middlesbrough
The Baggies have got the goal-scoring bug. Nathan Ellington slides a pass into the path of Darren Carter who side foots a delightful low effort beyond Brad Jones, who looked completely deceived by the shot.

2012: GOAL Reading 0-3 Manchester United
At this rate it could be 45-0 by the final whistle. Manchester United spring the offside trap and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an age to pick his spot after running on to Kieran Richardson's pass. A great finish off the outside of his boot curling beyond Adam Federici.

2010: GOAL Reading 0-2 Manchester United
Oh no. Player of the round Adam Federici is picking the ball out of his net again. Louis Saha chests down a long Rio Ferdinand pass on the left of the area and cracks in a shot across goal and in at the opposite post.

2008: GOAL Reading 0-1 Manchester United
A dream start for United - and a nightmare for Adam Federici. John O'Shea's pull back reaches Gabriel Heinze 25-yards from goal and the Argentine unleashes a ferocious, low drive which squirms through the grasp of Federici and over the line.

2006: Both matches are up and running now. Manchester United are being watched by a bench of players which features Messrs Scholes, Ronaldo, Rooney and Smith. Not bad people to call on after an hour or so.

2005: Kingsley the Lion has got himself in on the end of the pre-match photo at the Madejski. Don't doubt it, he would take Baggie Bird to the cleaners in a mascot arm wrestle.

2003: The teams are out at the Madejski Stadium, walking on to the pitch behind referee Howard Webb. The bald referee will be hoping for an easier time of it than he got at the end of the Carling Cup at the weekend.

2000: The suited Gareth Southgate is out of his seat and in the technical area. Get closer together seems to be the order for his midfield and defence.

1958: Middlesbrough keeper Brad Jones is the busiest man on the park at The Hawthorns. He blocks a fizzing Nathan Ellington effort and then almost concedes a free-kick with a handball outside the box from a sliding clearance.

1956: Brad Jones claws a Paul McShane header away from the top corner. The defender got on the end of a high, looping corner from Zoltan Gera.

1953: Now it is Nathan Ellington's turn to fire a shot in from the left having been played in by Jason Koumas. A good start from the Baggies, but it needed to be an absolute cracker to beat Brad Jones from there.

1951: A neat turn from Richard Chaplow in the box but his shot from an angle on the right is easily saved by Brad Jones low at his post.

1948: The first game of the evening is under way and there is a good old crowd in the Hawthorn house.

1946: Boro win the toss at The Hawthorns and referee Mike Riley gives it the old switcheroo signal as the teams swap ends.

1944: Here come the teams in the Black Country.

1943: Baggie Bird is trying to get the home crowd into a frenzy at The Hawthorns. Looks like a tough gig for the mascot who is clearly more knackered than Adam Federici after flapping his wings. By the way, that's the mascot's wings, not the Australian goalkeeper's.

1941: The players are warming up at the Madejski Stadium and with all the rolling around he's doing in the home goal Adam Federici is going to be knackered come match time.

1938: The music's ramping up at The Hawthorns again with U2's Vertigo now getting a spin on the decks.

1934: Hardly a level playing field if we're including a defeat for Middlesbrough and Reading and not the other two, so here goes with a re-jig. The Royals have lost just once in their last 10, Boro have that one in 12 record, for Manchester United it is one in 14 and for West Brom it is one in 18.

1931: All four teams in action tonight are in fine form. West Brom are unbeaten in 11, Middlesbrough have lost just once in their last 12, Manchester United are unbeaten in seven and Reading's defeat to Boro at the weekend saw their run of nine games unbeaten come to a halt.

1927: It is a clash of records at The Hawthorns - not that the respective squads are flinging LPs at each other. The Baggies have lost in the Championship just once all season, while Boro have won only once away from home in the Premiership this term.

1925: Fame for Dean Kiely. The goalkeeper's on the front of the Albion match-day programme.

1922: Over at the Madejski Stadium it is make-up time for the Match of the Day studio guests and next in line for a bit of slap is Ian Wright. Alan Hansen has his feet on the table and is looking even more relaxed than Gareth Southgate was.

1919: Gareth Southgate must be hard as nails. The Boro boss is overseeing the warm-up in a shirt and tie, while those in the crowd are wrapped up in scarves. He's looking relaxed as well, with hands in pockets.

1915: Galvanize by the Chemical Brothers is blaring out at The Hawthorns which has a rather echoey, damp feel to it. The players are warming up and the stands are every so slowly filling up.


Reading start with Dave Kitson and Kevin Doyle in attack. Manchester United pick Edwin van der Sar in goal, but there is no Wayne Rooney, Henrik Larsson, Gary Neville or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nathan Ellington leads the West Bromwich Albion line with Diomansy Kamara on the bench. The only change in the Middlesbrough starting XI is in goal where Brad Jones replaces Mark Schwarzer, who has a back complaint.

Tuesday's football photos
27 Feb 07 |  Football


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