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banner Tuesday, 11 September, 2001, 22:45 GMT 23:45 UK
Boro 3-1 Northampton
David Murphy scores on his debut for Middlesbrough
Murphy caps a memorable debut with a goal
Middlesbrough notched their first win this season as they defeated Third Division Northampton in the Worthington Cup.

David Murphy, 17, was handed his debut by Boro boss Steve McClaren and he duly responded by opening the scoring.

Murphy headed in Carlos Marinelli's cross before providing the cross from which fellow new boy Szilard Nemeth scored his first goal for the club.

Sam Parkin's 78th-minute strike gave the Cobblers hope.

But Mark Wilson, also starting his first game for the Teessiders, saw Town keeper Adam Sollitt let his shot slip through his legs within four minutes to restore the advantage.

Purpose

The victory was witnessed by a record low 3,918 spectators at a largely deserted Riverside Stadium.

Northampton initially showed few signs of being intimidated by a Boro and took the game to their opponents for long periods before the break.

Striker Jamie Forrester whistled a 25-yard free-kick inches over Mark Schwarzer's bar.

And the big Australian had to be at his best on 28 minutes to push away Parkin's close range effort.

But as Boro finally got to grips game and Windass forced a good save from Sollitt with a header and then should have done better when he put a shot wide.

Boro came out with a new purpose in the second-half and within nine minutes Marinelli crossed for Murphy to power a header past Sollitt.

Striker Nemeth then swivelled on Murphy's low cross and put his effort past Sollitt.

Boro were given a wake-up call on 78 minutes when Park deflected Forrester's cross past Schwarzer, although Sollitt's blunder dashed the hopes of the travelling fans.


Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Stockdale, Murphy, Ehiogu, Gavin, Johnston, Wilson, Mustoe, Marinelli, Nemeth, Windass. Subs: Greening, Job, Ricard, Crossley, Cooper.

Northampton: Sollitt, Evatt, Dempsey, Spedding, Hope, Hunt, Hunter, Hargreaves, Parkin, McGregor, Forrester. Subs: Gabbiadini, Wolleaston, Asamoah, Bunn, Thompson.

Referee: P Richards (Preston).

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