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Middlesbrough 2 - Manchester City 0

The Riverside

29/10/08 20:00

Attendance: 25,731

City No Match for Boro

Hughes made two changes to the side that eased past Stoke. Onouha came in for Garrido, as Richards went to left-back, and Nedum at Right-back. Upfront Sturridge replaced Evans who had to make do with a place on the bench.

The game started well for the hosts, and they had an early shout for a penalty. The ball seemed to have struck Richard`s hand at a free kick, but referee Mason was having none of it.

It took a mere 8 minutes before City had the first half chance. Ireland robbed Digard and set up Robinho, whose shot forced Turnball into a good save. Middlesbrough then had a very good chance. Downing paced down the left, before whipping in a cross that deflected off Onouha, straight to the head of Alves, who headed the chance straight at Hart.

Alves then tried to create his own chance. He managed to set himself before a superb tackle from Onouha denied any shot. City then broke down the other end. Shaun Wright-Phillips looked dangerous but his break came to nothing, but within second Richards cut in from the left flank, and fired a sizzling shot straight into the gloves of Turnball.

Richard Dunne then picked up an injury but was able to play on after treatment. Sanli T. then made Hart scramble but was unable to find the back of the net. Sturridge then was realised free on goal, but fired straight at Turnball, and City began to struggle. Middlesbrough took hold of the game and wound down the clock to halftime.

The Second half started with City on the front foot. Ben-Haim`s big hoof up the pitch fell to Stephen Ireland who had their best chance of the game so far. He stormed into the box before firing for the bottom corner, only for Turnball to deny him a great goal.

Contrervesary arrived again, on the 52nd minute. Sturridge and Wheater tangled on the edge of the box, and the ref pointed to the spot. Replays show the incident to have happened on the outside of the box, but eventually Afonso Alves steeped up to send Hart the wrong way.

The penalty woke both sides up, Ben-Haim had his shot saved by Turnball, and seconds later Sanli T, whipped a shot wide of the post.

City pressed for the equaliser and Danny spurned a great chance with 19 minutes left. Kompany`s long-range shot was saved, and the rebound was set for Sturridge but his shot flew out for a throw in?

The Game looked set to wind down to a conclusion as City could not break down a very good Boro defence. However it was Middlesbrough who managed to score again from a break. Gary O`Neil set up Sanli, whose stabbed shot rebounded off Hart and back to O`Neil, who slammed the ball high into the back of the net to finish city off.

Star Player

Ireland - Should have scored, but he was one of only a couple of players who left The Riverside on a postive note.

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Writer: amcollinz Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 29 2008

Time: 10:19PM

Your Comments

59% possession and countless chances. We should have tatered them.
Johnny Baguette
Shoulda woulda, coulda. the chances werent only one sided.
City need to get their act together!
its bad when you are playing 12 men the ref gave us nothing ,gave borring boro who defended with 11 men and got a penalty which was afree kick,when shaun wrightphillips was brought down (WHICH BY THE WAY LOOK MORE OF A PENALTY )we got nowt. then to top it off we have a free kick that hits a defender on the hand he falls over saying it hit his face and we have to return the ball to them ....... blue but not bitter, but hope hughes has a chat with th ref about alveses diving everytime a city player touched him he fell over . MICAH RICHARDS LEFT BACK JOKE!!!!!!!!
If it was a penalty why didn't Sturridge get at least a yellow card ???
Ha Ha all past Chelsea syndrome.Enjoy it The Richest Boys
Let's face it, Middlesbrough must have some sort of evil curse on us and it's almost halloween so that's that then. Probably.
Johnny Baguette
it all goes to show that we are still lacking that killer punch up front....
Seriously though Lincolnblue how long do you have to spend typing to actually get near 3000 points?
As a Boro season ticket holder i was at the Riverside last night and i have to say that apart from on the break you were surprisingly very poor. Micah Richards was torn apart all game by Aliadiere and Wright-Phillips and Robinho did not help your cause by not tracking back or closing down from the front. Good luck for the rest of the season anyways, aprt from the return fixture of course.
lincolnblue...You wouldn't expect an MH team to lack a killer punch, this is something that seriously worries me.
WTF happened to the citeh that stuffed us 6-0. Mind you an improvement on last season's result.
Off topic, storage, but seriously, what is happening at Pompey?Vultures said to be circling for the squqd. Is the financial situation that bad?
Johnny Baguette
JB some of their players are linked to us and spurs lol. probably just rumours though
I dunno. The Diarra link may have some weight behind it. We need a box to box midfielder. Johnson, an on form Johnson is sorely missed.
Johnny Baguette
Can't see the financial situation being that bad they just got 5 million for 'arry and are probably get another 3 or 4 million from us for Benjani.

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