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Middlesbrough 2-1 Town - Half-Time
Saturday, 14th Mar 2015 13:27

Daryl Murphy scored his 23rd goal of the season but Town find themselves 2-1 behind to Middlesbrough at the Riverside at the break. The home side went in front through Daniel Ayala in the fourth minute in an incident which saw Blues keeper Dean Gerken stretchered off having undergone lengthy treatment, Murphy equalised on 11, then Albert Adomah restored the Teessiders’ lead on the half hour.

Teddy Bishop replaced Richard Chaplow in an otherwise unchanged Town side with the on-loan Millwall man dropping to the bench.

Bishop started in the centre of midfield with Jay Tabb moving to the left and Jonny Parr to the right.

Gerken, whose wife gave birth yesterday, continued in goal with Bartosz Bialkowski on the bench with Paddy Kenny also having made the trip.

Kevin Bru was back on amongst the subs after his knee injury, while Stephen Hunt travelled having recovered from his hamstring problem but was not in the 18. David McGoldrick remained in Suffolk but is likely to be in the squad for the home game against Bolton on Tuesday.

Boro were the first to threaten in the third minute when Adam Clayton chipped a quick freekick behind the Blues’ backline to Adam Reach, but skipper Luke Chambers did superbly to get back to stab the ball away from the midfielder. Referee Mike Jones waved away Boro claims for a penalty.

But from the resultant corner on the left, the home side went in front. The flag-kick was played short to Clayton, who sent the ball over and, as Gerken and Christophe Berra collided with one another, former Norwich man Daniel Ayala headed home in front of team-mate George Friend.

Following the goal, Gerken required seven minutes of treatment on the pitch and was eventually carried off on a stretcher with his neck in his brace while being administered oxygen. Bartosz Bialkowski took over in goal.

Before Gerken had made it to the tunnel, the Blues were on terms. Berra’s header found Parr midway inside the Boro half and the Norwegian turned and brought the ball forward before hitting a powerful shot to Dimi Konstantopoulos’s left.

The keeper got across to save but parried the ball back towards the centre of his goal, from where Murphy stabbed his 23rd goal of the season into the roof of the net.

It had been a remarkable start to the game with Town’s goal having come only 26 seconds of actual playing time after Boro’s.

The Blues were a whisker from going in front in the 21st minute when Tabb cut the ball back from the left and it fell to Murphy, who hit a powerful strike on the turn which struck a defender, then Freddie Sears before trickling onto the post and into Konstantopoulos’s arms.

After Jonathan Woodgate had replaced goalscorer Ayala - who had been a pre-match doubt with a thigh injury - Cole Skuse smashed a low shot which was deflected wide. From Tabb’s left-sided corner, Murphy headed over.

Tommy Smith picked up the game’s first booking for a foul on Tomas Kalas in the 28th minute, Chambers heading clear former Blues skipper Grant Leadbitter’s lofted freekick.

But two minutes later the home side were back in front. After a well-worked corner on the left, the ball eventually found Adomah on the edge of the box and, as Mings sought to close him down, the Ghanaian international hit a low strike which caught Berra on its way past Bialkowski and into the net.

Bishop’s 33rd minute strike was claimed comfortably by Konstantopoulos, then three minutes later Murphy headed another Tabb corner from the left over the bar.

Town threatened again on 39 from another Tabb left-sided flag-kick. After Mings had failed to get enough on his header, Berra returned the ball from the right and Sears’s hooked effort was blocked.

As the half moved into its final five minutes Adomah shot over from the Boro left, then Bishop screwed an effort wide from the edge of the area after another Blues corner, again on the left.

Town continued to look the more threatening side. With a minute of scheduled first-half time remaining Bishop skipped across the Boro area but saw his effort snuffed out, then Sears following up had his strike blocked.

As the half moved into eight minutes of injury time Bishop was shown his first senior yellow card for catching Friend as they challenged for an aerial ball.

The second of two Bishop corners from the right culminated in Berra’s over-head kick running through to Konstantopoulos, then Patrick Bamford claimed a penalty when challenged by Berra but referee Jones waved away his lengthy protests. Replays suggested the on-loan Chelsea man had a good case.

Just before the whistle finally came, Adomah hit a shot on the turn which was blocked by Mings.

On the balance of the half Town shouldn’t have been behind having been on top for the most part. However, after failing to defend Boro’s only two corners, they could hardly complain about the scoreline.

Having gone behind to Ayala’s goal and lost Gerken to his injury, the Blues reacted well, although Konstantopoulos will feel he ought to have done better with Parr’s shot which led to Murphy’s goal.

After conceding the second goal, the Blues had looked the more likely scorers, although without creating any clear-cut opportunities.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Kalas, Ayala (Woodgate 24), Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter, Clayton, Adomah, Reach, Bamford, Vossen. Subs: Ripley, Forshaw, Nsue, Whitehead, Tomlin, Kike.

Town: Gerken (Bialkowski 10), Chambers (c), Mings, Smith, Berra, Skuse, Bishop, Parr, Tabb, Murphy, Sears. Subs: Clarke, Anderson, Chaplow, Bru, Varney, Wood. Referee: Mike Jones (Chester).

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cartman1972 added 13:45 - Mar 14
Bloody woeful again.....
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truckerblue added 13:51 - Mar 14
Away from home and he's gone for attack. Had he done it a bit more often then we'd still be in the top two!
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Bob7881 added 13:51 - Mar 14
Sorry to say it we are in one hell of a slump unless all results go our way season over.
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ip5w1ch added 13:59 - Mar 14
Not woeful or the end of our season. Two pieces of very poor defending but a good performance against a team who have only lost one at home. Wish he'd changed to 3-5-2 instead of bringing wood on.
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truckerblue added 14:00 - Mar 14
Tommy we all love you but you need dropping. Chambers back in the middle and parr @ right back.
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cartman1972 added 14:01 - Mar 14
Good performance????? Absolutely crap smith at fault again for 2 goals...mings rubbish again... I'm afraid playoffs are going as well.
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Satt_Man added 14:03 - Mar 14
This is ridiculous. McCarthy hs no tactical awareness what so ever. He cant read danger and is too narrow minded to be a good manager. Hes a motivator when needed but cannot cut it at the top where he is tactically inept. 9 games left a chunk down on our GD, i think another season of chamionship football and alot of players will do one now.
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paulm3paw added 14:04 - Mar 14
Lost for words
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brittaniaman added 14:05 - Mar 14
And we thought we were going for the DRAW ??? WOW !! 4-1 IS A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW !!! Damn TV.
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Bob7881 added 14:05 - Mar 14
All over thanks MM for a wasted season how on earth did get into such a strong position
only to throw it all away in 2015. Enlighten me someone whos come up short the Manager or the players?
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Surco72 added 14:06 - Mar 14
Bishop off for Varney basically sums up MM ,Smith should have been dropped in January defence conceding for fun . Cue the usual excuses
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truckerblue added 14:10 - Mar 14
Apart from Berra and he's been lucky the whole defence has been a shambles today.
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Simonds92 added 14:12 - Mar 14
Thoroughly embarrassing. Bet Roys enjoyed himself!
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roytheboy added 14:18 - Mar 14
Where is our quality ?
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bellazzurri79 added 14:18 - Mar 14
Thank you Daryl Murphy for your goals this season ... Without them we would be a relegation side I'm afraid.

Bamford has ripped the pi** out of us today especially Tommy Smith

We are not going to make the play offs as the other top 8 are too strong for us.

I'm not sure he is to blame... Mm, Marcus Evans or whatever has happened behind the scenes since the southampton away game ghat we don't know about (Didzy etc)

Middlesbro were not that good today but finished immaculately ...
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Kieron_FJ added 14:20 - Mar 14
Goodbye Top Two!
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wilnis_barmy_army added 14:21 - Mar 14
Still not sure how a team lines up 4-4-2 without any wingers and 3 centre backs!! Unfortunately Parr is turning into our best wide midfielder so zero chance of him playing in his proper full back position!
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guentchev added 14:22 - Mar 14
Lost for words.

Norwich must be rolling around with laughter. defence was a complete shambles.
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truckerblue added 14:22 - Mar 14
Middlesbrough who aint all that have just put 4 past us. Can anyone imagine what the likes of Chelsea and Man City would do? Nowhere near good enough to go up. Need a LOT of rebuilding. Can't fault the effort most of them put in but sorry to say it they're coming up short.
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roytheboy added 14:22 - Mar 14
Embarrassing to say the least
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cartman1972 added 14:24 - Mar 14
I'm so so pi@@ed off at the moment. even my 5 year old said daddy ipswich are rubbish, sums it up. Inept tactics, awful defence, no midfield penetration.... How can we have so many shots and hardly trouble the opposition goalie...I'm afraid terry Connor needs to take some blame on the shooting....Unless we win against Bolton this season is over.
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bellazzurri79 added 14:24 - Mar 14
Mings looked utter dogs***
Tabb was awful
Smith was same old sh**
Sears looked half asleep
Chambers couldn't keep up
Even berra looked dodgy and that's saying something

I'm sure everyone will say 'we would have taken this position at the start of the season!'

Well I wouldn't have taken 8th at all.
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brittaniaman added 14:24 - Mar 14
Boro certainly got there revenge on us today !! Knocked our goal difference as well !!!
Just hope that Brentford does not open the gap up later on, because it seems they are our rivals at the moment ???? although two teams behind us could gain ground as well !!
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kevtblue added 14:26 - Mar 14
Can't believe that mm has not changed this defence we have been saying for weeks it's just not working and he does nothing. Teddy and Murphy were the only good things about our side today so much of the game and so defensively poor. 22 attempts on goal only four on target so many corners. Mm sort that defence out or we won't make the play offs. CYOB
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cromwellblue added 14:27 - Mar 14
While the over reaction goes on I remind everyone "Form is temporary, class is permanent"

We were in excellent form for the first half of the season, but when it come to it we lack a bit of class. This should not really be a surprise to anyone.

First half today was a solid performance. Let down by sloppy defending at the corners. But credit to Boro for having the intelligence to not throw balls in to the area where we had the advantage.

2nd half we faded and were beaten by the better quality.

It's all now about the play off's but be honest at the start of the season this was your expectation anyway.
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