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Matchday Live: Middlesbrough v Cherries
Updated 5:02pm Saturday 21st September 2013 in Sport
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- Live score: Middlesbrough 3 (Kamara, Carayol, Leadbitter) Cherries 3 (Pitman pen (2), Woodgate og).
- Cherries: (3-4-1-2) Allsop; Cook, Elphick, Ward; Francis, Hughes, O'Kane, Pugh; Pitman; Rantie, Grabban.
- Subs: Flahavan, Harte, MacDonald, Thomas, Fraser, McQuoid, Addison.
- Boro: (4-2-3-1) Steele; Richardson, Williams, Woodgate, Friend; Leadbitter, Whitehead; Adomah, Butterfield, Carayol; Kamara.
- Subs: Leutwiler, Hoyte, Varga, Jutiewicz, Halliday, Gibson, Smallwood.
Stay on the Echo site as we'll have a full match report from the Riverside up shortly plus video reaction from the Cherries camp.
That's it - eight minutes of stoppage time, but it finishes 3-3.
Grabban down injured now....
Cherries on the break but Richardson is on hand to steal possession.
Corner flashes across the face of goal. Surely that is it?!
Great save from Allsop! Tips Kamara's goal-bound header over the bar!
Boro still pushing for a winner....
Steve Cook and Kamara go into the notebook, too.
Ryan Allsop's time-wasting finally earns him a booking. Rightly so.
Five mins added time at the end of the second half.
Jutiewicz and Varga on for Adomah and Whitehead.
Brett Pitman's free kick flashes narrowly wide.
This game is truly astounding.... Free kick to Cherries now outside the box after Williams is dismissed for the foul on Thomas.
Rhys Williams is sent off for a foul on Wes Thomas, just outside the box
Fantastic work by Elliot Ward bursting into the six-yard box and his little cross is turned into his own net by Woodgate.
3-3 - Jonathan Woodgate own goal gets Cherries back level.
Corner to Cherries. A little bit of a better spell of possession.
Elphick heads over when well placed. Kind of sums up this second half for Cherries.
Still in it come on #afcb— @Whiteldm 21 September 2013
Can't be losing when you are 2:0 up #afcb— @RafiGalkoff 21 September 2013
#afcb come on you reds !!! Let's score another for a draw !!— @fitzpottle 21 September 2013
Rare second half attack from Cherries via Francis down the right, but it comes to nothing and Boro back in possession again.
Shaun MacDonald coming on for Richard Hughes.
Brett Pitman was robbed of possession midway inside the Cherries half by Butterfield, who played in Leadbitter down the left channel. Slotted under Allsop.
Leadbitter makes it 3-2 to Boro
The Cherries travelling support....
Tokelo Rantie in action this afternoon
Allsop beats away Butterfield's powerful shot. All Boro now.
Marc Pugh goes in the referee's notebook.
This is a struggle for Cherries at the moment. Can't keep the ball and inviting pressure from the home side.
Leadbitter's free kick headed into the path of Dean Whitehead who blasts over.
Free kick to Boro midway inside the Cherries half....
Last-ditch tackle from Rhys Williams denies Thomas a shooting opportunity.
Just to clarify, there was a very late change to the Cherries' subs bench: Donal McDermott replaced Ryan Fraser.
Wes Thomas on for Tokelo Rantie....
Bournemouth Lions beaten 38-18 at Exmouth this afternoon in National Two South.
Rhys Williams heads narrowly wide from Leadbitter's free kick.
Good cross from Francis, flicked on by Grabban but Pugh can't get on the end of it.
Come on Bournemouth! Come on Brett, it's hat-trick day today. You know you want it! #afcb #utciad— @smiley_jedi 21 September 2013
Flicked on header by Kamara is blazed over by Carayol. Good chance.
Cagey opening to the second half.... Nothing of note to report!
No changes for either side....
Teams back out for the second half.....
Bournemouth Lions 33-13 down at Exmouth in National Division Two South.
3:21pm Sat 21 Sep 13
go to bbc website for updates, echo doesnt seem to be working. 2-0 to the cherries to penalties by pitman, one was won by ranie - UTC
Working on my screen and everyone elses....
Today's attendance: 13,617 with 340 travelling #afcb supporters making the longest away trip of the season. Thank you for your support!— @afcbournemouth 21 September 2013
Brett Pitman wheels away after putting Cherries 1-0 up.
Three minutes of added time at the end of the first half.
Good work from Pugh. Cuts back on to his right foot and tees up Grabban, but Woodgate is on hand to block Grabban's shot.
Rantie's shot is deflected away for a corner by George Friend. Good chance, that.
More frantic defending from Cherries. Boro pushing hard for a third.
2-2 now.... Mustapha Carayol's shot deflects off Steve Cook and over the head of Allsop.
Leadbitter mis-hits when well placed inside the Cherries box.
Game has settled down a bit now after that frantic opening.
Kamara heads Leadbitter's free kick over the bar.
Looks like Pitman will be OK.... Coming back on.
Brett Pitman struggling with a wrist injury it seems.... Having some off-field treatment.
Good pressure from the hosts. Tommy Elphick forced to put ball out for a corner.
Brett Pitman blasts home from the spot to make it 1-0.
Steve Cook's tough challenge on Adomah sparked penalty appeals but then Kamara stabbed the ball home from inside the six-yard box.
Middlesbrough pull one back - Kei Kamara bundles it home after a bit of a scramble. Cherries failed to clear.
Mustapha Carayol blasts over at the other end.
Bournemouth Lions 23-10 down at half-time in the rugby at Exmouth.
Steve Cook's speculative effort from distance flies over.
Another corner to Cherries. Good work from Pugh
Chezzers in dream land after 15! #afcb— @thecherries 21 September 2013
Boro having a moan up about that one, but it was the clearest handball I have ever seen.... Good decision from the referee.
Pitman blasts home from the spot.... Amazing start!
Rantie's header from Pitman's cross is handled by Frazer Richardson.
A second penalty is awarded to Cherries!
More good pressure from Cherries. Steve Cook's ball to Rantie is laid out neatly to Marc Pugh who crosses and Boro are forced to put the ball behind for a corner.
The press box high up at the back of the main stand at the Riverside.
Jacob Butterfield's shot from distance is beaten away by Ryan Allsop.
Cherries fans at the Riverside this afternoon.
Rantie did brilliantly in the build-up to the penalty being awarded. Shook off his man in the final third to win the ball and then passed to Grabban, before Grabban repaid the favour. Rantie was then felled by Williams.
Brett Pitman scores from the spot - 1-0 to Cherries.
Penalty to Cherries.... Rantie felled by Rhys Williams.
Read our report from the England women's clash at Dean Court here: http://bit.ly/17Ryg4g
We're under way here....
Teams out here at the Riverside.... Almost ready for kick-off.
England's women have beaten Belarus 6-0 at Dean Court this afternoon.... Report on the Echo website shortly.
On this weekend five years ago, #afcb won 3-1 at Bradford in League Two, #boro lost 2-0 at Sunderland in Premier League.— @neilperrettecho 21 September 2013
Bournemouth 15-3 behind early on against Exmouth in the National Two South rugby......
Ex-#saintsfc star Neil Maddison also at Riverside. @neilmeldrumecho once got his autograph. Cherishes it. #afcb— @neilperrettecho 21 September 2013
Jeff Winter in the press room at the Riverside. #controversial #afcb— @neilperrettecho 21 September 2013
Brave move by Howe playing three strikers away at Middlesbrough. Either gonna go really well...or horribly wrong. Hope the latter. #AFCB— @theboylatch 21 September 2013
MANAGER’S THOUGHTS – TONY MOWBRAY
“Bournemouth have won four games out of seven so will come in a confident mood having won their last away game. I know they have got some good players and they play a good brand of football.
“Every game is tough but I would hope that we would ask lots of questions of them. It is a game we have got to target three points. I want us to go into this game in a positive frame of mind, take three points and move on.
“They have lost some games on the road heavily. They lost 6-1 to Watford and 5-1 against Huddersfield and yet have beaten Wigan, Doncaster, Barnsley and Charlton. So what do we expect?
“We expect our football team to be good on the day, to do what we do very well, let them worry about us while being mindful of their strengths because they do have some tidy footballers.”
The Middlesbrough players warm up ahead of this afternoon's clash
Marc Pugh spoke to the Echo following the midweek win over Barnsley... He starts at the Riverside this afternoon.
DANGER MAN – LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ
Southampton-born Pole Jutkiewicz, who is on the bench this afternoon, has notched two goals already this season having racked up 10 last season.
He signed for Boro from Coventry in a £1.3m move in January 2012 and is the younger brother of Poole-based Wessex Volleyball player Natalia Jutkiewicz.
Cherries will also need to guard against the threat of debutant Kei Kamara, as well as the wide threat of Albert Adomah, who joined Boro in a £1m move from Bristol City this summer.
Cherries assistant manager Jason Tindall gave our man Neil Perrett his thoughts on the season so far during a video interview earlier this week...
Cherries sit five points clear of Tony Mowbray’s side after a great start to life in the Championship.
Eddie Howe’s men have racked up 12 points from their opening seven games and are eighth in the standings.
Boro, meanwhile, are yet to register a win on home soil this term, with four draws, two defeats and a solitary victory at Charlton placing them 16th on seven points – their worst start for seven years.
Kei Kamara makes his Middlesbrough debut this afternoon, while former Bristol City man Albert Adomah starts. Notable names on the Boro bench include Justin Hoyte and Lukas Jutiewicz.
Former Real Madrid defender Jonathan Woodgate starts for Middlesbrough this afternoon.
HISTORY AND HEAD-TO-HEAD
Cherries and Boro have met eight times in league action, with the hosts racking up four wins, Cherries one and three draws.
Cherries have never won on Teesside, with their sole victory coming via a 3-1 triumph at Dean Court in Division Three in 1986-87.
The last time the two sides met in league action was 1989-90 in Division Two when Boro notched a 2-1 win at Ayresome Park. The return meeting at Dean Court finished 2-2.
Their last meeting was 1991-92 in the League Cup when, following a 1-1 draw at Ayresome Park, Boro won 2-1 at Dean Court.
The gates from the old Ayresome Park ground were moved to the Riverside when the ground opened in 1995.
Are we playing 3-5-2 today? I'm excited by the team #afcb— @FatBlerk 21 September 2013
Thought he might go 3-5-2 today. Unfortunately meaning Fraser misses out but big chance for Rantie! 3 strikers away from home? GO ON #afcb— @TomJordan21 21 September 2013
Pleased to see Rantie get a start but feel sorry for Fraser as the boy has done well so far this season #afcb— @Happymool 21 September 2013
In situ at the Riverside.... http://t.co/EGrkyo45pS— @neilmeldrumecho 21 September 2013
Good afternoon from the Riverside Stadium.... Eddie Howe has made three changes to the side that started against Barnsley on Tuesday.
Tommy Elphick, Tokelo Rantie and Richard Hughes come in for Charlie Daniels, Shaun MacDonald and Ryan Fraser.
Fraser and MacDonald drop to the bench, with Daniels missing out through injury.
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