Friday, 7 August 2009

Friday, 7 August 2009

Middlesbrough 0 - 0 Sheff Utd.


38:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Treacy on Mark Yeates. Adam Johnson crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Mark Bunn.
36:01 Ryan France takes a shot. Robert Huth makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Andy Taylor, David Wheater makes a clearance. Chris Morgan takes a shot and cleared the goal.
35:07 Corner taken by Ryan France from the left by-line, clearance made by David Wheater.
34:49 Jeremie Aliadiere challenges Matthew Kilgallon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Morgan.
32:21 Stephen Quinn takes a shot from 18 yards. Danny Coyne makes a save.
28:25 Unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Stephen Quinn results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.
27:12 Didier Digard has a drilled shot. Chris Morgan gets a block in.
25:22 The ball is crossed by Mark Yeates, Chris Morgan makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan Grounds, Header from deep inside the area by David Wheater goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
24:45 Outswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kyle Walker.
24:33 David Wheater fouled by Ryan France, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Wheater.
22:26 Drilled right-footed shot by Mark Yeates. Mark Bunn makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Adam Johnson, Chris Morgan manages to make a clearance.
18:39 Corner taken right-footed by Ryan France from the left by-line, clearance by Didier Digard.
17:27 Foul by Darius Henderson on David Wheater, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
16:58 Foul by Tony McMahon on Keith Treacy, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
16:20 Keith Treacy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams. Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.
12:10 Stephen Quinn produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
11:35 Foul by David Wheater on Brian Howard, free kick awarded. Mark Bunn takes the direct free kick.
9:23 Nick Montgomery gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams. Danny Coyne takes the direct free kick.
8:33 Marvin Emnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
6:00 Darius Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wheater. Direct free kick taken by Danny Coyne.
5:43 Marvin Emnes produces a cross, save by Mark Bunn.
3:50 Short corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
1:38 Ryan France takes the inswinging corner, Chris Morgan takes a shot. Blocked by Jeremie Aliadiere.
1:14 Effort on goal by Keith Treacy from 12 yards. Save by Danny Coyne.
0:00 The referee starts the match.
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Coca Cola ChampionshipVenue: Riverside Stadium Date: Friday 7 August Kick-off: 2000 BSTCoverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio & highlights on The Football League Show
TEAM NEWS
Striker Tuncay misses out for Middlesbrough due to tonsillitis but Jeremie Aliadiere should be available after illness.
Gary O'Neill and Julio Arca are hoping to overcome groin problems, but goalkeeper Brad Jones is out.
New signing Glenn Little and on-loan Kyle Walker go straight into the Sheffield United squad.
Striker Ched Evans looks set to make his debut after being given the number nine shirt.
MATCH PREVIEW
The English season kicks-off at the Riverside on Friday, with Middlesbrough and Sheffield United probably both wishing they were somewhere else.
606: DEBATE
Have your say on Friday's match
Boro's 11-year stay in the Premier League came to an end on the final day of last season following a run of just two wins in their last 26 league outings.
Sheffield United's dreams of returning to the top flight were dashed by May's play-off final defeat to Burnley.
While the Blades are vying for another promotion push, the experts believe Middlesbrough are a better bet. All the leading bookmakers have Gareth Southgate's side among the three favourites to reach the Premier League.
MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head
• Middlesbrough and Sheffield United have met 92 times in league fixtures. The Blades have won 39 to Boro's 34.
Middlesbrough
• Middlesbrough kick off the season outside the Premier League for the first time in 12 years. Last time they were relegated, in 1997, their exile from the top-flight lasted just one season.
• This is the Teessiders' 100th season of league football.
Sheffield United
• The Blades lost just one of their last 14 league matches last season, winning six of the last nine.
• Matt Kilgallon could make his 100th start for Sheffield United.
MOST RECENT MEETING
FA Cup fifth round replay
Middlesbrough 1-0 Sheffield United (aet) 27 February 2008
Match report
Middlesbrough scorer: Paddy Kenny o.g. 114

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