Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Macca Stakes Claim to Face Reds

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Macca Stakes Claim to Face Reds

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Byline: Eric Paylor

Massimo Maccarone staked his claim for a return against Liverpool with a 60-minute run-out last night.

The Italian striker played his part in Boro reserves' 2-2 draw against Newcastle United at Kingston Park.

Maccarone had his moments, though did not find it too easy against the Magpies' Middlesbrough-born centre-back Jon Woodgate, who impressed on his return from a hernia operation.

Woodgate denied Maccarone an early goal when blocking his shot after Massimo had taken the ball past goalkeeper Adam Bartlett.

Newcastle then began to force the pace and forged a two-goal lead early in the second half.

They went ahead when Woodgate's downward header from a Martin Brittain corner in 34 minutes was turned in by Lewis Guy.

Guy scored again shortly after the restart with a volley from 20 yards.

Boro reduced the arrears in 70 minutes when Jon Greening scored from the spot after Andrew Taylor was brought down by Kris Gate. …

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