Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beckford Hits Equaliser to Frustrate Boro; Middlesbrough Move on Up despite Letting Lead Slip

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Beckford Hits Equaliser to Frustrate Boro; Middlesbrough Move on Up despite Letting Lead Slip

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Leicester City 2 Middlesbrough 2 JERMAINE Beckford continued his rich vein of scoring form to frustrate Middlesbrough and earn Leicester a deserved point with a late equaliser last night.

Beckford had done everything but score before popping up with his sixth goal in his last four matches with four minutes remaining to break Boro hearts.

It had looked like a rare Tom McMahon goal would give the visitors victory when he struck in the 79th minute.

Scott McDonald had earlier cancelled out David Nugent's opener for Leicester to send the teams into half-time level.

However, rhe draw still saw Boro climb back into the npower Championship play-off places.

In-form striker Beckford recovered from a tight hamstring to enable Leicester manager Nigel Pearson to name an unchanged starting line-up.

New signing Wes Morgan was on the bench following his arrival from east midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

Boro were forced into one change to their starting line-up, with Jason Steele replacing the injured Danny Coyne in goal.

The visitors were the first to threaten after five minutes with Barry Robson sending a shot narrowly wide from just outside the area.

Two minutes later, Leicester took the lead. The ball was hooked into the box from the right and Nugent headed home past Steele at the far post from three yards out.

Boro were almost level in the 14th minute when Foxes captain Matt Mills sliced a clearance that had Kasper Schmeichel scrambling right across his goal.

Fortunately for the hosts the ball bounced wide.

Soon afterwards Marvin Emnes hit a half-volley from the edge of the area that had to be pushed away by the Leicester goalkeeper diving to his right.

Boro, though, did find the equaliser after 16 minutes. McMahon's corner was flicked on at the front post by Seb Hines and Australian striker McDonald applied the finish from a yard out.

Leicester produced the move of the match just before half-time.

Beckford collected the ball out on the right and cut inside before playing it into Nugent on the edge of the box and continuing his run.

Nugent laid a first-time pass off to Lloyd Dyer, who dinked the ball over the top for Beckford - but his shot just cleared the crossbar and the scores remained level. …

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