Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Key Moments from the Game

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Key Moments from the Game

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2 mins - CHANCE - Fast start by Boro as Adam Clayton attempts a cheeky dink which looks set to float over Tomasz Kuszczak into the corner - but the ex-Manchester United stopper scampered back to push it wide of the post.

4 mins - BOOKING - Neal Eardley is first in the book after a crunching tackle on George Friend.

7 mins - CHANCE - Another opening for the home side as Stewart Downing heads Albert Adomah's cross from the left just wide of the target from 12 yards.

8 mins - CHANCE - At the other end, Stephen Gleeson tries his luck from 25 yards but his shot skids wide of the target.

14 mins - CHANCE - Boro come within a lick of paint of the opener. Downing is challenged just outside the box but Grant Leadbitter nips in to retrieve possession, before hitting a deflected shot that comes off the inside of the post and out.

29 mins - BOOKING - Clayton is shown a yellow card after hauling down Demarai Gray.

33 mins - CHANCE - Another opportunity for Birmingham on the break as Jacques Maghoma's fizzing delivery from the right is just beyond the out-stretched James Vaughan at the back post.

40 mins - CHANCE - Decent opening for Boro as Adomah cuts in from the left and combines with Leadbitter inside the box, but Birmingham eventually hack it clear.

44 mins - CHANCE - Daniel Ayala risest highest at the back post to meet Leadbitter's cross, but it's safely gathered by Kuszczak.

Half time: Boro 0 Birmingham 0 48 mins - CHANCE - It almost opens up for Birmingham at the beginning of the second half as Gray flies through the middle past Ayala and into the box - but Ben Gibson stands firm to block his shot.

49 mins - CHANCE - Another great chance for the visitors as a free-kick on the right isn't dealt with, and Michael Morrison's goalbound effort deflected wide by Ayala.

57 mins - CHANCE - It's Boro's turn to counter attack with Stuani doing brilliantly to free Adomah, but his cross from the left was over-hit for Emilio Nsue at the back post. …

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