Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Few Happy Memories amid the Pain

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Few Happy Memories amid the Pain

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS anthony.vickers@trinitymirror.com @untypicalboro

OLD rivals Chelsea are in town this weekend with Boro looking for their first win over the Blues in a decade.

So here's a quick flick through the archives to refresh memories of that last win, the last game, the biggest bruising and the greatest triumph and a cult classic.

LAST MATCH: Mogga's men were easily beaten 2-0 in a much-delayed FA Cup fifth round clash in February 2013. A Ramires shot hit Fernando Torres on its way in then Hazard and Oscar set up Victor Moses for a simple second late on.

But the headlines the next day were all about under-fire interim boss Rafa's Benitez. The manager, being denounced as a "fat Spanish waiter" by his own fans for crimes committed as Liverpool boss, was said to have "lashed out in an unhinged post-match rant at supporters." He didn't. It was hard-hitting but measured. And correct. Team: Steele, Bikey (Hines, 35 ), Williams, McManus, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, Haroun, Carayol (Zemmama, 74), Main (Miller, 62), McDonald.

Subs: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Emnes, Ledesma. LAST WIN: It is over a decade since Boro last beat Chelsea. It was August 23, 2006, and the first home game for new boss Gareth Southgate. Boro trailed to an early Andriy Shevchenko goal - his first for the Blues - and the game looked gone until Emmanuel Pogatetz headed home an equaliser.

Then in stoppage time Boro snatched it as Yakubu teed up Mark Viduka to swivel in the six yard box and rifle home. That was Boro's last goal against Chelsea. Team: Schwarzer, Davies (Cattermole 61), Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Parnaby, Mendieta (Viduka 72), Boateng, Rochemback, Downing, Yakubu.

Subs: Turnbull, Morrison, McMahon.

BIGGEST BATTERING: Wembley aside - which we don't talk about - the most painful black and Blues bruising came when Big Phil Scolari's table-toppers thumped wobbling Boro 5-0 in October 2008. …

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