Writer: Vital Boro
Date:Sunday February 13 2011
Sat 12th Feb 3pm
Middlesbrough allowed a 3-1 lead to slip as promotion-chasing Swansea City completed a rare league double at the Riverside. The hosts appeared set fair when Leroy Lita added to earlier efforts from Marvin Emnes and Jonathan Grounds. But their opponents fought back strongly and won it deep into injury-time through substitute Craig Beattie.
Boro couldn't really have asked for a better start as former Swansea loanee Emnes turned and drove past goalkeeper Dorus de Vries from Lita's assist on eight minutes. However, their visitors were back level within six minutes when Nathan Dyer sidefooted in from Luke Moore's pass after Seb Hines had lost possession.
Back came the home side with Lita forcing De Vries into action before Grounds reclaimed them the lead when heading his first goal for the club from Barry Robson's 34th minute free-kick. And it was extended eight minutes into the second period as weak defending witnessed Lita heading in from Robson's corner.
But Julio Arca's adjudged foul on Joe Allen on the hour allowed Scott Sinclair to send his penalty past Jason Steele, and the visitors were again level just eight minutes later as Ashley Williams converted a rebound after Angel Rangel's effort had been blocked.
Substitute Beattie then took centre-stage deep into added time when he struck a dramatic winner from 20-yards into the bottom corner to leave the hosts reflecting on more crucial points that had somehow slipped away.
Middlesbrough: Steele, McMahon, Grounds, Hines, Bennett, Bailey, Robson, Arca (Smallwood 85), McDonald (Zemmama 75), Lita (Franks 75), Emnes
subs (unused): Ripley, Haas, Halliday, Boyd
Goals: Emnes (8), Grounds (34), Lita (53)
Swansea City: De Vries, Williams, Tate, Rangel, Pratley (Dobbie 57), Dyer, Sinclair, Gower, Richards, Britton (Allen 57), Moore (Beattie 76)
subs (unused): Ma-Kalambay, Serran, Van der Gun, Agustien
Goals: Dyer (14), Sinclair (pen 60), Williams (68), Beattie (90)
Ref: R. Madley (West Yorkshire)
Date:Sunday February 13 2011
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