Vital Football

Latest Middlesbrough FC News

Boro's hopes continue to fade

Wolves
3 - 2
Middlesbrough

Molineux

Sat 30th Mar 3pm

Attendance: 21,277

Referee:

Middlesbrough's outside hopes of promotion suffered another serious knock following a 3-2 defeat against relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter twice equalised for the visitors to cancel out a Stephen McManus own-goal and another from Bjorn Sigurdarson, until Wolves' Irish striker Kevin Doyle headed a 70th minute winner.

Boro went desperately close early on with Justin Hoyte drilling against the crossbar but it was their opponents forging ahead when Stephen Hunt's seventeenth-minute cross was headed past his own goalkeeper by McManus.

But the visitors were back level just eight minutes later as Leadbitter followed up to crash in off the underside of the bar after Dutch keeper Dorus De Vries had parried from Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Adam Reach then dragged another opportunity wide for Boro and Mustapha Carayol had a deflected shot from the edge of the box turned onto the woodwork by DeVries.

Wolves midfielder Hunt next lacked composure when well-placed at the other end before Jutkiewicz forced a late save for the visitors ahead of the interval.

However, it was the hosts regaining their advantage shortly after the restart when Sigurdarson progressed inside the area and despatched a low finish beyond Jason Steele.

As earlier their opponents weren't behind for long with Leadbitter producing a superb low 30-yard drive into the corner to equalise just four minutes later.

Both Hunt and Jamie O'Hara threatened for the home side as first Steele and then George Friend remained firm, while Sigurdarson was also denied by the Boro keeper until Doyle glanced in a header with twenty minutes remaining.

This time there was to be no response from the visitors despite Jutkiewicz sending an effort narrowly wide just before the end.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: De Vries, Johnson, Robinson, Gorkss, Doherty, Hunt (Ward 86), O'Hara (Henry 76), Davis, Ebanks-Blake, Sigurdarson, Doyle (Batth 81)

subs (unused): McCarey, Hammill, Doumbia, Dicko

Goals: McManus OG (17), Sigurdarson (48), Doyle (70)

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Woodgate (Zemmama 74), McManus, Bikey, Friend, Reach (Dyer 62), Leadbitter, Carayol (Ameobi 62), Jutkiewicz, McDonald

subs (unused): Leutwiler, Hines, McEachran, Miller

Goals: Leadbitter (25, 52)

Ref: Bates

Att: 21,277

Join The Vital Debate


Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football

Writer:Vital Boro
Date:Saturday March 30 2013
Time: 10:24PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Maccarone
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Aitor Karanka is the right appointment?
Suggested By: Vital Boro
Yes79%
No21%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
C Burnley 46 26 15 5 93 37
P Middlesbrough 46 26 11 9 89 32
3 Brighton 46 24 17 5 89 30
4 Hull City 46 24 11 11 83 34
5 Derby County 46 21 15 10 78 23
6 Sheff Wed 46 19 17 10 74 21
7 Ipswich 46 18 15 13 69 2
8 Cardiff 46 17 17 12 68 5
9 Brentford 46 19 8 19 65 5
10 Birmingham 46 16 15 15 63 4
11 Preston 46 15 17 14 62 0
12 Q.P.R. 46 14 18 14 60 0
13 Leeds Utd 46 14 17 15 59 -8
14 Wolves 46 14 16 16 58 -5
15 Blackburn 46 13 16 17 55 0
16 Forest 46 13 16 17 55 -4
17 Reading 46 13 13 20 52 -7
18 Bristol City 46 13 13 20 52 -17
19 Huddersfield 46 13 12 21 51 -11
20 Fulham 46 12 15 19 51 -13
21 Rotherham 46 13 10 23 49 -18
R Charlton 46 9 13 24 40 -40
R MK Dons 46 9 12 25 39 -30
R Bolton 46 5 15 26 30 -40
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Middlesbrough  Results (view all)

Middlesbrough  Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.diggerman68