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Riverside

Sat 22nd Mar 3.00pm

Attendance: 15,075

Referee:

Middlesbrough conceded twice in injury-time as Queens Park Rangers fought back for a 3-1 victory at the Riverside.

Earlier George Friend had given the home side the lead but Yossi Benayoun equalised on the stroke of half-time.

And when home goalkeeper Dimi Konstantopoulos missed a back-pass four minutes into added time, Rangers substitute Bobby Zamora took full advantage before Ravel Morrison immediately added a third.

The visitors should have been ahead early doors when Konstantopoulos parried Joey Barton's 20-yard drive and Tom Carroll put the rebound against the keeper's legs.

Jacob Butterfield lifted over in reply before then forcing Rob Green into action from outside the area. But it was Friend cutting into the box and making the most of a ricochet to open the scoring on eighteen minutes.

Goalscorer Friend then tested Green from 25-yards while opposite number Konstantopoulos turned over from Carroll before Niko Kranjcar's shot fell for Benayoun to equalise in first-half added time.

Boosted by that Rangers continued to look dangerous following the interval, although the play was often disjointed and featured too many misdirected passes.

Albert Adomah's low strike from the edge of the box did require a reaction from ex-England keeper Green while Friend drove inches wide in added time.

But it was the visitors suddenly snatching victory when on loan Kenneth Omeruo's pass back missed Konstantopoulos and substitute Zamora tapped in.

And moments later Morrison fired a third across the Greek keeper after a ball forward had caught out the home defence.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Varga. Omeruo, Gibson, Friend, Chalobah, Whitehead, Butterfield (Tomlin 63), Adomah, Kamara (Ledesma 88), Graham

subs (unused): L. Williams, Main, Morris, Atkinson, Steele

Goals: Friend (18)

Queens Park Rangers: Green, Hughes, Yun, Barton, Onuoha, Hill, Benayoun (O'Neil 76), Carroll, Keane (Zamora 64), Morrison, Kranjcar (Hoilett 61)

subs (unused): Simpson, Murphy, Donaldson, Petrasso

Goals: Benayoun (45), Zamora (90), Morrison (90)

Ref: K. Hill

Att: 15,075

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Date:Sunday March 23 2014
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