August 31, 2013
Boro battle back
Middlesbrough came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday to leave them still waiting for their first win of the new Sky Bet Championship campaign at the Riverside.
Boro dominated for long spells but fell behind when Michail Antonio stabbed home from a corner.
The home side levelled quickly after the break through Mustapha Carayol but despite creating plenty of chances they could not force a winner.
Boro had the first real chance on eight minutes as midfielders Jozsef Varga and Albert Adomah got tangled but the loose ball rolled kindly for Lukas Jutkiewicz to crack in a low 20-yard drive that flew just wide.
Then George Friend played a neat one-two with Carayol to burst down the left then cut into the box to fire an angled 12-yard effort just over.
Middlesbrough's pressure continued as Grant Leadbitter had a low 20-yard effort scrambled behind the foot of the left-hand post then Adomah curled a free-kick wide of the right post.
Wednesday scored the opener on 34 minutes though when a corner was nodded down into a crowd for Antonio to hook home from six yards out.
Boro levelled quickly after the break. Jutkiewicz got into the box and squared through a static defence for Carayol to stab home from six yards on 49 minutes.
The hosts threatened again on 56 minutes as Adomah touched on a Varga ball for Friend to again go weaving into the box but his eight-yard angled shot under pressure screwed wide. Two minutes Boro went closer still as Jutkiewcz broke into the box onto a Leadbitter ball to hammer against the crossbar.
Eight minutes from time Adomah collected a Jutkiewicz header down and fired into the side netting and the hosts threatened again as a Leadbitter free-kick bounced through the box for Andrew Halliday, unmarked at the far post, but his downward header bounced up and over the crossbar.
|1 Jason Steele||1 Chris Kirkland|
|39 Jonathan Woodgate||4 Anthony Gardner|
|2 Justin Hoyte||5 Kamil Zayatte|
|3 George Friend||3 Reda Johnson|
|4 Rhys Williams||26 Jordan Spence|
|18 Dean Whitehead||12 David Prutton|
|7 Grant Leadbitter||11 Jermaine Johnson|
|8 Jozsef Varga||14 Giles Coke|
|19 Mustapha Carayol||22 Liam Palmer|
|27 Albert Adomah||17 Jeremy Helan|
|9 Lukas Jutkiewicz||7 Michail Antonio|
|32 Jayson Leutwiler||Adam Davies 13|
|22 Ben Gibson||Martin Taylor 15|
|33 Richard Smallwood||Jose Vitor Moreira Semedo 6|
|11 Emanuele Ledesema||Miguel Angel Llera 32|
|16 Andy Halliday||Jacques Maghoma 10|
|10 Marvin Emnes||Christopher Maguire 18|
|14 Luke Williams||Ardhe Nuhiu 34|
|Andy Halliday for Mustapha Carayol (72)||Miguel Angel Llera for Anthony Gardner (39)|
|Marvin Emnes for Jozsef Varga (72)||Jose Vitor Moreira Semedo for Jermaine Johnson (61)|
|Ardhe Nuhiu for Giles Coke (77)|
|David Prutton (84)|
|· Squads: Middlesbrough | Sheffield Wednesday|