LiveMatchday live: Middlesbrough v Blackburn Rovers

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  • WELCOME to the Riverside for today's Championship encounter between play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers. You can follow all the action here our matchday live blog.

4:51pm

FULL-TIME Boro 0 Rovers 0.

4:49pm

Two minutes of injury-time to go.

4:39pm

SUB for Boro. Curtis Main on, Danny Graham off. 82 mins. 0-0.

4:33pm

SUB for Rovers. Debutant Luke Varney on, Rudy Gestede off. 76 mins. 0-0.

4:32pm

Jason Lowe - who scored a wonderful winner in the reverse meeting between the sides in November - not far away with an ambitious 30-yard effort. 76 mins. 0-0.

4:32pm

SUB for Boro. Kei Kamara on, Mustapha Carayol off. 75 mins. 0-0.

4:29pm

Paul Robinson to the rescue again, though a fairly comfortable saving, tipping over from Albert Adomah's 25-yard strike. 72 mins. 0-0.

4:25pm

BOOKED Mustapha Carayol for Boro.

4:25pm

SUB for Boro. Emmanuel Ledesma off, Albert Adomah on. 68 mins. 0-0.

4:21pm

BOOKED Nathaniel Chalobah for Boro.

4:15pm

Save at last by Boro keeper Shay Given to deny Tom Cairney after the midfielder shifted the ball on to his left foot and let fly from 20 yards. 59 mins. 0-0.

4:13pm

Attendance is 14,965 (691 away).

4:13pm

SUB for Rovers as Craig Conway replaces David Dunn. 56 mins. 0-0.

4:12pm

Another superb Paul Robinson stop after that man Mustapha Carayol chased down a long ball and brushed off the challenge of Adam Henley to go one-on-one with the former England keeper. 55 mins. 0-0.

4:09pm

George Friend swings over a cross and Grant Hanley's attempted clearance goes just past his own post. All Boro again. 52 mins. 0-0.

4:06pm

Boro go close as a Danny Graham header from an Emmanuel Ledesma corner hits a Rovers defender and goes wide for a corner. 49 mins. 0-0.

4:02pm

Second half has kicked off.

4:01pm

SUB There'll be a half-time change for Rovers, Adam Henley replacing Todd Kane, who had a lot of trouble dealing with Mustapha Carayol in the  first half.

3:46pm

HALF-TIME Boro 0 Rovers 0.

3:45pm

One minute added time.

3:32pm

Great play Rudy Gestede, using his strength to win the ball on the touchline before driving forward and playing in Jordan Rhodes, whose goalbound shot is blocked by Ben Gibson.

From the resulting Tom Cairney corner, Gestede peeled away from his marker and side-footed wide. Decent opportunity. 32 mins. 0-0.

3:30pm

Paul Robinson then just about gathers from a Grant Leadbitter cross - again down the Boro left. That is where all the danger is. 30 mins. 0-0.

3:29pm

That man Mustapha Carayol again. Runs at Todd Kane and Tom Cairney, cuts inside and with a well-struck 25-yard shot, forces Paul Robinson to save at his near post, pushing the ball out for a corner. 29 mins. 0-0.

3:27pm

Boro causing a lot of problems down the Rovers right where George Friend and the impressive Mustapha Carayol are double-teaming Todd Kane. Kane has just saw a cross punched out by Paul Robinson and then a shot deflected wide. 27 mins. 0-0.

3:24pm

Mustapha Carayol - Boro's most dangerous player so far - cuts inside and plays the ball to Grant Leadbitter, whose 25-yard shot takes a deflection and goes wide. However, goal kick was given. Not much to report. 23 mins. 0-0.

3:17pm

Fairly even at the moment but Rovers need to start keeping the ball better - especially in the Boro half. 18 mins. 0-0.

3:10pm

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer again choosing to watch from the stands - for the first half at least. He'll no doubt feel Boro have made the better start. 11 mins. 0-0.

3:05pm

Super save Paul Robinson after Mustapha Carayol burst into the box. From the following corner the former England number one makes another stop to keep out a Nathaniel Chalobah header. Double let-off for Rovers. 5 mins. 0-0.

3:02pm

Rovers left-back Tommy Spurr - after needing nine stitches to his head following a high challenge against Blackpool last weekend - wearing a rugby-style skull cap.

3:00pm

We are under way.

2:55pm

Leeds' victory at Yeovil earlier today means Rovers have slipped to ninth in the table.

Three points here would be the perfect kiss-off before the enforced two-week break.

But Boro's home record will make that difficult - they've only lost here twice this season and have not conceded a goal in front of their own fans for 364 minutes.

Equally Boro have not scored a goal - at home or away - in 344 minutes.

2:52pm

In place in the press box. Blustery and cold conditions await the players when they emerge shortly.

2:31pm

The teams in full are...

Middlesbrough: Given, Varga, Woodgate, Gibson, Friend, Leadbitter, Chalobah, Whitehead, Carayol, Ledesma, Graham. Subs: Konstantopoulos, Butterfield, Hines, Main, Omeruo, Adomah, Kamara.

Rovers: Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Lowe, Taylor, Cairney, Dunn, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, Henley, Williamson, Dabo, Evans, Conway, Varney.

2:31pm

Boro – who are four points and three places below Rovers in 12th – have made four changes to the side which started their 0-0 draw at Doncaster last Saturday.

Club captain Jonathan Woodgate returns to the team after overcoming a thigh injury while there is a full debut for Danny Graham following his loan switch from Sunderland.

Jozsef Varga and Dean Whitehead earn recalls.

2:30pm

Rovers have named an unchanged side – but there are places on the bench for new signing Luke Varney and the fit-again Corry Evans.

Striker Varney goes straight into the matchday squad after this morning completing his loan move from Leeds United until the end of the season.

Midfielder Evans, meanwhile, features for the first time since he sustained ankle-ligament damage while on international duty for Northern Ireland on October 15.

2:29pm

Good afternoon and welcome to the Riverside. Recap of the team news coming up.

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3:36pm Sat 8 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

ITS any ones game at the minute,,but fortune favours the brave,,COYB
ITS any ones game at the minute,,but fortune favours the brave,,COYB noddy57
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4:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Reads like hard work Noddy, perhaps Boro have had the wind behind them in the first half?
Reads like hard work Noddy, perhaps Boro have had the wind behind them in the first half? owd nick
  • Score: -2

4:07pm Sat 8 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.
Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley. owd nick
  • Score: -1

4:20pm Sat 8 Feb 14

dangerous dave says...

owd nick wrote:
Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.
sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far.
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.[/p][/quote]sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far. OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave
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4:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

owd nick says...

dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.
sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far.
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Glad you are there to give us first hand exactly how they are performing Dave.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.[/p][/quote]sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far. OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Glad you are there to give us first hand exactly how they are performing Dave. owd nick
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4:52pm Sat 8 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Good point, looks like Robbo was the hero today.
Good point, looks like Robbo was the hero today. owd nick
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

noddy57 says...

great point at a blustery venue,not much in the way of attack but never the less a good point away from home,,
great point at a blustery venue,not much in the way of attack but never the less a good point away from home,, noddy57
  • Score: -3

5:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

greenscreener says...

owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.
sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far.
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
Glad you are there to give us first hand exactly how they are performing Dave.
LOL
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Interesting change at half time Henley on for Kane, if Kane has been troubled by Carayol's pace how is Henley going to cope, I think Kane is faster than Henley.[/p][/quote]sorry Mr Nick I think you'll find Henley is faster - have it on good authority he's the fastest on the books - of course this has nothing to do with whether he is a good player or not - Rovers again only themselves to blame - poor performance so far. OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS[/p][/quote]Glad you are there to give us first hand exactly how they are performing Dave.[/p][/quote]LOL greenscreener
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