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Matchday 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.
FULL-TIME Boro 0 Rovers 0.
Two minutes of injury-time to go.
SUB for Boro. Curtis Main on, Danny Graham off. 82 mins. 0-0.
SUB for Rovers. Debutant Luke Varney on, Rudy Gestede off. 76 mins. 0-0.
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.
SUB for Boro. Kei Kamara on, Mustapha Carayol off. 75 mins. 0-0.
Paul Robinson to the rescue again, though a fairly comfortable saving, tipping over from Albert Adomah's 25-yard strike. 72 mins. 0-0.
BOOKED Mustapha Carayol for Boro.
SUB for Boro. Emmanuel Ledesma off, Albert Adomah on. 68 mins. 0-0.
BOOKED Nathaniel Chalobah for Boro.
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.
Attendance is 14,965 (691 away).
SUB for Rovers as Craig Conway replaces David Dunn. 56 mins. 0-0.
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.
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.
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.
Second half has kicked off.
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.
HALF-TIME Boro 0 Rovers 0.
One minute added time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fairly even at the moment but Rovers need to start keeping the ball better - especially in the Boro half. 18 mins. 0-0.
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.
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.
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.
We are under way.
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.
In place in the press box. Blustery and cold conditions await the players when they emerge shortly.
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.
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.
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.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Riverside. Recap of the team news coming up.