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Riverside Stadium (ATT 25,164) 1st November 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

M'boro Middlesbrough vs West Ham United West Ham

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Boro battle back for draw

Mido free-kick cancels out Mullins opener

Last Updated: 02/11/08 3:08pm

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Mido: Late leveller

Mido: Late leveller

Mido emerged off the bench for Middlesbrough to rescue a 1-1 draw against West Ham at The Riverside.

Man of the match: Mido. The Egyptian is barely match fit, but emerged off the bench to rescue a point for the home side and nearly secured a late win. Moment of the match: The introduction of Mido off the bench swung the game in Boro's favour. It just was not Alves' day, but Mido was too hot to handle. Save of the match: Ross Turnbull pulled off a superb double save in the dying embers to deny firstly Lee Bowyer and then Jack Collison. Talking point: Boro felt they might have equalised earlier in the contest through Justin Hoyte's header. On another day the ex-Arsenal man's effort could have stood. Goal of the game: While both goals were of a high calibre I'm going to go say Mullins' was better. Despite his air shot to begin the effort, his second attempt was sweetly-struck.

The Hammers controlled the first half and deservedly led at half-time through Hayden Mullins' thunderbolt.

However, Gareth Southgate rung the changes after the interval and his substitutes swung the match in their favour.

After a period of pressure they levelled matters when Mido's drilled free-kick sliced open West Ham's wall leaving Rob Green with no chance of a save

West Ham nearly claimed the all three points late on, but Ross Turnbull pulled off a fine double save to deny Lee Bowyer and Jack Collison at the death.

The home side started positively and Stewart Downing delivered a high ball into the area in the fifth minute but Lucas Neill was able to clear the danger.

The lively Fred Sears robbed Boro defender Andrew Taylor of possession in the ninth minute and ran towards goal, but he could only screw his shot wide from a good position.

Gianfranco Zola's side looked dangerous on the counter-attack and two minutes later Julien Faubert broke down the right flank and slid a low ball into the box, but Chris Riggott read the situation and intercepted before Sears could get a touch.

Warranted lead

West Ham took a warranted lead in the 21st minute after Luis Boa Morte broke down the left and fed the ball to Mullins who mis-hit his first attempt at goal.

But the ball sat up and he made no mistake with his second effort to smash a volley past Boro goalkeeper Ross Turnbull and into the top-right corner of the net from 10 yards out.

Riggott was booked for a handball in the 33rd minute and Craig Bellamy whipped the ball into the penalty area from the resulting free-kick but Wheater was able to head the ball clear.

Mullins almost added a second in the 40th minute when he lashed a long-range shot at goal which Turnbull watched fly just over the bar.

West Ham goalkeeper Green was forced to make his first real save moments before the interval when he tipped over a cross-shot from Downing.

Southgate replaced Wheater with Justin Hoyte after the half-time break to try to deal with the pace of the impressive Boa Morte.

A tremendous piece of play in the 52nd minute almost saw Zola's side double their advantage.

After neat build-up play, Bellamy was picked out by a deep cross to the right edge of the penalty area and his cushioned header dropped into the path of Collison. The 20-year-old midfielder drove into the box but could only strike his shot from near the penalty spot at Turnbull who had rushed off his line.

Good chance

Downing had been the home side's most effective player and his run in the 63rd minute culminated in a superb cross-field pass with the outside of his boot to set up a good chance for Gary O'Neil.

Green, though, was equal to O'Neil's shot and parried the ball to safety before Southgate made his third change of the afternoon when he brought on Mido for Alves.

A sluggish Boro finally came to life with 20 minutes left and had the ball in the net in the 79th minute through Hoyte.

Taylor delivered the ball into the penalty area and Hoyte sprinted into the six-yard box to head the ball past Green but the assistant referee raised his flag to rule it out for offside.

Boro equalised in the 83rd minute when James Collins tugged Mido on the edge of the penalty area as he attempted to win a header. The Egyptian took the resulting free-kick and drilled a low shot past the wall and into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Mido then broke down the left edge of the box three minutes later and forced Green to make a smart save with a snap shot.

Turnbull made a superb, close-range double save in injury-time from Collison and Bowyer.

MiddlesbroughTeam StatisticsWest Ham United
1Goals1
01st Half Goals1
5Shots on Target5
4Shots off Target6
5Blocked Shots3
5Corners4
11Fouls17
5Offsides3
3Yellow Cards4
0Red Cards0
77.5Passing Success73.4
16Tackles18
81.2Tackles Success77.8
48.9Possession51.1
55.7Territorial Advantage44.3

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