Miserable start for Mowbray
Middlesbrough 1 Bristol City 2
Sunday 31 October 2010
Fly Me To The Moon? Save us from League One, more like. At the moment, the subject of the Middlesbrough fanzine named in honour of Tony Mowbray looks rather more attainable than keeping them in the Championship.
You've got to hand it to those bookmakers. They had the Teesside club down as strong favourites to exit this division in May. They look increasingly like doing just that, although downwards rather than up aftertaking one point from the last 21.
Bristol City are heading in the opposite direction, leapfrogging their hosts thanks to a stunning 49th-minute winner from Marvin Elliot, the impressive midfielder pouncing on Barry Robson's clearance to beat Jason Steele with a 25-yard volley.
"He might not hit another one like that again in the rest of his career," Mowbray said. It was a goal worthy to settle any contest, and it leaves Middlesbrough joint-bottom with Crystal Palace, who visit the Riverside on Saturday. On his return after a 19-year hiatus, Middlesbrough's prodigal son added: "This wasn't the start we wanted, we know we need to get those points on the board to restore the confidence."
A wholly different scenario looked set to unfold as the visitors waited in vain for an offside flag as Kris Boyd volleyed in a Scott McDonald cross from close range in the 30th-minute.
Boyd and his forward partner Scott McDonald were guilty of spurning several chances to extend the lead. In addition, David James more than earned his money in the City goal, as a shot-count of 25 to four in favour of the hosts might suggest.
Albert Adomah levelled five minutes later when the midfielder's angled drive found the bottom corner thanks to a deflection off defender Matthew Bates. "We've showed plenty of resilience because after going a goal down I feared the worst," Keith Millen, the Bristol City manager, admitted after his side climbed to third from bottom.
The margin of victory might have been more had the unmarked Jon Stead not headed wide from five yards early on. Millen added: "We had to defend for our lives at times and it could have been a tough afternoon but equalising so quickly was a massive boost."
Latest in Sport
Sheffield United vs Tottenham match report: Christian Eriksen breaks hearts after Che Adams had brought Blades back from the brink
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Australian Open 2015: Serena Williams vs Madison Keys match preview
Tottenham player ratings: Christian Eriksen? Harry Kane? Who was the star man at Bramall Lane?
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
- 3 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Isis publicly behead man in Syrian town square for 'insulting Allah' as he screams for help
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures