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Ravanelli leads rout

Two of Bryan Robson's summer signings for Middlesbrough, Emerson and Fabrizio Ravanelli, scored in a thrilling 4-1 win over West Ham before a record 30,060 crowd at the Riverside Stadium.

Emerson gave Middlesbrough an early lead with a powerful 30-yard shot. Robbie Mustoe added a second from close range before half-time and then Ravanelli increased the advantage after the break following a neat Juninho pass.

West Ham hit back through Michael Hughes but Middlesbrough soon regained control and showed their superiority with a fourth goal in the final minute. Phil Stamp hit the target shortly after his introduction as a substitute for Juninho.

Matthew Le Tissier crowned a fine individual performance with a last- gasp equaliser against Nottingham Forest to give Southampton a share of the points in a 2-2 draw at The Dell. Forest wasted a two-goal lead earned by strikes from Kevin Campbell and Dean Saunders. Richard Dryden pulled one back for the Saints with a header from Simon Charlton's corner after the break and then Le Tissier levelled with a right-foot shot from another corner.