Jonathon WOODGATE (OG)
MAN OF THE MATCH
Bizarre fact: #afcb had no shots on target today, and yet drew 3-3. (Two penalties and an own goal). Very good point, all things considered.
— Matt Bisogno (@MattBisogno) September 21, 2013
Pitman's fault for the third…and what the hell was Elliott Ward doing that high up the pitch for our equaliser? Nosebleed? #afcb
— Mark Sinkinson (@marksinkinson) September 21, 2013
— FootballAwaydays (@Awaydays23) September 21, 2013
8th in the table after 8 games, gotta be happy with that #afcb
— Katy Watkins (@CalamityKate67) September 21, 2013
— REO Speedwagon (@rich007owen) September 21, 2013
Can someone give me a reason why Middlesbrough won't be in a relegation battle? #boro
— Toby Maxtone-Smith (@TRMaxtoneSmith) September 21, 2013
— Ross Hunter (@RossHunter1) September 21, 2013
Great to come back from 2-0 down (both pens btw) but #Boro should've held on for all 3 points. Conceded 14 goals in 8 games. Unacceptable.
— Jonny Way (@jonathan_way) September 21, 2013
4 wins in 29 games. Natives getting more & more restless every week. Crowds down to 13k. Gibbo will soon be getting twitchy. #Boro
— Neil Wilford (@NeilWilford_11) September 21, 2013
— George Friend Fans (@FriendArmy4) September 21, 2013
THE STARTING ELEVEN
Ninety minutes without a shot on target sees the Cherries grab 3 goals and a welcome awayday point
The Cherries finally said goodbye to their win one lose one streak, gaining their first draw in eight.
Its not often that you can look back at the match stats and see that the Cherries couldn’t even manage a shot on target. Its even less likely you will see three goals for in the same stats, but that’s exactly what the Cherries got. It all started as the the drinkers were just sitting down. Rantie was upended and the ref pointed to the spot. Pitman added to his measly tally by whacking the ball down the middle.
Eight minutes later the man in the middle pointed to the spot again as a Boro defender got his arm in the way of a Grabban header? Up stepped Pitman who sent the keeper the wrong way doubling his total for the game.
Less than 15 minute gone and the Cherries were already well in front. According to destiny this was a game that the Cherries were to lose. And, it didn’t take long for the home side to get back in the game. In keeping with the game it was a rebound off Allsop that landed in the back of the net. It then took a long-range strike to even up the scores.
We have seen a few worldly long range strikes this season. Is that because our defence isn’t good enough or is it that the opposition is that much better? Probably a bit of both. Whatever the reason, that’s 14 goals conceded in 4 away games, a figure that needs rectifying.
The second-half saw the home side push for the winner with Allsop making a couple of good saves before Boro finally got their noses in front. Like all good Cherries fans, we were thinking that with no shots on target, that was the game gone. But, destiny was to be disappointed as Sir Crockalot Jonathan Woodgate decided that three points simply wasn’t good enough and diverted a Ward shot into his own net.
An ‘excellent performance’ according to Eddie Howe, not sure how no shots on target rates as excellent, maybe good, but excellent?
Anyway, a point from a difficult away game is most welcome and still keeps the Cherries in the hunt for the playoffs, and of course the Premiership :-).