Middlesbrough v Albion LIVE - from the Riverside

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  • Full-time: Middlesbrough 0 Albion 1
  • Ulloa back on bench
  • Ward fit to start
  • Barnes hits post on 10mins
  • Upson heads home 86mins

4:56pm

That's it - not a great game but a tremendous 1-0 win for Albion

4:50pm

Albion take the lead with four minutes remaining as Conway whips in a corner from the right and UPSON heads into the ground and the ball bounces up into the top corner

4:47pm

Ulloa on for Barnes with seven minutes remaining

4:39pm

Calderon on for Ward 75mins

4:37pm

Boro have got themselves on top at the moment without really troubling Brezovan. They also make a second change with Main on for Jutkiewicz

4:34pm

Upson booked for a foul on Jutkiewicz

4:31pm

Adomah whips in a cross from the right and Jutkiewicz heads over under pressure from a defender. Still 0-0 after 67 mins

4:24pm

LuaLua on for David Lopez

4:22pm

The bandaged Upson is twice to Albion's rescue, first clearing a dangerous Friend cross from in front of his own goal and moments later getting the ball away again from an inviting centre by Carayol

4:13pm

Attendance is 13,635 including 381 Albion fans - well done to them because it's a long way up here!

4:11pm

Lively start to the second half for Albion, Ward tries his luck from 28 yards and Given pushes the on-target shot over the bar for a corner

4:06pm

Boro make a change at half-time with Woodgate off and Ben Gibson on

3:48pm

Tha'ts half-time - 0-0. Not a great game so far, Albion went closest with that Barnes header which struck a post on ten minutes

3:46pm

A good chance for Jutwiecicz but he couldn't get any power or direction on his header from  Friend's cross and Brezovan held comfortably

3:45pm

A low shot from Butterfield is easy for Brezovan 41 mins. A low-key game so far

3:38pm

You can see the Karanka influence at Boro. They haven't threatened apart from that Carayol but some of their passing is of a style Albion are accustomed to

3:30pm

Upson took a kick in the head from a corner and went off for treatment for a cut. He eventually reappeared wearing a white headband and a new shirt with no number. While Albion were trying to get him back on, Brezovan turned a 25-yard strike from Carayol around his near post for a corner

3:21pm

A low left-foot shot from David Lopez from a tight angle is held by Given after more good work from Conway down the left. Albion are the better side at the moment

3:15pm

Ince bursts into the box, the move breaks down but Boro fail to clear and Crofts curls a shot comfortably wide of the far post on 12 minutes

3:14pm

POST. It is almost six in six from Barnes as he heads Conway's corner from the left against a post on 10 minutes

3:09pm

5mins in and not much to shout about. Conway already looks a threat and Brezovan has shown safe hands with two early catches

3:00pm

The match is under way, Albion kicking to the opposite end from their fans in the first half ...

2:58pm

The teams are on the pitch and we will be under way shortly ...

2:49pm

This, of course, is the last game of Craig Conway's loan spell but let's hope this may not be the last we see of him. He has proved a welcome addition to the squad, particularly in recent weeks

2:29pm

The Middlesbrough is almost as predicted by Brian Owen in The Argus today - just Friend in at left-back for Gibson. There is no Emnes, though - he joins fellow striker Kei Kamara on the absentee list

2:19pm

Nearly got blown over as I walked from the car park to the stadium entrance so I suggest conditions could be tough. Remember we are governed by a three-minute delay in postings but I will be tweeting as things happen @HowardGriggs

2:17pm

So Ulloa is back on the bench today, Ward is fit to start despite being troubled in the week by a foot injury while Brezovan continues in goal and El-Abd, who replaced Gordon Greer early last week, partners Matthew Upson in the centre of defence

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2:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

I am really pleased to see that Ward is fit to start he had a great game against Leicester and it's not a position that we have quality cover for, not when compared to our right side options.
I am really pleased to see that Ward is fit to start he had a great game against Leicester and it's not a position that we have quality cover for, not when compared to our right side options. VegasSeagull

2:28pm Sat 14 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

The Leicester V Burnley result was good for us today, we now need to pick up three points today to really benefit from it.
The Leicester V Burnley result was good for us today, we now need to pick up three points today to really benefit from it. VegasSeagull

2:52pm Sat 14 Dec 13

SeagullShoey30 says...

Hope we continue our great form shown against Leicester last week. UTA
Hope we continue our great form shown against Leicester last week. UTA SeagullShoey30

3:22pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

WE seem to have started well and mean business----early doors but 64% of play and four shots UTA COME ON!!!
WE seem to have started well and mean business----early doors but 64% of play and four shots UTA COME ON!!! mikeygit

3:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

OldGull says...

hope the argus have not cursed Upson.
Hope he gets back on pitch quickly
hope the argus have not cursed Upson. Hope he gets back on pitch quickly OldGull

3:27pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Old gull---yes my thoughts as well!!
Old gull---yes my thoughts as well!! mikeygit

3:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Boro seem to be getting back into the match with three quick attempts on goal--COME ON BRIGHTON lets have a goal from YOU before half time!!!
Boro seem to be getting back into the match with three quick attempts on goal--COME ON BRIGHTON lets have a goal from YOU before half time!!! mikeygit

4:47pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

Seems as if this is a damp squib match now---Brighton only having one attempt on goal this half and when they seemed to show so much promise in the first half. Be happy with a 0--0, just hope Boro do not sneak a goal at the death!!!
Seems as if this is a damp squib match now---Brighton only having one attempt on goal this half and when they seemed to show so much promise in the first half. Be happy with a 0--0, just hope Boro do not sneak a goal at the death!!! mikeygit

4:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

russellsnr says...

Apparently Brighton are 1-0 up
Apparently Brighton are 1-0 up russellsnr

4:49pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

GOAL!!!! Just when I said THEY makes sneak one --WE have!! Olloa on who one would expect to head one in and it is UPSON who scores with his head. Batten down the hatches BRIGHTON for a WIN!!!!
GOAL!!!! Just when I said THEY makes sneak one --WE have!! Olloa on who one would expect to head one in and it is UPSON who scores with his head. Batten down the hatches BRIGHTON for a WIN!!!! mikeygit

4:59pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mikeygit says...

May not have been a great game but it was greater for Brighton than Boro---a win is 3 points however you look at it. Good that Brighton are managing to grind out these wins when last season they threw games away not being able to hold on to the end. GREAT!!!!
May not have been a great game but it was greater for Brighton than Boro---a win is 3 points however you look at it. Good that Brighton are managing to grind out these wins when last season they threw games away not being able to hold on to the end. GREAT!!!! mikeygit

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