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Middlesbrough and Sheffield United played out a 0-0 draw at the Riverside Stadium on Friday night in the first match of the new Championship season.

The Blades had a forceful start with early chances from Keith Treacy and Stephen Quinn but slowly allowed Boro into the game, who arguably had the better of the first half.

New signing Mark Yeates and Adam Johnson caused problems down the flanks for Boro, but the few chances they had were either wasted or dealt with comfortably by Bunn making his debut for the Blades. United looked to spring a surprise on rare counter-attacks, but failed to commit enough men to the cause.

Both teams struggled to deal with set pieces. The Blades seemingly having the better chance to take the lead. Stephen Quinn should have done better when the ball was presented to him unmarked in the box, but resulted in scuffing a volley tamely into fray of bodies.

Boro`s Didier Digard's troubles with injuries continued , which saw him limp off moments before the break with a groin strain.

The second half took similar form, with Middlesbrough having the majority of the possession. A penalty appeal for a Kyle Walker challenge on Johnson was the closest either team came to breaking the deadlock. However, was waved away as a fair challenge

With neither side able to create a clear chance following half-time, both teams introduced new firepower, with Boro handing a debut to Leroy Lita and United replacing Brian Howard with Ched Evans

The new strikers made little impact in the time that was left, both seemed still short of match sharpness

The pace of the game slowed in the final 5 minutes and both teams seemed happy of a share of the spoils


Boro: Coyne, Yeates, Digard (O'Neil 42), Aliadiere, Emnes (Lita 65), Huth, Johnson, Grounds, Williams, McMahon, Wheater

Unused: Hoyte, Taylor, Arca, Franks, Steele

lades: Bunn, France, Montgomery, Morgan, Kilgallon, Henderson, Taylor, Howard (Evans 68), Treacy (Cotterill 63), Quinn, Walker.

Unused: Reid, Bennett, Bromby, Sharp, Little

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Looked industrious and alive. A good signing for Boro, will cause problems all season and could be the difference between play-offs and automatic promotion.

Writer:Dominic Ellis
Date:Saturday August 8 2009
Time: 9:45AM

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Good result, The new signings slotted in well, Taylor at full back looked comfortable and Treacys pace out wide looked useful for future. The tried and tested 4-5-1 worked as well as it did all last season away from home. Hendo was outstanding despite getting nothing from Lee Mason all night and Montys work rate was excellent, I have never seen him looking so fit at the start of a season. Once again Morgs and Killa were totally in control, the best signing on the close season would be a new contract for Killa. We are going to be hard to beat again this season lads.
08/08/2009 10:35:00
totally agree gloch but..... going forward there was nothing there at all. nothing in the centre of midfield that was creative and no one running down either flank. the deffence look didgy at time but once again very trusty and good comms. very very please with bunn looked totally comfortable but needs to communicate better with his deffence. my big issue is scoring goals not sure where they are going to come from.
08/08/2009 14:58:00
We played 4-5-1 for the majority of the match! so we were never going to score loads of goals. last season we had a fantastic away run using the same formation. Bfl, your prediction was that we would lose against boro and we didnt. A point away at boro is a good result when you consider they are favorites for an automatic spot. Lets not forget we are a point better off than at same stage last season!
100% BLADE
08/08/2009 15:35:00
my feelings exactlly but the game was there for the taking last night and we didnt have the quality to score or create 1 real clear cut chance in the second half.
08/08/2009 23:00:00
what a bag of *****e that game was, good luck fellas
08/08/2009 23:29:00
Agree 100%Blade, The 4-5-1 was only ever going to give us a goal on the break, but that worked well last season and it is clear that at teams like Boro KB will use the same strategy this season, I do think that Treacy / Reid one side and Cotts / Little on the other will give us a great deal more options at other grounds but at Boro clearly France played in front of Kyle to give more protection than Cotts could down that flank. Having just come down, Boro are used to getting it wide and KB was clearly protecting the flanks last night. Remember also that it was Treacys shot in the first few minutes that came closest to scoring.
08/08/2009 23:47:00
TimBoro, Welcome to the most competitive league in England. I think you boys have a few shocks coming. You managed one snached shot on goal in 92 minutes and I could have saved that! Granted you wont come up against Morgan and Kilgallon every week but other decent sides in this league will work you out pretty quickly.
08/08/2009 23:58:00
TBW....What was the atmosphere like in the Tunnel Bar last night? Were there many in? I must admit at 2.15am this morning as I crawled into bed I did wonder if a few pints in the bar and watching on the telly wouldn't have been more sensible!
09/08/2009 00:07:00
Think you could be right there glouchblade, and i also think you guys could be one of the most competent teams in the Championship for many years to come.
09/08/2009 02:13:00
Sixpot....Thanks, lets hope you dont follow other soft teams like Leicester, Norwich, Charlton Saints etc into the third tier by clinging to the image of the beautiful game!
09/08/2009 10:10:00
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