Boro disappointed with draw

Blackburn 1 Middlesbrough 1

Blackburn 1 Middlesbrough 1

Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate saw his side leave Ewood Park with a point tonight when victory was there for the taking.

Jeremie Aliadiere should have scored the winner in stoppage time but somehow headed over from close range after a cross from substitute Fabio Rochemback.

It was that kind of day for Southgate, however, with his struggling side missing a lot of good chances.

They went ahead thanks to David Wheater's third goal in five matches only for substitute Matt Derbyshire to pull Blackburn level.

Middlesbrough went into the match one point off relegation zone but made the perfect start.

They opened the scoring in the 13th minute from a set-piece that caught the home side napping.

Wheater raced in on the blind side to get on the end of Stewart Downing's free-kick.

Brad Friedel got a hand to the header but was unable to prevent it going into the net.

Blackburn were stung and Roque Santa Cruz got little power on his effort four minutes later when he was picked out by David Bentley.

Bentley then whipped in a free-kick from an acute angle in the 21st minute but Mark Schwarzer took it cleanly.

Blackburn pushed forward and a well-struck volley from Andre Ooijer in the 27th minute caught Schwarzer by surprise.

However, the goalkeeper recovered just in time to push the ball around the post.

Middlesbrough were looking well organised and content just to try to hit the home side on the break after taking the lead.

Bentley was not having much luck and saw his free-kick from 25 yards sail into the crowd after George Boateng had been penalised for hauling down Steven Reid.

The Irish international then failed to get any power or direction on his header following the winger's cross in the 43rd minute before Bentley sent a shot whistling past the post in stoppage time.

Aliadiere suddenly sprung into action and almost added a second goal in the 52nd minute.

He got into a good position in the penalty area but dragged his effort wide of Friedel's post.

Tuncay then squandered a glorious chance for Middlesbrough two minutes later when he mis-hit his effort in front of goal.

The Turkish forward was left red-faced after being released by Aliadiere.

Middlesbrough were growing in confidence and Tuncay picked out Gary O'Neil in the 59th minute but Friedel was equal to his effort.

Rochemback's thunderous free-kick from 25 yards then startled Friedel, who was just happy to make the block.

This was an anxious spell for Blackburn, who were finding it difficult to create chances.

It brought a change in personnel in the 65th minute when Brett Emerton and Derbyshire replaced Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn.

Wheater, however, almost got his second goal in the 69th minute when his header came back off the underside of the crossbar after a cross from O'Neil.

Blackburn drew level in the 75th minute when Derbyshire scored at the back post.

He took advantage after Roberts had miscued his effort following a flick on from Santa Cruz.

It was Derbyshire's second goal in the league campaign - his other one came in the victory against the same opposition on the opening day of the season.

Bentley almost put Blackburn ahead in the 85th minute but Schwarzer managed to get a vital touch at the last moment and they had to settle for a point after Aliadiere's miss.

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