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Middlesbrough 1-1 Peterborough United (Boro Fan's Perspective)

Monday 2nd January 2012
Boro were denied all three points as Tommy Rowe snatched a late equaliser to extend Peterborough's unbeaten run to four games.

It was the first time the that Tony Mowbray's men have dropped points in December after four successive wins and they will be bitterly disappointed after they missed the chance to go level on points with leaders and fellow promotion chasers Southampton.

Barry Robson started the game brightly and nearly picked up where he had left off after his stunning strike on Boxing Day, but his two early shots went narrowly over the bar. Nigerian striker Bart Ogbeche also came close in the early stages but his low shot lacked the power required to beat the Peterborough keeper.

The visitors showed little attacking intent in the first period but the home side again came close when Justin Hoyte's strike just evaded the advancing Scott McDonald.

Middlesbrough were rewarded for their persistence six minutes in to the second-half, when a Barry Robson corner found McDonald whose glancing effort beat Joe Lewis in the Peterborough goal.

The home side's goal seemed to spark Peterborough into life and they responding by testing home keeper Jason Steele through two powerful long range efforts from Scott Wooton and Paul Taylor.

It was Australian international McDonald however that looked most likely to score, as he hit the woodwork twice in a matter of minutes. The former Celtic man first hit a rasping drive off the underside of the bar after an excellent solo run. Having picked the ball up from Faris Haroun, McDonald then saw another shot come back off the post and substitute Marvin Emnes could only put the follow up wide.

The home side were made to pay for being so wasteful in front of goal in the 87th minute. George Boyd's strike was palmed wide by Boro keeper Steele and Rowe nodded in from the resulting corner to spoil the Teesside clubs New year's party.

The result was the second 1-1 draw of the season between the two sides after the same result at London Road in November. The point takes Boro up in to the second automatic promotion spot and whilst Peterborough are 15th.
Matthew Nixon

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