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Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackburn Rovers: FLW reports as Hayden Coulson secures late point at the Riverside Stadium



Middlesbrough recorded a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers at the Riverside Stadium.

Despite battling back from a goal down, that result makes it six games without a win for the Teessiders.

Jonathan Woodgate made one change to the side that drew 1-1 with Birmingham City as Marcus Tavernier replaced the injured Patrick Roberts in the side, while Britt Assombalonga made his long-awaited return to the matchday squad after injury.

Tony Mowbray also made one alteration as Joe Rankin-Costello replaced the injured Joe Rothwell.

It was the hosts who had the first real opportunity when former Boro boy Stewart Downing brought down Ashley Fletcher on the edge of the area.

That led to a free-kick which Lewis Wing put just wide of the mark.

Marvin Johnson then went close shortly after when his stung the palms of Christian Walton in the visitors’ goal.

Blackburn had a quiet opening but showed glimpses of what they had to offer as Sam Gallagher and then Downing ran at the Middlesbrough defence before floating crosses into the penalty which, in truth, should have been followed in by a Blackburn Rovers shirt on both occasions.

The rest of the first half was a stop-start affair with several minor knocks disrupting the flow of the game.

Middlesbrough started the second half in much the same way as the first by pushing the visitors back into their own half.

Marcus Tavernier forced Christian Walton into an early save before Jonny Howson cut in from the right and sent a left-footed effort agonisingly wide of the mark.

However it was Blackburn Rovers who took the lead as Lewis Travis burst out of midfield, played a one-two with Adam Armstrong before slotting under Aynsley Pears with ease.

Britt Assombalonga made his comeback from injury as he replaced Tavernier with the hope of getting Middlesbrough back into the game.

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It was actually Middlesbrough’s second substitute, Hayden Coulson, who made that breakthrough when he tapped home from close range to set us up for an interesting final 15 minutes.

Woodgate’s third substitution almost secured the points for the hosts as Rudy Gestede was denied a goal after his powerful header was wonderfully saved by Walton in the Blackburn Rovers goal.

Middlesbrough certainly appeared the more likely to get a winning goal but they’ll have to be happy with one point after a late revival.

FULL-TIME: Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

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