Sunday, 24 May 2009

Relegation party updates

Its been 12 years since Boro were last relegated

17:58 Its all over. West Ham win 2-1 and Newcastle's 1-0 defeat at Villa means they join Boro in the Championship next year. Hull and Sunderland survive despite defeats. A long and grim summer awaits

Gary O'Neil is lucky to get away with a yellow card for a horrible lunge at Diego Tristan. Newcastle and Boro heading down with West Brom at the moment.

Franks prepares to come on. West Ham look the more likely to score. Its only a matter of time now.

Back to square one. West Ham lead again and that must be that. Junior Stanislas' daisy cutter squirms past Brad Jones. That was a horrible error by Jones.

Matthew Bates flashes a speculative shot just over the bar. Hull and Newcastle still trail by a single goal but Kieron Richardson has equalised for Sunderland.

There is hope, there is hope. Tuncay slips it to Gary O'Neil who drives across Green into the bottom corner. 1-1.

We're off for the second half at West Ham. Josh Walker and Joe Bennett are on for Tony McMahon and Julio Arca. Stone the crows, after 46 minutes thats a shot on target at last.

Sunderland fans might be getting a bit twitchy after Nicolas Anelka scores a stunner at the Stadium of Light.

Howard Webb brings a dismal half to an end at Upton Park. With less than an hour to save Premier League status, Boro are losing the game they had to win. Abysmal defending allowed Carlton Cole a simple tap in. Despite plenty of possession, Boro haven't tested Robert Green at all. With Marlon King the latest player to drop out, Boro's attacking option on the bench is Jonathan Franks. Its a pathetic conclusion to a pathetic season.

Typically, the other results are going our way. Hull trail to a Darron Gibson howitzer at the KC Stadium while Newcastle trail after a barnstorming finish to the first half from Villa.

16:00 Its kick of at Hull, Villa and West Ham. Boro need to beat the Hammers to have any chance. If that happens, Newcastle and Hull lose and we can wipe out the Tigers' goal difference advantage, a miracle could happen.

West Ham team: Green, Spector, Ilunga, Neill, Upson, Noble, Kovac, Collison, Boa Morte, Stanislas, Cole.

Boro team: Jones, McMahon, Hoyte, Wheater, Huth, O'Neil, A Johnson, Bates, Arca, Tuncay, Emnes.

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