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                                                    Aron Gunnarsson (58 mins)

                                                    The Coca-Cola Football League Championship , Apr 24, 2010
                                                    Ground: The Riverside Stadium , Kickoff: 16:00 , Att 27,721

                                                    Team news

                                                    O'Neil available for Boro Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan will have skipper Gary O'Neil at his disposal for the final two games of the season.

                                                    O'Neil belatedly made his 100th appearance for the club in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at West Brom after the Teessiders reached agreement with his former club Portsmouth over an additional payment and is available once again as Coventry head to the North East.

                                                    Utility man Rhys Williams continues to battle against a pelvic injury which has hampered him for several weeks and striker Leroy Lita had missed training because of a virus but both are expected to be back in contention.

                                                    Jeremie Aliadiere (broken toe) and Luke Williams (knee) played for the reserves in midweek and could be available but David Wheater, who sat out the West Brom game with an ankle injury, is likely to be sidelined once again.

                                                    Emanuel Pogatetz and Willo Flood (both knee), Seb Hines (ankle and medial ligament), Tony McMahon (stress fracture of the foot) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the casualty list.

                                                    Martin Cranie has emerged as a doubt for the trip to the Riverside while the participation of on-loan striker Freddie Sears also remains in the balance.

                                                    Left-back Cranie, who started last weekend`s 1-1 home draw against Preston, has suffered a knee problem and will continue to be monitored ahead of the clash.

                                                    Sears, meanwhile, missed the visit of North End altogether having limped out of training last Thursday, and the same ankle injury is again threatening his involvement.

                                                    Midfielder Aron Gunnarsson shrugged off a thigh/hip problem to start against the Lancashire outfit and the Iceland international has suffered no ill-effects.

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                                                    Daily Mirror match report

                                                    Aron Gunnarsson insists he has dropped what he calls “the German porn star look”.

                                                    But after scoring Coventry’s equaliser, his first goal in a year, the midfielder claims his dodgy mullet stays – for the good of team morale.

                                                    The Icelander’s girlfriend made him shave off the droopy moustache she said made him look like he had stepped off an adult film set.

                                                    He said: “The German porn star look has gone for good because my missus just wasn’t happy about it.

                                                    “But I’ll keep the mullet, even though I get loads of stick for it. It’s caused plenty of banter and it’s lifted the lads. I don’t mind being the butt of a few jokes if it helps team spirit.”

                                                    Gunnarsson cancelled out Scott McDonald’s fourth goal since a ££3.5million January move from Celtic as Boro stretched their four-month unbeaten home record in a game to forget.

                                                    Gordon Strachan has been told to keep his cheque book shut at this summer’s World Cup. The Boro boss is in South Africa as a TV pundit, but fans hope he steers clear of the high-profile flops seen at the Riverside down the years.

                                                    Afonso Alves, Marvin Emnes, Massimo Maccarone, Hamilton Ricard cost small fortunes for little in return.

                                                    As they prepare for another season in the Championship, Boro will be shopping at Aldi rather than Harrods and Barry Robson said: “Hopefully there’ll be some good players the manager can sign. He’s not going to break the bank because we haven’t got that kind of money any more.”

                                                    Robson played down fears Strachan faces a mutiny over plans to take them to La Manga in Spain for a week during their summer holidays.

                                                    The Boro skipper added: “We have eight weeks off which is a long time.

                                                    “We’ll have a week off in the middle of that as a team. We’ll do fitness work and maybe get a round of golf, so we’re all looking forward to it.”

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    MiddlesbroughRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Brad Jones
                                                    2 Justin Hoyte
                                                    5 Chris Riggott
                                                    19 Stephen McManus
                                                    27 Joe Bennett
                                                    35 Luke Williams
                                                    17 Barry Robson
                                                    25 Rhys Williams
                                                    10 Jeremie Aliadiere(sub 72)
                                                    18 Lee Miller(sub 61)
                                                    7 Scott McDonald Goal
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    21 Danny Coyne
                                                    9 Leroy Lita(sub 61)
                                                    12 Chris Killen
                                                    20 Julio Arca
                                                    23 Jonathan Grounds
                                                    28 Jonathan Franks(sub 72)
                                                    33 Kyle Naughton
                                                    CoventryRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Keiren Westwood
                                                    2 Stephen Wright(sub 74)
                                                    24 Richard Wood
                                                    22 Leon Barnett
                                                    15 Martin Cranie
                                                    7 David Bell(sub 78)
                                                    17 Aron Gunnarsson Goal
                                                    4 Sammy Clingan
                                                    21 Michael McIndoe
                                                    10 Freddy Eastwood
                                                    11 Clinton Morrison(sub 83)
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    13 Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
                                                    3 Marcus Hall
                                                    14 Chris Hussey
                                                    18 Carl Baker(sub 78)
                                                    34 Jermaine Grandison
                                                    35 Jordan Clarke(sub 74)
                                                    36 Sean Jeffers(sub 83)

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