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                                                    Middlesbrough
                                                    Ishmael Miller (14 mins)
                                                    Richard Smallwood (36 mins)
                                                    Scott McDonald (62 mins)
                                                    Adam Reach (88 mins)
                                                    4-2
                                                    Blackpool
                                                    Wes Thomas (59 mins)
                                                    Chris Basham (76 mins)

                                                    npower Championship , Dec 29, 2012
                                                    Ground: The Riverside Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 18,164

                                                    Team news

                                                    Duo struggling for Boro Andre Bikey and Josh McEachran are doubts for Middlesbrough's home clash with Blackpool.

                                                    Central defender Bikey and midfielder McEachran both suffered ankle injuries during the 1-0 npower Championship victory over Blackburn and will be assessed over the next 48 hours.

                                                    Defender Seb Hines and midfielder Faris Haroun also missed the Blackburn game, both with hamstring problems, and they will also face late checks.

                                                    Long-term absentee Rhys Williams played the second half of the Boxing Day match after recovering from ankle ligament damage, his first senior appearance in four months, and manager Tony Mowbray will hope he suffers no ill-effects.

                                                    Midfielders Julio Arca (toe) and Muzzy Carayol and striker Curtis Main (both knee) are continuing to work their way back to full fitness.

                                                    Blackpool boss Michael Appleton could rotate his attacking options.

                                                    Appleton says he has been impressed by the contributions of Nathan Delfouneso and Nouha Dicko in recent weeks and could reward one if not both with a starting place.

                                                    "I think the players coming off the bench are starting to make a mark," he told the club's official website. "We're very fortunate that substitutes have come on and scored goals at critical times for us, which has been a bonus." Delfouneso netted the equaliser in their Boxing Day draw at Huddersfield as the Tangerines moved within four points of the play-off places.

                                                    Defender Craig Cathcart returned against the Terriers after recovering from a sickness bug and should retain his place after no further setbacks.

                                                    Neal Eardley remained on the bench in that fixture with the same problem and may have to settle for a substitute's role again.

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                                                    Middlesbrough vs Blackpool

                                                    Last modified 17:25 29/12/12

                                                    Boro close in on promotion places Middlesbrough secured their first home league victory over Blackpool for 39 years with a 4-2 win at the Riverside that inched them closer to an automatic promotion place.

                                                    The hosts dominated proceedings in the first half and striker Ishmael Miller was at the heart of things with an early goal, with Richard Smallwood doubling the advantage on 35 minutes.

                                                    Blackpool fought back when Wes Thomas scored just before the hour mark, but Scott McDonald replied for Boro.

                                                    Chris Basham found the net and Blackpool would have edged a point but Thomas Ince's 81st-minute penalty was well saved by Boro keeper Jason Steele, before Adam Reach made the points safe three minutes from time for the hosts.

                                                    Middlesbrough were seeking their fourth successive home win and started optimistically with Grant Leadbitter's early corners causing all sorts of problems for Blackpool.

                                                    Visiting keeper Matt Gilks was kept busy by Miller's crossing, and the combination for the inevitable opener came as no surprise.

                                                    Gilks opted to stay on the line for Leadbitter's 14th-minute corner - Boro's seventh - meaning Miller had enough space to head into the bottom corner.

                                                    Miller and Marvin Emnes both went close from the edge of the box, but Boro were forced into a change with the injured Justin Hoyte replaced by Stuart Parnaby.

                                                    Blackpool's first decent chance came in the 25th minute when Boro could only half clear from Stephen Crainey's corner as Ince volleyed wide, but the visitors were finding some pockets of pressure up front.

                                                    Michael Appleton attempted a shake-up by replacing Nathan Delfouneso with Angel Martinez but Blackpool conceded their second 10 minutes before the break as Emnes' cut-back found Smallwood who coolly slotted in from the edge of the area.

                                                    Emnes and Miller proved almost unstoppable in the second half. Gilks tipped over from another Miller cross while Leadbitter kept Boro's threats alive from the corner flag.

                                                    Gary Taylor-Fletcher headed tamely wide in a rare Blackpool move while Appleton brought on Ludovic Sylvestre for the ineffective Tiago Gomes.

                                                    It provided the impetus as Blackpool strung several passes together before Taylor-Fletcher laid off for Thomas who found space to score at the near post.

                                                    Just three minutes later, though, Boro caught their opponents out in possession and Scott McDonald charged forward before a calm finish saw the two-goal advantage restored.

                                                    Blackpool attempted a swift response as Chris Basham shot wide but Boro were in cruise control, replacing Miller with Reach before McDonald went close from 18 yards.

                                                    Basham then made it a nervy end to the game as Basham got on the end of a cross from the tireless Crainey before Jonathan Woodgate felled Sylvestre to concede the spot kick and earn a yellow card.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    MiddlesbroughRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    1 Jason Steele
                                                    2 Justin Hoyte(sub 20)
                                                    39 Jonathan Woodgate
                                                    14 Rhys Williams
                                                    18 Andrew Halliday
                                                    9 Marvin Emnes(sub 81)
                                                    7 Grant Leadbitter
                                                    10 Nicky Bailey
                                                    33 Richard Smallwood Goal
                                                    30 Ishmael Miller(sub 64) Goal
                                                    27 Scott McDonald Goal
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    32 Jayson Leutwiler
                                                    5 Merouane Zemmama
                                                    8 Kevin Thomson
                                                    17 Lukas Jutkiewicz(sub 81)
                                                    21 Stuart Parnaby(sub 20)
                                                    22 Luke Williams
                                                    25 Adam Reach(sub 64) Goal
                                                    BlackpoolRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Matt Gilks
                                                    3 Stephen Crainey
                                                    42 Kirk Broadfoot
                                                    20 Craig Cathcart
                                                    15 Alex Baptiste
                                                    17 Chris Basham Goal
                                                    8 Tiago Gomes(sub 56)
                                                    12 Gary Taylor-Fletcher
                                                    40 Nathan Delfouneso(sub 36)
                                                    39 Wes Thomas Goal
                                                    11 Thomas Ince
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    21 Mark Halstead
                                                    5 Neal Eardley
                                                    9 Kevin Phillips
                                                    14 Ludovic Sylvestre(sub 56)
                                                    31 Angel Martinez(sub 36)
                                                    33 Robert Harris
                                                    38 Nouha Dicko

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