Battle Of The 'Crisis' Managers - Southgate v Hughes!

Last updated : 06 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Mark Hughes and Gareth Southgate are the bookies favourites to get the chop before the season ends, and they go head-to-head in front of a TV audience of millions.

City currently sit tenth in the Premier League, and it is an appropriate position for a side that continues to flip-flop between shows of vast promise and humiliating incompetence.

Last week's showing against Stoke continued the trend.

After the 3-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, City had recorded successive victories over Wigan and Newcastle but, against ten men at the Britannia Stadium, they conceded a goal before spending the second half helplessly failing to break through.

For Middlesbrough, meanwhile, there is also cause for optimism, even despite their 'crisis' now looking very real indeed.

But Boro are capable of rising to the occasion as they demonstrated last season, and they have enjoyed plenty of success in games against City.

The 2-0 victory at the Riverside in October followed last season's famous 8-1 victory on the final day of last season, while City have only won one of the sides' 19 Premier League meetings to date.

Stewart Downing: "We have had a few decent results against Man City over the years.

"It would be good to notch another win, and if we are to do that we have to create chances.

"Obviously it would be great to personally get off the mark. It's been a strange one because it's been a long time without a goal.

"Maybe last season the goals came more easily because we were more attack minded.

"The situation we are in, there is more defensive work needed."

"City haven't gelled as Mark Hughes would have wanted. They've had a few tricky results of late, so hopefully we can go there and win."



BORO: Schwarzer, Young (McMahon 75), Riggott, Wheater, Pogatetz, Boateng, Rochemback, Arca (Johnson 62), Downing, Sanli (Aliadiere 62), Alves.
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Taylor.

MAN CITY: Isaksson, Jihai, Corluka, Dunne, Ball, Ireland,Gelson, Petrov (Elano 71), Garrido, Vassell (Hamann 62),Mwaruwari (Castillo 13).
Subs Not Used: Hart, Caicedo.

Att: 27,613
Sven-Goran Eriksson's anticipated final match in charge of Manchester City ended in humiliating fashion as his 10-man side lost 8-1 at Middlesbrough.
The former England boss has guided the club to ninth in the Barclays Premier League and a likely place in the UEFA Cup via the Fair Play League but that does not appear enough to save his job.
Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra has expressed his disappointment with the final outcome of Eriksson's 10 months in charge and the former Thai Prime Minister is fully expected to dispense with the Swede's services sooner rather than later.
That is much to the disgust of City's supporters, who chanted their support for the Swede throughout the match.
Stewart Downing fired home a 16th-minute penalty after Richard Dunne was harshly sent off for bringing down Tuncay Sanli and eight minutes before the break Afonso Alves slotted home the second from 14 yards.
A superb volley with the outside of his left foot from Downing, another strike from Alves, a deflected long-range effort from Adam Johnson, Fabio Rochemback's 30-yard free-kick and a goal from Jeremie Aliadiere were followed by a consolation for Elano before Alves completed his hat-trick.
The match began badly for City when striker Benjani Mwaruwari received lengthy treatment after being caught in the chest by Rochemback's swinging right leg and was eventually replaced by Nery Castillo in the 13th minute.
Boro's first chance fell to George Boateng from Rochemback's free-kick but a diving Dunne blocked the shot at the expense of a corner.
From Rochemback's delivery, Afonso Alves completely missed his kick but Julio Arca was behind him to curl a 20-yard shot narrowly wide.
The hosts took the lead in the 16th minute when Tuncay raced on to a long ball and, as he entered the penalty area, he accidentally caught Dunne's leg as the defender tried to get back.
The City captain was harshly dismissed by referee Phil Dowd and Stewart Downing clinically dispatched the penalty.
Andreas Isaksson then did well to smother Alves' close-range effort from Downing's 29th-minute corner, although his save was more down to luck than judgment.
Rochemback wasted the chance to shoot from 16 yards, instead passing to Tuncay and allowing City's defence to get back to block.
But the next time the Brazilian went forward, the decision to pass paid off as he picked out compatriot Afonso Alves who slotted home left-footed in the 37th minute.
Late on in the half, Isaksson pulled off a superb save to deny Boateng just five yards out from Downing's left-wing cross.
Isaksson was soon into the action in the second half, parrying Rochemback's free-kick which was fortuitously awarded for Sun Jihai's foul on Downing and wrongly deemed to be outside the penalty area by Dowd.
Exactly the same scenario cost Sun a booking in the 54th minute, although Downing appeared to once again go looking for the obstruction.
But the England winger did something positive in the 57th minute when, after Boateng's right-wing cross was knocked on, he smashed a superb volley with the outside of his left foot inside the far post to end the match as a contest.
Two minutes later, Afonso Alves made it 4-0 when he raced on to Arca's through-ball to stab past Isaksson.
Chris Riggott then had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside as Boro threatened to run riot.
City's luck was obviously not in as, in the 70th minute, Boro grabbed a fifth when Johnson's long-range shot was deflected past Isaksson.
Elano replaced Martin Petrov but, in truth, the visitors were just going through the motions.
Rochemback made it 6-0 with a 30-yard free-kick 10 minutes from time and substitute Aliadiere fired home the seventh in the 85th minute.
Elano scored a consolation before Afonso Alves completed his hat-trick.
Small pockets of fighting broke out between City supporters and stewards at the end of the match, with some seats being ripped out and thrown on to the pitch.
However, a strong police presence, which included dog handlers, soon quelled the violence.

Jones, Wheater, Riggott, Huth, Pogatetz,Adam Johnson, Bates, Walker, Downing, King (Emnes 65),Sanli (Alves 65).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Hoyte, Shawky, Arca, McMahon.

Turnbull, McMahon, Wheater, Riggott, Pogatetz,Adam Johnson, O'Neil, Shawky (Sanli 64), Bates, Downing,King (Alves 64).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Taylor, Emnes, Huth, Arca.
(FA Cup 4th Rd) WOLVES 1 BORO 2 (Alves 44, Emnes 83)
Jones, Bates, Wheater, Riggott,Taylor (McMahon 7), O'Neil, Sanli, Shawky (Hoyte 46),Adam Johnson, Downing, Alves (Emnes 70).
Subs Not Used: Porritt, Bennett, Turnbull, Craddock.

Turnbull, McMahon (Bates 70), Wheater, Riggott (Huth 36), Taylor, O'Neil (Mido 57), Digard, Shawky, Downing, Sanli, Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Bennett.

BORO 1 SUNDERLAND 1 (Alves 45)
Turnbull, McMahon, Riggott, Wheater, Pogatetz,Sanli, Digard (Bates 65), Walker (Johnson 47), Arca, Downing,Alves (Mido 86).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Taylor, Emnes, Huth.

(FA Cup 3rd Rd) BORO 2 BARROW 1 (Alves 23, 62)
Jones, McMahon, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, Johnson, Walker, Digard, Downing, Alves, Aliadiere (Emnes 34), Emnes (Mido 84).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Taylor, Riggott, Sanli, Bates.

Turnbull, Bates, Riggott, Wheater, Pogatetz, Aliadiere (Emnes 76), O'Neil, Arca, Downing, Sanli, Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Taylor, Huth, Shawky, Porritt, Walker.

Turnbull, McMahon, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere (Johnson 70), O'Neil (Emnes 85), Arca, Downing,Sanli (Alves 54), Mido.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Huth, Wheater, Walker.

Turnbull, McMahon, Riggott, Huth (Taylor 85), Pogatetz, Johnson (Emnes 80), Shawky, Arca (Mido 46), Downing, Aliadiere, Sanli.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Alves, Wheater, Walker.

BORO 1 ARSENAL 1 (Aliadiere 29)
Turnbull, McMahon, Riggott, Huth, Pogatetz,Johnson (Emnes 90), Digard (Shawky 90), Arca, Downing, Sanli,Aliadiere.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Alves, Bates, Hines, Grounds.

HULL CITY 2 BORO 1 (Sanli 79)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor,Aliadiere, Arca, Digard (Hines 87), Downing, Sanli, Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Johnson, McMahon, Grounds, Walker.

Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor,Aliadiere (Mido 77), Arca, Digard, Downing, Sanli, Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Johnson, Hines, Grounds, Walker.

BORO 1 BOLTON 3 (Pogatetz 77)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz,Taylor (Arca 76), Aliadiere (Adam Johnson 58), O'Neil, Digard,Downing, Alves (Emnes 75), Sanli.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Hines, Grounds, Walker.

EVERTON 1 BORO 1 (O'Neil 8)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Riggott (Wheater 52), Pogatetz, Taylor, O'Neil, Digard, Arca (Adam Johnson 69), Downing,Alves (Emnes 84), Sanli.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Franks, Grounds, Walker.

ASTON VILLA 1 BORO 2 (Sanli 34, 88)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Pogatetz, Riggott, Taylor,Aliadiere, Digard, O'Neil, Downing, Sanli, Alves (Arca 83).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Wheater, Grounds, Walker.

BORO 1 WEST HAM 1 (Mido 83)
Turnbull, Wheater (Hoyte 46), Riggott, Pogatetz,Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard (Arca 56), Downing, Sanli,Alves (Mido 67).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Grounds.

BORO 2 MAN CITY 0 (Alves 53 pen, O'Neil 90)
Turnbull, Wheater, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor,Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard (Arca 75), Downing (Adam Johnson 83),Sanli, Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, John Johnson, Grounds, Walker.

BLACKBURN 1 BORO 1 (Alves 74)
Turnbull, Wheater, Riggott, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard, Downing, Alves, Sanli (Emnes 85).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Shawky, Adam Johnson, John Johnson, Grounds.

Turnbull, Grounds (John Johnson 54), Wheater,Riggott, Taylor, Aliadiere, Shawky (Digard 65), O'Neil,Adam Johnson (Alves 65), Downing, Mido.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, Bennett, Walker.

WIGAN 0 BORO 1 (Aliadiere 89)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Wheater, Riggott, Grounds, Aliadiere, O'Neil, Shawky (Digard 58), Downing, Alves (Adam Johnson 79), Mido.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Emnes, John Johnson, Walker, Craddock.

Turnbull, Hoyte, Huth, Wheater, Taylor, Aliadiere (Adam Johnson 60), O'Neil, Shawky (Digard 60), Downing, Alves, Mido.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Riggott, Emnes, Bennett, Walker.

Carling Cup MAN UTD 3 BORO 1 (Adam Johnson 56)
Jones, Hoyte, Wheater, Pogatetz, Taylor,Downing, Digard (Riggott 72), O'Neil, Shawky (Adam Johnson 46),Aliadiere, Alves (Emnes 85).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Arca, Walker, Craddock.

Turnbull, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, Taylor,Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard (Shawky 68), Downing,Adam Johnson (Hoyte 68), Alves.
Subs Not Used: Jones, Riggott, Arca, Walker.

Turnbull, Hoyte, Huth, Riggott, Pogatetz,Aliadiere, O'Neil, Digard (Taylor 70), Downing, Alves,Mido (Adam Johnson 84).
Subs Not Used: Jones, Wheater, Porritt, Walker, Craddock.

BORO 2 STOKE CITY 1 (Alves 37, Sanli 85)
Turnbull, Hoyte (Taylor 72), Wheater, Huth,Pogatetz, Aliadiere, Shawky (Digard 61), O'Neil, Downing,Alves (Mido 76), Sanli.
Subs Not Used: Steele, Riggott, Emnes, Adam Johnson.

Carling Cup BORO 5 YEOVIL 1 (Mido 11, Digard 23, Aliadiere 32, Emnes 47, Adam Johnson 66)
Turnbull, Hoyte, Riggott,Pogatetz (Williams 74), Grounds, Aliadiere (O'Neil 60), Digard,Shawky (Walker 60), Adam Johnson, Emnes, Mido.
Subs Not Used: Steele, Downing, Sanli, Alves.

LIVERPOOL 2 BORO 1 (Mido 70)
Turnbull, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz,Taylor (Hoyte 75), Aliadiere, O'Neil, Shawky, Downing,Alves (Mido 60), Sanli (Digard 87).
Subs Not Used: Emnes, Adam Johnson, Williams.

BORO 2 SPURS 1 (Wheater 71, Mido 86)
Jones, Wheater, Huth, Pogatetz, Taylor, Aliadiere, Shawky, O'Neil, Downing, Alves (Mido 82), Sanli (Digard 72).
Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Emnes, Adam Johnson, Williams, Grounds.