Shawky Happy To Bounce Back From Hull Defeat!

Last updated : 14 December 2008 By Boro Mad

MIDDLESBROUGH: Turnbull, McMahon, Riggott, Huth, Pogatetz,Johnson (Emnes 90), Digard (Shawky 90), Arca, Downing, Sanli,Aliadiere.

Subs Not Used: Jones, Alves, Bates, Hines, Grounds.

ARSENAL: Almunia, Sagna, Gallas, Djourou, Clichy, Denilson,Fabregas, Song Billong, Diaby (Bendtner 82), Van Persie,Adebayor.

Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Vela, Ramsey, Silvestre, Wilshere,

Att: 27,320

Emmanuel Adebayor struck after 17 minutes but ex-Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere equalised to dent Arsenal's title hopes further.

But despite passing up the chance to cut Liverpool's lead at the top, Wenger has vowed to keep fighting.

Wenger: "We believe that champions are people who go on when everybody else stops. That's the way we can show it. Nobody believes in us but we can show we still believe and keep going.

"I believe at the moment my team needs encouragement more than anything."

But former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere delivered another blow to Arsene Wenger's flickering League title hopes.

Aliadiere pounced with a fine glancing header in the 29th minute to cancel out Emmanuel Adebayor's 17th-minute opener and ultimately ensure Gareth Southgate's men a well-deserved share of the spoils.

Stewart Downing was denied a second-half winner by a fine save from Manuel Almunia but the Gunners also had their chances through Robin van Persie and substitute Nicklas Bendtner.

The main talking point was Boro's call for a penalty appeal, only to see it turned down in the 35th minute when McMahon was tripped by Gael Clichy just inside the Boro box ... but referee Peter Walton waved play on.

Boro's Egypt midfielder Mohamed Shawky says he was happy enough with Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw.

Mohamed Shawky: "I'm pleased with what I can call a fair and positive result.

"It was very important for us not to lose, especially after last week's defeat at Hull City."