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Season 2007-08
Middlesbrough (h) Premier Reserve League (North)

Date: Tuesday 18th September 2007, 7pm

 St.James' Park




Newcastle Reserves



0 - 2




Half time: Newcastle 0 Smogs 1

47 mins
Hines shot 0-1

Full time: Newcastle  Smogs 2

68 mins
Hutchinson header 0-2

We Said

Lee Clark commented:

"We talk about Fraser at the club and we believe he is the most improved player over the past 18 months - that's all credit to the coaching staff at the club and also to Steve Harper and Shay Given who look after our young keepers.

"Some of the saves Fraser pulled off against Boro were of the highest quality.

"If he improves at the rate he has so far then we could have another fantastic keeper to add to what we have got already.

"I thought in the first-half we were a bit in awe of some of their experienced players," added Clark. In the end their extra quality showed but I was pleased with the effort and commitment of our lads and we could have snatched a draw if Ryan Donaldson's penalty had gone in.</P>

"But I'm delighted to the start of the season, the lads have been brilliant and long may it continue."


Having seen his senior side lose their unbeaten record on Monday, Sam Allardyce was at St.James' Park the following evening to see his second string similarly beaten.

A more experienced Boro side scored a goal in the closing stages of both halves to maintain their own good start to the season.

However things could have been far bleaker for the home side, had it not been for a series of noteworthy stops from goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

With Lee Clark only able to select Matty Pattison and David Edgar who had any senior experience, the Teessiders fielded no less than eight current and former first-teamers.

That included the out-of-favour former Valencia, Lazio and Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta and South Korean striker Gong-Dook Lee.

New Egyptian signing Mohamed Shawky made his first appearance in English football, watched by his fellow countryman Mido from the SJP Director's Box.

With Forster already earning his money, United were forced into a change when Alex Francis was stretchered off with his right leg strapped up, Callum Morris replacing him.

The visitors continued to dominate but it took until the 40th minute for them to open the scoring, Seb Hines hooking into the Gallowgate goal from close range after Forster had parried Craddock's original effort.

Some half time dressing room discussions saw the Magpies emerge in a more competitive spirit, managing for the first time in the game to play in the opposition half of the field.

However our set pieces continued to mirror the first team in their lack of direction, culminating in us missing a golden opportunity to get back on level terms.

Young striker Ryan Donaldson had been on the field for just five minutes when he was entrusted with a penalty kick - awarded when Kazenga LuaLua tumbled under challenge from McMahon.

However, Brad Jones blocked his effort, having earlier kept out LuaLua's attempts on goal.

Sadly for Lee Clark's side that was to be the closest they came to scoring, on a night when there was clear effort but inspiration remained in short supply.

And Boro sealed the victory on 89 minutes after Owen found space down the left to cross for Ben Hutchinson to convert with a glancing header. 


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