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Posted Sat 11 Feb 12 at 14:27 PM


Town's game against Middlesbrough was abandoned after 37 minutes, after a decision from referee Dean Whitestone.

The score was 0-0 at the time, despite having the better of the chances, before the decision came to abandon the game for the safety of the players.

Paul Jewell had named an unchanged side from the team that beat Coventry last weekend, with the substitute's bench also remaining the same.

Town made a bright start to the game and Daryl Murphy went close with the first chance of the game, but the Celtic loanee headed over following a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas cross after seven minutes.

Blues were again on the attack shortly after and Andy Drury played a neat ball through to Lee Martin, but the winger couldn't quite get the ball under control in the penalty area and Middlesbrough skipper Rhys Williams was able to clear the danger.

Emmanuel-Thomas, who went into the game having scored three goals in his last two appearances, was looking bright and he tricked his way past a couple of defenders before firing in an effort that hit the side-netting after 15 minutes.

The visitors were yet to threaten the Town goal but were defending well, although they were indebted to the crossbar after 20 minutes, after Murphy saw his effort from the edge of the box thud back off the underside of the bar following good work from Martin.

Despite having little to do in the Town goal, 'keeper Arran Lee-Barrett did well to push away a Tony McMahon corner under pressure from a number of Boro attackers.

But shortly after, with continuous meetings with his fourth official on the sidelines, referee Dean Whitestone decided the best action was to abandon the game after 38 minutes.

The Club will have details of the rearranged fixture on the Club website as soon as possible.

Town are next in action on Tuesday night, taking on Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Town: Lee-Barrett, Edwards, Sonko (Delaney 33), Smith, Cresswell, Emmanuel-Thomas, Hyam, Drury, Murphy, Martin, Chopra. Subs not used: McCarthy, Bullard, Leadbitter, Scotland.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Williams, Hines, Bennett, Thomson, McMahon, Arca, Emnes, Main, Jutkiewicz. Subs not used: Ripley, Ogbeche, Halliday, Williams, Smallwood.

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