Jonjo Shelvey scored his fifth goal in four games to help Blackpool to a hard-earned point at Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough's Scott McDonald headed home from Barry Robson's cross before Ludo Sylvestre levelled from 15 yards in the 21st minute.

Goalkeeper Matthew Gilks impressed with a double save from Marvin Emnes and McDonald before the latter re-established Middlesbrough's lead.

Shelvey's 10-yard shot secured the point 12 minutes from time.

Middlesbrough are now unbeaten in 16 home matches, but they will rue a missed opportunity to secure a third successive home win for the first time in two years.

Boro controlled much of the game but a brilliant display from Blackpool keeper Gilks was a defining factor in Tony Mowbray's side slipping three points behind West Ham, who hold the second automatic promotion spot.

Middlesbrough fielded an unchanged side, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher returned to the Blackpool attack in the unexpected absence of Lomana LuaLua from the squad.

Blackpool were clinical in their responses to Middlesbrough's domination, showing a spirit that will have pleased manager Ian Holloway.

He will be satisfied too that it was Matt Phillips, returning from a loan spell at Sheffield United, who found Shelvey with a penetrating cross.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Bates
  • 06 McManus
  • 14 Williams (Nimely - 77' )
  • 29 McMahon
  • 05 Zemmama (Haroun - 84' )
  • 10 Bailey Booked
  • 17 Robson
  • 07 McDonald (Ogbeche - 83' )
  • 09 Emnes

Substitutes

  • 18 Arca
  • 22 Martin
  • 38 Haroun
  • 16 Ogbeche
  • 26 Nimely

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 06 Evatt
  • 15 Baptiste Booked
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 04 Southern
  • 14 Sylvestre (Clarke - 75' )
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 37 Shelvey
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (M Phillips - 65' )
  • 39 McManaman (K Phillips - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Basham
  • 23 M Phillips
  • 31 Angel
  • 07 Clarke
  • 09 K Phillips
Ref: Coote
Att: 18,128

Match Stats

Shots

15 10

On target

9 5

Corners

9 5

Fouls

8 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:19 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +2:51

Shot from just outside the box by Stephen McManus misses to the left of the target.

90:00 +2:01

Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.

90:00 +1:34

Billy Clarke crosses the ball, blocked by Tony McMahon.

90:00 +0:20

Matt Phillips crosses the ball, Billy Clarke produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

88:57 Booking

Booking Nicky Bailey is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:41

Nicky Bailey challenges Barry Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

87:18

The ball is crossed by Alex Nimely, save made by Matthew Gilks.

86:28

A cross is delivered by Billy Clarke, blocked by Bart Ogbeche.

86:02

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Billy Clarke.

85:36

Corner taken right-footed by Billy Clarke, clearance by Matthew Bates.

85:12

Jonjo Shelvey takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Bailey.

82:53 Substitution

Substitution Faris Haroun is brought on as a substitute for Merouane Zemmama.

82:53 Substitution

Substitution Bart Ogbeche on for Scott McDonald.

81:08

Unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Jonjo Shelvey results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson, Matthew Gilks makes a save.

80:36

Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson, clearance made by Billy Clarke.

80:20

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Jonjo Shelvey gets a block in.

77:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonjo Shelvey - Middlesbro 2 - 2 Blackpool Jonjo Shelvey finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-2 Blackpool.

76:25 Substitution

Substitution Alex Nimely joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rhys Williams.

75:35

Marvin Emnes is ruled offside. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

74:00

Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

74:00 Substitution

Substitution Ludovic Sylvestre goes off and Billy Clarke comes on.

74:00

Jonjo Shelvey concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott McDonald.

72:39

Assist by Rhys Williams.

72:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McDonald - Middlesbro 2 - 1 Blackpool Scott McDonald fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-1 Blackpool.

72:27

Rhys Williams sends in a cross,

71:56

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line, clearance by Ludovic Sylvestre.

70:33 Substitution

Substitution Callum McManaman leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Phillips.

69:40

Matt Phillips crosses the ball.

69:01

Unfair challenge on Matthew Gilks by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

68:36

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

68:17

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

67:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tony McMahon. Direct free kick taken by Keith Southern.

66:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Merouane Zemmama. Direct free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

65:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rhys Williams on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

64:35 Substitution

Substitution Matt Phillips joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

64:05

Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Ian Evatt misses to the right of the goal.

63:46

Inswinging corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.

63:22

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

62:48

Centre by Tony McMahon.

62:36

The ball is swung over by Marvin Emnes, Matthew Gilks makes a save.

61:27

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Robson.

60:42

Callum McManaman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Free kick crossed by Merouane Zemmama, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.

60:21

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon.

59:07

Merouane Zemmama has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

58:31

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Stephen Crainey.

58:18

Tony McMahon delivers the ball, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

57:59

The ball is crossed by Rhys Williams, Matthew Gilks makes a save.

57:15

A cross is delivered by Barry Robson.

56:46

Tony McMahon takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Southern makes a clearance.

56:41

Marvin Emnes delivers the ball, blocked by Craig Cathcart.

56:34

The ball is sent over by Merouane Zemmama.

54:58

Marvin Emnes is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

54:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Joe Bennett. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

53:42

The ball is swung over by Marvin Emnes, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

53:27

The ball is delivered by Barry Robson, clearance made by Keith Southern.

53:03

Unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the direct free kick.

50:29

The referee gives a free kick against Gary Taylor-Fletcher for handball. Direct free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.

46:03

The ball is swung over by Ludovic Sylvestre, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Keith Southern misses to the left of the goal.

45:46

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +0:51

The offside flag is raised against Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

44:22

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

41:39

Gary Taylor-Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Steele. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

40:50

Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.

38:19

Outswinging corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Craig Cathcart goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

37:33

Callum McManaman has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

35:56

Merouane Zemmama sends in a cross, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Barry Robson goes wide right of the goal.

35:37

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

34:00

Joe Bennett sends in a cross, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.

33:35

Merouane Zemmama takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.

32:59

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Ludovic Sylvestre.

32:42

Merouane Zemmama takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Ferguson.

31:23

Scott McDonald is caught offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

30:45

Shot from deep inside the area by Barry Robson clears the crossbar.

30:24

Merouane Zemmama sends in a cross, save by Matthew Gilks.

29:55

Scott McDonald sends in a cross, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

28:11

Joe Bennett takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

26:53

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Barry Robson. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

24:43

Scott McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

22:26

Merouane Zemmama produces a cross, save made by Matthew Gilks.

21:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Baptiste on Marvin Emnes. Tony McMahon crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Matthew Gilks.

20:34

Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.

20:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Ludovic Sylvestre - Middlesbro 1 - 1 Blackpool Ludovic Sylvestre fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-1 Blackpool.

19:29

Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Scott McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

19:23

A cross is delivered by Marvin Emnes, blocked by Craig Cathcart.

18:02

Merouane Zemmama delivers the ball, save by Matthew Gilks.

16:33

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Rhys Williams fouled by Ian Evatt, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

16:22

Callum McManaman delivers the ball, clearance by Joe Bennett.

15:01

The ball is swung over by Barry Robson,

14:47

Barry Robson provided the assist for the goal.

14:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott McDonald - Middlesbro 1 - 0 Blackpool Scott McDonald finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Middlesbrough 1-0 Blackpool.

10:27

The ball is swung over by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

10:07

Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

9:56

The official flags Callum McManaman offside. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

9:16

Merouane Zemmama takes the direct free kick.

9:16 Booking

Booking Alex Baptiste shown a yellow card.

8:32

Alex Baptiste challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick.

8:12

Stephen McManus produces a header from deep inside the area and strikes the post.

7:21

Ludovic Sylvestre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.

5:49

The ball is crossed by Barry Robson.

4:10

The ball is crossed by Barry Robson.

3:33

Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

2:27

Merouane Zemmama concedes a free kick for a foul on Ludovic Sylvestre. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

2:13

Joe Bennett delivers the ball, Matthew Gilks makes a save.

1:40

Foul by Ian Evatt on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Merouane Zemmama takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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