Middlesbrough fought back from two goals down against Bournemouth to lead, before conceding a late equaliser.

Brett Pitman put the Cherries in front from the spot after Tokelo Rantie was fouled, and converted a second penalty when Frazer Richardson handled.

Kei Kamara bundled home before Mustapha Carayol levelled with a 25-yard strike.

Grant Leadbitter's angled drive put the hosts ahead but Bournemouth equalised via Jonathan Woodgate's own goal before Boro's Rhys Williams was sent off.

Middlesbrough, seeking only their second win of the season and their first at home, were chasing the game from the fourth minute when Williams fouled Rantie inside the area and Pitman smashed the resultant penalty down the middle.

Boro held again

Middlesbrough have drawn five of their last six Championship games. They have not won in seven games and are still hunting a first league maximum of the season at the Riverside

Pitman doubled the visitors' advantage minutes later, scoring from the penalty spot again following Richardson's hand-ball.

Middlesbrough fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst at that stage, but the hosts grabbed a lifeline when Kamara - making his home debut - poked a shot against the Bournemouth goalkeeper before stabbing in the rebound.

Kamara was denied a second soon after when his header was blocked by Tommy Elphick but a deserved equaliser did arrive midway through the first half as Carayol cut in from the right and sent a long-range strike into the net.

Boro pushed on in search of a winner as Carayol fired over at the far post, before defender Williams headed wide.

Leadbitter was the next to send a header wide but as the game entered the closing stages the former Sunderland midfielder put Middlesbrough ahead, drilling a low effort into the net from inside the box.

However, Bournemouth levelled late on when Elliot Ward's shot was directed into his own net by Woodgate.

Middlesbrough were reduced to 10 men with just five minutes left as Williams was shown a red card after he pulled back Wes Thomas, but they managed to hold on for a point.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray said:

"We can't keep conceding goals. You can't give away three goals at home and expect to win. That's eight in three games now and that is far too many.

"We actually did very well to come from two down to get into a winning position playing some very good football but then we have shot ourselves in the foot."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"It was an excellent performance. I'm certainly not going to complain about losing the early lead because Middlesbrough are a good footballing side and we knew it would be hard and that anything we got here would be a bonus.

"We got a great start and they came back into it and we showed great character after they got back into it.

"We had to change shape a few times, first to get back into it after they went ahead and then again to shut up shop, and I was delighted at the way they applied themselves and did their jobs."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Friend
  • 04 Williams Dismissed
  • 05 Richardson
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked
  • 18 Whitehead (Varga - 90' )
  • 19 Carayol (Gibson - 87' )
  • 27 Adomah (Jutkiewicz - 90' )
  • 29 Kamara Booked

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 22 Gibson
  • 08 Varga
  • 16 Halliday
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 09 Jutkiewicz

Bournemouth

  • 01 Allsop Booked
  • 02 Francis
  • 03 Cook Booked
  • 05 Elphick
  • 07 Pugh Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 10 Pitman
  • 26 Hughes (MacDonald - 76' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 09 Grabban
  • 28 Rantie (Thomas - 60' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Flahavan
  • 14 Harte
  • 24 Addison
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 17 McQuoid
  • 23 McDermott
  • 15 Thomas
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 13,617

Match Stats

Shots

20 7

On target

6 0

Corners

3 5

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +8:20 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +8:15

Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +8:06

Steve Cook makes a clearance.

90:00 +7:40

Grant Leadbitter booked for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +7:40 Booking

Booking

90:00 +7:07

Foul by Grant Leadbitter on Lewis Grabban, free kick awarded.

90:00 +6:33

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

90:00 +6:09

Kei Kamara produces a cross.

90:00 +6:07

Simon Francis manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +6:06

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

90:00 +5:48

Header at goal by Kei Kamara. Ryan Allsop parries the effort to safety.

90:00 +5:07

Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

90:00 +4:48

Clearance by Lewis Grabban.

90:00 +4:28

Steve Cook goes into the book.

90:00 +4:28 Booking

Booking

90:00 +4:25

Kei Kamara booked.

90:00 +4:25 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:59

Ryan Allsop is shown a yellow card for time wasting.

90:00 +2:59 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:32

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:55

Clearance made by Jozsef Varga.

90:00 +1:55

The ball is sent over by Simon Francis.

90:00 +1:40

Frazer Richardson manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:36

A cross is delivered by Simon Francis.

90:00 +1:21

George Friend manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:16

Lewis Grabban delivers the ball.

90:00 +1:07

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Woodgate.

90:00 +0:54

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:24

Clearance made by Simon Francis.

89:53

Clearance made by Simon Francis.

89:37

Steve Cook makes a clearance.

89:19 Substitution

Substitution Jozsef Varga joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dean Whitehead.

89:09 Substitution

Substitution Albert Adomah goes off and Lukas Jutkiewicz comes on.

88:39

Elliott Ward makes a clearance.

87:29

Brett Pitman shoots direct from the free kick and goes right of the target.

86:41 Substitution

Substitution Ben Gibson is brought on as a substitute for Mustapha Carayol.

85:01

Rhys Williams sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.

85:01 Dismissal

Dismissal

84:48

Unfair challenge on Wes Thomas by Rhys Williams results in a free kick.

83:53

Shot by Kei Kamara missed to the right of the target.

83:48

The ball is sent over by Dean Whitehead.

82:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Jonathan Woodgate - Middlesbro 3 - 3 Bournemouth An own goal is scored by Jonathan Woodgate. Middlesbrough 3-3 Bournemouth.

82:27

Albert Adomah makes a clearance.

82:03

Clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate.

82:00

Corner taken by Brett Pitman.

81:42

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

80:35

Shaun MacDonald takes the free kick.

80:29

Jacob Butterfield challenges Shaun MacDonald unfairly and gives away a free kick.

80:16

Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

79:40

Header at goal by Tommy Elphick goes over the frame of the goal.

79:37

Marc Pugh sends in a cross.

79:24

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

79:21

Corner from the right by-line taken by Brett Pitman.

79:04

The ball is crossed by Lewis Grabban.

79:04

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

77:09

Frazer Richardson makes a clearance.

76:51

Clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate.

76:51

A cross is delivered by Simon Francis.

75:17 Substitution

Substitution Shaun MacDonald on for Richard Hughes.

74:04

Assist on the goal came from Kei Kamara.

74:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Grant Leadbitter - Middlesbro 3 - 2 Bournemouth Grant Leadbitter slots the ball left footed into the goal. Middlesbrough 3-2 Bournemouth.

73:07

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Carayol.

72:24

Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

71:55

The referee blows for offside against Wes Thomas.

71:49

Clearance by Albert Adomah.

71:46

George Friend makes a clearance.

71:42

Rhys Williams manages to make a clearance.

71:33

Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

71:00

The referee blows for offside.

70:13

Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball.

70:04

Mustapha Carayol decides to take a short corner.

69:33

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

69:30

A cross is delivered by Mustapha Carayol.

68:46

Grant Leadbitter takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

68:46

Clearance by Tommy Elphick.

68:08

Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

68:02

Mustapha Carayol produces a cross.

67:57

Jacob Butterfield takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ryan Allsop fumbles the ball.

67:44

Jacob Butterfield has an effort at goal. Richard Hughes gets a block in.

67:03

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

67:02

Albert Adomah produces a cross.

66:10

Jason Steele takes the free kick.

65:40 Booking

Booking

65:40

The referee cautions Marc Pugh for dissent.

65:19

Grant Leadbitter fouled by Marc Pugh, the ref awards a free kick.

64:50

Albert Adomah has an effort at goal. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

64:06

Dean Whitehead takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.

64:00

Clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

63:59

Grant Leadbitter restarts play with the free kick.

63:14

Foul by Lewis Grabban on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded.

63:06

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

63:03

The ball is swung over by Albert Adomah.

63:01

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

62:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Francis on Albert Adomah.

62:49

George Friend delivers the ball.

62:47

Eunan O'Kane makes a clearance.

62:32

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball.

62:32

Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

62:26

Clearance made by Marc Pugh.

61:12

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross.

61:01

The ball is sent over by Grant Leadbitter.

61:01

Clearance by Simon Francis.

60:18

Elliott Ward takes the free kick.

60:03

Foul by Dean Whitehead on Marc Pugh, free kick awarded.

59:40 Substitution

Substitution Tokelo Rantie leaves the field to be replaced by Wes Thomas.

57:41

Clearance made by Simon Francis.

57:40

Centre by Frazer Richardson.

57:01

Jacob Butterfield manages to make a clearance.

54:51

Header by Rhys Williams misses left.

54:47

Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

54:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Lewis Grabban.

53:30

Simon Francis sends in a cross.

53:09

Clearance by Elliott Ward.

52:54

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

52:50

Brett Pitman restarts play with the free kick.

52:34

Grant Leadbitter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane.

51:56

Clearance made by George Friend.

50:43

Shot by Mustapha Carayol went over the crossbar.

50:37

George Friend delivers the ball.

50:11

Clearance by Tommy Elphick.

50:08

Free kick taken by Jacob Butterfield.

49:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kei Kamara by Elliott Ward.

47:32

Ryan Allsop takes the free kick.

47:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Cook by Frazer Richardson.

45:44

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

45:01

The referee blows the whistle to start the second half.

45:00 +3:07 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +2:52

Clearance by Richard Hughes.

45:00 +2:29

Kei Kamara takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Mustapha Carayol has an effort at goal. Blocked by Elliott Ward. Elliott Ward gets a block in.

45:00 +2:13

Jacob Butterfield has an effort at goal. Blocked by Elliott Ward.

45:00 +1:52

Jacob Butterfield takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:47

Unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Richard Hughes results in a free kick.

45:00 +1:11

Clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

45:00 +0:24

Richard Hughes takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

44:32

Clearance made by Dean Whitehead.

44:01

Tokelo Rantie takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.

42:44

Corner taken by Brett Pitman.

42:31

Tokelo Rantie takes the chance to get an effort at goal. George Friend gets a block in.

42:15

Richard Hughes produces a cross.

41:47

Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

41:07

Foul by George Friend on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded.

40:52

Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

40:41

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Albert Adomah by Elliott Ward.

39:37

Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

39:04

Free kick taken by Simon Francis.

39:00

George Friend challenges Simon Francis unfairly and gives away a free kick.

38:39

The ball is crossed by Lewis Grabban.

36:06

Frazer Richardson produces a cross.

33:49

The ball is delivered by Frazer Richardson.

31:55

Assist by Jacob Butterfield.

31:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Mustapha Carayol - Middlesbro 2 - 2 Bournemouth Mustapha Carayol grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Middlesbrough 2-2 Bournemouth.

31:33

Clearance by Simon Francis.

31:30

The ball is sent over by George Friend.

30:59

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

30:37

Jonathan Woodgate makes a clearance.

29:59

The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson.

29:30

Eunan O'Kane makes a clearance.

28:51

Header by Kei Kamara goes harmlessly over the bar.

28:23

Handball by Marc Pugh.

28:45

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:54

The ball is swung over by Mustapha Carayol.

27:45

Centre by Jacob Butterfield.

27:45

Clearance by Steve Cook.

27:42

Clearance by Elliott Ward.

26:35

Ryan Allsop restarts play with the free kick.

26:14

Unfair challenge on Steve Cook by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick.

25:58

Corner taken by Jacob Butterfield.

25:40

Clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

25:33

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

25:00

Simon Francis challenges George Friend unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:20

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

22:15

Shot by Albert Adomah. Elliott Ward gets a block in.

21:45

Marc Pugh takes the free kick.

21:32

Marc Pugh fouled by Frazer Richardson, the ref awards a free kick.

19:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Kei Kamara - Middlesbro 1 - 2 Bournemouth Kei Kamara grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Middlesbrough 1-2 Bournemouth.

18:55

Albert Adomah takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

18:51

Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

18:43

Centre by George Friend.

17:41

Jonathan Woodgate manages to make a clearance.

17:08

Shot by Mustapha Carayol went harmlessly over the bar.

16:29

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

15:27

Elliott Ward takes a shot and went wide of the right hand upright.

15:17

The ball is swung over by Marc Pugh.

15:17

Clearance by Kei Kamara.

15:09

Richard Hughes decides to take the corner short.

14:42

The ball is crossed by Marc Pugh.

14:41

Clearance made by Dean Whitehead.

13:23

The ball is sent over by Mustapha Carayol.

11:28 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Middlesbro 0 - 2 Bournemouth Penalty taken right-footed by Brett Pitman and scored. Middlesbrough 0-2 Bournemouth.

10:45

The referee gives a against Frazer Richardson for handball.

10:40

Brett Pitman produces a cross.

10:31

Clearance by Rhys Williams.

10:28

Corner taken by Brett Pitman.

10:05

Clearance made by George Friend.

10:03

The ball is delivered by Marc Pugh.

7:37

Jacob Butterfield takes a shot. A parry by Ryan Allsop prevents the goal.

7:25

Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

7:22

Frazer Richardson crosses the ball.

5:07

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball in from the free kick.

4:57

Unfair challenge on George Friend by Lewis Grabban results in a free kick.

4:47

Clearance made by Simon Francis.

4:45

Simon Francis makes a clearance.

4:41

The ball is delivered by Mustapha Carayol.

3:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Middlesbro 0 - 1 Bournemouth Brett Pitman scores a penalty. Middlesbrough 0-1 Bournemouth.

2:54

Tokelo Rantie fouled by Rhys Williams, the ref awards a Penalty.

0:30

Mustapha Carayol sends in a cross.

0:13

Clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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