City's season Fizzles Out as players think Holiday!
Middlesbrough 2-1 Man City Back to Main Page
Massimo Maccarone fired Boro into the lead when his sliced cross beat keeper David James, and Joseph-Desire Job set up an easy second for Szilard Nemeth.
Paulo Wanchope gave City hope when he collected a pass from Paul Bosvelt, turned and shot into the bottom corner.
City had a possible equaliser ruled out for a foul on keeper Mark Schwarzer.
City boss Kevin Keegan knew only a mathematical miracle could send his side down, and was keen to chase the extra cash which comes with finishing higher up in the table.
But the visitors found themselves behind after just eight minutes.
Maccarone picked up a pass from Boudewijn Zenden, tricked his way past Richard Dunne and sliced the ball in at the near post as he tried to drive a cross towards Nemeth.
But, having struggled to muster an attack for the first half hour, City suddenly found themselves back in the game.
Wanchope received the ball from Bosvelt, tricked his way past Danny Mills and placed his shot inside the far post.
City thought they had levelled it but referee Mike Riley decided Schwarzer had been fouled as he jumped for a Shuan Wright-Phillips cross.
At the other end, James kept out a shot from Maccarone, and Ugo Ehiogu shot into the side-netting after a scramble at a corner.
City almost levelled after the break when Ehiogu was dispossessed by Claudio Reyna, but a deflection off Mills' shins stopped the ball falling to Nicolas Anelka.
Nemeth drove straight at James and wasted another chance after a speedy break down the middle.
Wanchope showed great skill to carve out a shooting chance, but his final contact to be feeble, and Anelka fired into the crowd with a turn and shot.
Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Mills, Ehiogu, Queudrue, Zenden,
Mendieta, Boateng, Greening, Nemeth, Job, Maccarone (Downing 63).
Man City: James, Jihai, Distin, Dunne, Tarnat, Wright-Phillips,
Barton, Bosvelt (Sibierski 61), Reyna, Anelka (Macken 74), Wanchope (Elliott
Referee: M Riley (W Yorkshire). Back to Main Page