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Late equaliser ruins Middlesbrough’s chance of three points.

Stoke City 2-2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough travelled down to Stoke in the hopes of picking up their first three points of the season.

But in the 19th minute, it was Stoke who took the lead, quite controversially. Jordan Thompson appeared to have fouled Isaiah Jones when getting possession back, but the referee played on and Stoke countered. Dwight Gayle ran through on goal before cutting it across the box for Jacob Brown to slot it home.

Middlesbrough found an equaliser in the 38th minute, when a low cross from Isaiah Jones was neatly tapped in at the near post by Duncan Watmore.

The sides went into the changing room at half time with the score line at one a piece.

Middlesbrough were the better side after half time, and took the lead in the 63rd minute when a brilliant cross from Ryan Giles was turned into his own net by Phil Jagielka, while under pressure from Watmore.

Middlesbrough sat back in hopes of seeing out the game, but in the 91st minute, a cross from Lewis Baker found the diving head of substitute D’Margio Wright-Phillips to earn Stoke a late point.

It was a very disappointing result for Chris Wilder’s side, who are still looking for their first win of the season. But Middlesbrough did play well, and with a few new possible additions over the next week, could be back to where they belong soon enough.

The point sees Middlesbrough drop to 20th in the table, and Stoke also drop to 18th.

Middlesbrough travel to Berkshire on Saturday to face Reading, who are coming off the back of a very impressive 3-0 win over Blackburn, whilst Stoke play hosts to newly promoted Sunderland.

Stoke Lineup (3-5-2): Bursik, Taylor, Jagielka, Wilmot, Fosu (Sparrow 78’), Smallbone (Campbell 70’), Baker, Clucas (Kilkenny 74’), Thompson, Gayle (Wright-Phillips (78’), Brown

Middlesbrough Lineup (3-5-2): Steffen, Dijksteel, Lenihan, Bola, Jones, McNair, Howson, Howson, Mowatt, Giles, McGree (Crooks 83’), Watmore (Forss 71’)

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