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Stoke 2-2 Middlesbrough: D’Margio Wright-Phillips heads late leveller

D'Margio Wright-Phillips' celebration was even better than the goal itself
D’Margio Wright-Phillips’ celebration was even better than the goal itself

Stoke City substitute D’Margio Wright-Phillips dived to head a superb 91st-minute equaliser to rescue a point for the Potters and deny Middlesbrough a first win of the season.

After going a goal down to Jacob Brown’s strike, Duncan Watmore turned it round for Boro with his first strike of the season seven minutes before the break, then forcing the error that brought his side’s second.

But, just 13 minutes after coming on, Wright-Phillips evaded his markers to meet skipper Lewis Baker’s teasing right-foot cross and go full length to head home unattended from eight yards out.

Stoke went ahead on 19 minutes when Dwight Gayle made a quick break and had the presence of mind to look up and pick out Brown, whose right-foot shot found the bottom-right corner.

Jacob Brown, Stoke's 14-goal top scorer last season, has now netted in successive home games this time around
Jacob Brown (right), Stoke’s 14-goal top scorer last season, has now netted in successive home games this time around

Gayle then thought he had added a second, only for Boro to be reprieved for a foul on keeper Zach Steffen.

Gayle’s second disallowed goal in as many games then proved costly when, on 38 minutes, Isaiah Jones curled over a low right-foot cross from the right touchline, which Watmore met with a neat near-post finish.

Then, on 63 minutes, Boro hit the front when Paddy McNair put over a teasing ball from the left.

Watmore and Phil Jagielka met it together at the near post – but the Stoke defender was credited with the final touch for an own goal.

That looked it for Stoke, but Wright-Phillips had the final word – and the celebration to match, a series of somersaults that would not have looked out of place at the World Gymnastics Championships.

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Bursik
  • 32Taylor
  • 6Jagielka
  • 16Wilmot
  • 24Fosu-HenrySubstituted forSparrowat 78′minutes
  • 18SmallboneSubstituted forCampbellat 70′minutes
  • 8BakerBooked at 51mins
  • 7ClucasSubstituted forKilkennyat 74′minutes
  • 15Thompson
  • 11GayleSubstituted forWright-Phillipsat 78′minutes
  • 9BrownBooked at 41mins

Substitutes

  • 3Fox
  • 4Flint
  • 10Campbell
  • 13Bonham
  • 22Kilkenny
  • 29Wright-Phillips
  • 39Sparrow

Middlesbrough

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Steffen
  • 15DijksteelBooked at 90mins
  • 26Lenihan
  • 27Bola
  • 2Jones
  • 17McNair
  • 16Howson
  • 4Mowatt
  • 3Giles
  • 8McGreeSubstituted forCrooksat 83′minutes
  • 18WatmoreSubstituted forForssat 71′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Fry
  • 13Hoppe
  • 14Smith
  • 21Forss
  • 23Roberts
  • 25Crooks
  • 31Finch

Referee:
Michael Salisbury

Attendance:
18,345

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