Last Updated: 21/03/09 4:56pm
And that's it! Stoke have snatched it at the death thanks to a Ryan Shawcross header with six minutes to go. 1-0.
Downing fires in another hopeful ball with a superbly weighted effort, but Tuncay falls to the floor rather than trying to launch himself at it.
So close to getting the equaliser, Downing checks inside on his left foot as he plants a cross into the path of Alves but the ball is just too high and goes past the post.
A scare for Stoke City as the ball bobbles around in their box and Tuncay goes down looking for a pen, nothing given.
A carbon copy of the first throw from Delap finds Beattie as Boro scramble to clear and manage to do so as Jones collects.
GOAL SHAWCROSS!!! Delap launches a throw into the box and Shawcross directs his beautiful header into the far corner of Jones' far post.
Sidibe is warming up for Stoke as Boro's O'Neil finds Taylor on the left hand side's edge of the box, he strikes the ball but with no real power to trouble Sorensen as the big Dane goes down to collect.
A mis-placed pass from Delap finds O'Neil who launches a ball into the path of Alves but the ball just wouldn't come down for thew Brazilian as Stoke tidy up once more.
Brilliant skill from Tuncay to bring the ball down in the box with his back to goal. He fizzes a ball into Alves who tries to turn and shoot but another Stoke block.
O'Neil latches onto a throughball, tries to jink passed a few players and finds Shawky who tries an ambitious effort which cannons off a Stoke player.
Jones is flapping from a Stoke corner and the ball goes back to Lawrence on the edge of the box from the right to force a throw-in.
Lawrence's determined run into the box chips a great ball to the backpost and Beattie rises highest but header over - best chance so far.
Alves is looking lively upfront, he's failing to get those killer balls into his path so has taken to chasing the ball down himself and trying to create something out of very little that Boro are offering.
Huth brings down Fuller 30 yards out for the freekick. Shawcross has a free header in the box with the goal at his mercy but fires straight into the arms of the keeper, great chance!
Four v three sees Tuncay striding into the Stoke box with the angle in his favour but the striker pulls his shot wide.
A corner bounces off the feet of Huth to Shawky on the edge of the box but another poor effort goes over.
Superb noise around the Britannia Stadium - the Stoke faithful still have hope of a sneaky win, but the Boro fans are giving it some too.
More hopeful passes into the Boro box come to nothing as the away side try to slow the game down and get the ball on the deck.
Delap strides into Boro's half and with players either side of him he goes for the ambitious strike firing wide.
Fuller gets away from Shawky in the middle of the half, glides into the final third and strikes - but fires well over the bar.
The game's finally looking like there will be an opener - somebody just needs that little bit of luck.
Downing's near post outswinging corner finds Tuncay, his header gets a nick off a Stoke player for a throw in.
Yellow for Beattie for the earlier rash tackle on Taylor as Boro take the corner. Shawky's eventual strike is deflected for another corner.
Delap plays a ball down the right to Beattie, who loses it out to Taylor and lashes out, play is waved on and O'Neil has it on the edge of the box - great effort but even better save.
Fuller looks busy in the box and gets the right side of Pogatetz after a great flick-on from Beattie, the striker goes down but play is waved on.
With Downing back on the left, he and O'Neil are linking up well but there's a lack of a killer ball at the moment.
After a melee in the box, Downing attempts to spread the ball to the right from his left flank position but plays the ball out.
Etherington's first effort to cross from the left sees Stoke with a corner - or should I say Delap throw in!
Wheater and Fuller continue to battle in the air and the defender comes off the winner in the latest 50-50 challenge.
Huth has a chance to bring the ball down in the box but gets too giddy and seems to hesitate giving time for Shawcross to clear.
Shawcross lumps a lofted ball into the box, an offside Fuller tries to challenge for it and clatters Jones in the process.
Very little controlled possession in this second-half from either side. Stoke have a freekick just past the half-way line but fail to make the keeper work.
Stoke fan Keith is going for a Beattie and Fuller combination to beat Boro 2-1, keep those emails coming in.
Kelly gets his first touch as he launches the ball upfield. Stoke have been struggling to keep the ball in this game but are pressurising well.
The teams are out as Boro kick off. On-loan Stephen Kelly comes on for Stoke for Andy Wilkinson, who has a back problem, in a like-for-like swap.
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The first-half ends with few chances from either side. James Beattie could've opened the scoring early on with a toe-poke into the far corner but Jones parried. Tony McMahon then had a free header but fired it straight into the arms of Sorensen. Tuncay later on flashed a powerful effort over the bar. 0-0
Ironic cheers go around Britannia Stadium as Shawky gives away a freekick, he was lucky not to go into the ref's book.
Suspicion of handball in the centre circle as Lawrence charges it down. The freekick finds Huth in an unfamiliar right wing role, he chests the ball down and turns going for glory but fires well wide.
McMahon goes down under a Higginbotham challenge pretty easily for a freekick down the right flank 30 yards out.
The Stoke faithful are desperate to see their players put together a few passes but everytime the Potters get the ball they're looking to release it and Boro are tidying up.
Downing falls under a challenge for a freekick a good 30 yards out. O'Neil chips into the box towards the backpost but it evades Huth and goes out.
Boro are enjoying more possession at the moment and are trying to slow the game down - not to the enjoyment of the stadium though as whistles and boos greet every pass.
Clever little back heel from McMahon sees Downing unmarked down the right, he tries to whip in a first time cross but Sorensen gathers in the air.
The game's opening out a little more now but still there's sloppy passes in the final third when there needs to be that little bit of quality to make the difference.
After lengthy treatment on the pitch, Shawky goes off for the time being and Stoke latch onto a Boro loose ball as Lawrence aims to release Fuller but puts too much pace on the throughball.
Whelan goes into the book for a mistimed tackle on Shawky. The Boro man goes down and received treatment after an awkward fall.
Strange freekick that followed... a sloppy lay-off sees the freekick rushed as everyone seemed to stop in the area, thankfully for Boro fans Jones collected the freekick before a Stoke head got to it.
Meaty challenge from Wheater as he brings down Beattie 25 yards out on the left hand side. Good chance for an inswinger here.
Some Boro fans think Tuncay has the opener as he cuts inside from the left and curls a superb effort just over the bar and onto the top of the net, very close indeedy!
Huth goes down buying the foul from Fuller who he claims elbowed him in the face - harsh decision but Fuller gets a yellow card for his troubles.
Stoke fan Reg is hopeful of a sneaky win or a 1-1 at worst whereas Christian, from Norway, and Paul are predicting Boro wins.
Delap has another long throw - this time towards the near post, King manages to get the last touch to it for the corner
Boro push forward and Tuncay looks dangerous as he jinks around the box but can't find a decent yard for a strike
Stoke seem to be taking this game to Boro as the Potters keep trying to feed Fuller with long balls.
Robert Huth is having a torrid time marking Fuller who gets a push in the box but stays on his feet and as he nears the byline, the big defender makes sure and pushes him over for the freekick
Delap goes up in his own box after a deep Boro cross and forces the freekick to relieve some pressure after McMahon's back post foul.
The game looks to be unfolding as Boro keep pushing forward for the opener and Stoke are trying to catch them out on the break
Pogatetz goes in for one of his usual crunching tackles, handballs it and gets a yellow card for his troubles.
Close call, Tuncay was released on the break and found him one-on-one with the 'keeper - but was deemed offside, debatable.
Fuller appeals for a freekick on the edge of the box as he lifted the ball over Huth's head, and went down under the challenge of the defender - nothing given.
King peels off down the right to float in a deep cross, the ball falls to Taylor who whips in another cross to McMahon - but he heads straight into the arms of Sorensen.
Scrappy start but exciting stuff as Whelan puts a delightful ball in behind the Boro defence but Lawrence's first touch in the box is too heavy - looks like he was offside anyway.
Fuller, who is still nursing a shoulder injury, goes down from the earlier Pogatetz header but manages to get back on his feet after some treatment.
Delap takes the long throw, after good pressure from Fuller, the ball falls to Beattie from a Pogatetz header and the striker tries to poke it past Jones but great save for the corner.
The game's started fast and furious with Boro looking for Downing every time they have the ball. Vanessa reckons the away side will just scrape a 2-1 win - keep those thoughts coming in.
First long throw of the day from Delap but he plays it back and Faye loses out, King latches onto it to break but Shawcross tidies up at the back.
Over the tannoy blares Eminem's Lose Yourself setting the scene for a tense atmosphere as anxiety races all around the Britannia Stadium - the fans know how crucial today's game is - even I'm a little nervous!
Danny is the first to email in predicting a 3-0 victory to The Potters, but what do the Boro fans reckon? Email in and I'll whack the best ones on here...
Welcome to today's six-pointer live from the Britannia Stadium as Stoke take on Middlesbrough. With both sides desperate for a win to lift them out of the relegation zone both managers look to have fielded their strongest possible starting XI. How do you think the game will go and what do you think of the selections? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.