ASSOMBALONGA, BESIC REACT
SHEFF WED 1-2 MIDDLESBROUGH
FULL-TIME! What a second half we've just witnessed! A poor quality first half made way for a second period which was quite the opposite. Goals from Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga put Tony Pulis' side two goals ahead before Adam Reach pulled one with with a stunning effort to set up a nervy finale.
Stay tuned for a full report, highlights and reaction.
90+5: FOUL! Crazy scenes at the end here as Dani Ayala gets down on the goalline with some desperate defending to deny the Owls. A huge melee at the end!
90+3: FOUL! Fletcher challenges for a high ball into the area and is adjudged to foul Randolph, who manages to muster a weak punch away from danger. A little harsh, suggests the replay.
90+2: SUB! The superb Mo Besic makes way for Danny Batth as Tony Pulis looks to shore up the backline in the dying embers of this game...
90+1: We're into FIVE added minutes here at Hillsborough and the atmosphere is electric!
90: WIDE! Besic has the chance to put the game to bed once and for all but he drags his powerful low effort the wrong side of the left-hand post.
88: YELLOW! Pelupessy is in the wars again after a clash with George Friend this time. The Boro man escapes with a booking for persistent fouling.
87: We're in for a grandstand finish here, it seems. It's all Wednesday now, though a foul by Pelupessy on Saville allows the visitors to capture their breath.
85: SUB! George Saville was left out of the starting 11 after his exploits with Northern Ireland in midweek, but he's on for some minutes here as he replaces Stewart Downing.
GOAL! SHEFF WED 1-2 MIDDLESBROUGH (Reach, 82)
This man just doesn't score regular goals! The ball falls for Adam Reach on the edge of the area and he volleys a sumptuous effort over the head of Flint and into the far corner to set up a nervy finish!
SHEFF WED 0-2 MIDDLESBROUGH
81: YELLOW! He might possibly have been sent off after an unseen elbow on Fletcher earlier in the half, but Dani Ayala is shown a yellow card after a foul on Nuhiu.
79: SUB! That's all from Britt Assombalonga this evening as he's replaced by Jordan Hugill in attack.
77: BLOCK! Downing is the next to try his luck at a third goal for Boro, but Lees does well to bravely block the effort. In the meantime, Shotton looks in pain once more after a collision with Penney, but he soldiers on regardless and will no doubt see out the remainder of the game.
74: YELLOW! Barry Bannan is shown the yellow card for venting his frustrations at referee Peter Bankes, in a show of dissent.
75: CORNER! Besic strikes a lovely curling effort towards the top left corner but the towering figure of Nuhiu prevents him from netting his second of the evening.
69: CHANCE! Nuhiu nods a powerful header at goal and the lightning reactions of Flint prevent him from pulling one back for the hosts, before Randolph scrambles to claim the loose ball with Owls player lurking!
68: CHANCES! Bannan's free-kick finds its way to Reach but his volley is blocked, creating the chance for Boro to counter. They do so successfully and win a corner, but after a goalmouth scramble, the Owls escape unharmed. Fletcher throws himself at the ball to clear and he takes a whack following a 50/50 with George Friend.
WATCH: ASSOMBALONGA MAKES IT TWO
And here's Britt Assombalonga's tap-in...
63: SUB! Here comes Atdhe Nuhiu, who replaces Lucas Joao. He's got a decent record against tonight's opponents so Jos Luhukay will be hoping for more of the same here.
WATCH: BESIC'S OPENER
Right, let's take a look at those goals once more shall we? Here's Mo Besic's fine opener...
60: YELLOW! Late challenge on Palmer by Clayton and the midfielder is the first player to have his name taken this evening, in spite of his protests.
58: OVER! Penney strikes the ball over the bar as the Owls look to reduce the deficit. They won't do so with opportunities like that, though...
59: SAVE! Besic goes alone at the other end and stings the palms of Dawson, but the Owls stopper recovers to hold.
GOAL! SHEFF WED 0-2 MIDDLESBROUGH (Assombalonga, 55)
Look away now, Sheffield Wednesday fans. Lees tries to play out from the back but plays a weak pass to nobody that Britt Assombalonga seizes upon. Besic drives forward with just Dawson separating him and the net, but chooses to unselfishly square for Assombalonga who slots home his 50th Championship goal!
SHEFF WED 0-1 MIDDLESBROUGH
54: SHOT! Howson strikes a loose ball at goal after Shotton's cross was cleared by Lees, but the effort was tame - in truth - and Dawson holds.
GOAL! SHEFF WED 0-1 MIDDLESBROUGH (Besic, 49)
What a nicely worked goal this is! Clever backheel from Downing frees up Howson to cross into Mo Besic. The Bosnian midfielder cuts the ball onto his right and tucks a low shot beyond the figure of Lees and out of the reach of Dawson!
SHEFF WED 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH
49: Dael Fry has returned with a renewed sense of vigour since the restart and has been spotted driving forward through the middle of the pitch on a number of occasions already this half. One to keep an eye on perhaps...
48: We're just seeing some stats for Britt Assombalonga this evening and he's had just 13 touches of the ball so far. Doesn't bode well for a goal-fest, does it?!
SECOND HALF! SHEFF WED 0-0 MIDDLESBROUGH
"One goal may win this," says presenter Scott Minto. But will that be the case?
We're about to find out as the visitors get us back underway...
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The first half comes to an end at Hillsborough, and though Adam Reach's header onto the crossbar has been the best chance yet, Middlesbrough have enjoyed more possession and perhaps edged the first period. Neither goalkeeper has been meaningfully tested as yet, though.
Another big 45 minutes to come very soon so join us in a few minutes as we get back underway...
45+1: Just ONE added minute here before the half-time whistle.
45: SHOT! Besic gets the better of Pelupessy and hits a low shot, but it's an easy claim for Dawson.
43: Fantastic challenge from Shotton to slide the ball from the feet of Penney on the left flank as he waited to pick his spot for a cross. The Owls have looked dangerous on the counter at times, but they are yet to make Randolph work.
41: FOUL! Pelupessy is fuming after a challenge on Clayton and, according to the replay, he looks rightly irritated by that decision as it looked as though he was attempting to move away from his already-falling opponent...
39: Who'll be the happier manager heading into the break? It's been an entertaining half so far, but Tony Pulis has looked particularly aggrieved at times...
36: Also some concern for Lucas Joao, who apparently has the wrong studs on! Perhaps that explains why he's not been able to keep possession this evening...
35: SHOT! Stinging first-time drive from Clayton is well blocked by Hector who throws himself at the shot as Sheffield Wednesday do well to clear their lines. Little bit of concern for Shotton after a clash with Penney, but he looks fine to continue, it seems.
33: Time for the Owls to enjoy a little spell of possession as they play out from the back. Boro soon end up in possession once more, though - as they have done for much of the game so far - as Liam Palmer's dinked pass is plucked from the air.
29: OVER! Friend gives the ball away to Reach cheaply and he races forward before aiming for the top corner! Reach claimed Darren Randolph got the final touch on the shot, though referee Peter Bankes doesn't agree.
28: CORNER! Assombalonga gets to a loose ball before Bannan and roams a few yards forward before trying a shot, which is turned behind by Lees. Boro continue to advance after the corner and Ayala goes to ground after a tussle with Hector, but it goes no further.
26: WIDE! Downing floats a free-kick from the left and Joao gets his head on the delivery to take it out of the path of Dani Ayala.
24: Impressive move that takes in the touches of Bannan, Reach and Joao, before the latter opts to cut-back for Fletcher instead of continuing his run. Fletcher smashes a shot from 20 yards, but it is blocked and cannons behind him for a thrown-in.
21: FOUL! Besic flies into a challenge on Joao as the Owls man looks to pick up a sideways pass from Bannan. The wagging finger of the Bosnian that followed was a sure sign of guilt. No punishment beyond a free-kick, though.
22: OVER! After a long drawn-out build-up, Bannan floats a harmless free-kick into the lower tier of the Leppings Lane end at Hillsborough. Very poor attempt.
18: Good defending from Palmer once more to earn a free-kick for the Owls by holding Friend off the ball on the left-hand side and forcing the Boro captain into committing the foul.
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