Chopra punishes wasteful Boro
Sunday, 21 September 2008

Black Cats pounce to capitalise on Downing's missed penalty

Sky Sports

Middlesbrough were made to rue a missed penalty from Stewart Downing as Michael Chopra struck a late brace to hand Sunderland a 2-0 Wear-Tees derby victory at the Stadium of Light.

The North East rivals were both guilty of spawning goalscoring chances throughout the encounter, with goalkeepers Craig Gordon and Ross Turnbull both called into action on a number of occasions.
 
However, Boro looked to have been handed a golden opportunity to secure their first away victory since December 2007 when Black Cats defender Nyron Nosworthy was adjudged to have clipped the heels of Jeremie Aliadiere.
 
Downing, who crashed a spot-kick against the woodwork earlier this season against Stoke City, stepped up from 12 yards but was left with his head in his hands after he blazed his effort well over.
 
And then with nine minutes remaining substitute Chopra latched onto Kieran Richardson's through ball to slot home before he doubled the advantage in injury-time from close range to hand his side their first three points at home this term.

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