All Even In Tees-Wear Derby
Boro draw with Sunderland 1-1 in the 128th Tees-Wear derby.
Afonso Alves put Boro ahead in the 44th minute. A fine move saw him and Stewart Downing link up well, and the record signing slotted in well from 18-yards out.
Kenwyne Jones struck his seventh goal of the season when he slid forcing the ball into the back of the net from six yards.
Both of Boro's central midfielders left the pitch with injuries. First was Josh Walker Walker's afternoon, pulled out of an aerial challenge and left the pitch in some discomfort.
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Didier Digard and Kieran Richardson both needed treatment after an horrific clash of heads. Digard left the pitch several minutes later clutching his head.