Stoke net added-time equaliser to draw with Middlesbrough
D’Margio Wright-Phillips struck an added-time equaliser for Stoke as they snatched a 2-2 draw at home to Middlesbrough.
Former England centre half Phil Jagielka’s own goal – on his 40th birthday – looked set to hand Boro all three points.
But with Chris Wilder’s side ready to celebrate their first victory of the season, 20-year-old sub Wright-Phillips – grandson of former Arsenal striker Ian Wright – showed the family finishing skills to snatch a point in injury time.
Jacob Brown’s second goal of the season put City in front before Duncan Watmore made it 1-1.
Watmore stole ahead of Jagielka to level the scores after 38 minutes and then forced the defender to put through his own net after 63 minutes.
Both teams kicked off in the bottom six with Boro kept out of the relegation places only on goal difference from West Brom and Luton.
Boro they made the early running, creating a half chance for Ryan Giles in the first 12 seconds and then forcing three successive corners.
So, it was against the run of play when Brown side-footed City in front after 18 minutes.
Boro were convinced Jordan Thompson fouled Isaiah Jones in the Stoke half. Instead, referee Michael Salisbury allowed Dwight Gayle to break on the back-pedalling visitors’ defence.
Gayle acrobatically attempted to convert Will Smallbone’s cross as Stoke searched for a second.
But it needed Joe Bursik’s legs to deny Riley McGree an equaliser from the latest run and cross by Giles.
If Boro felt hard done by, they had a let-off after 36 minutes when Thompson’s lofted cross finished in the back of the net. Referee Salisbury this time adjudged Gayle had fouled keeper Zack Steffen.
But it was all square seven minutes from the break. Jones supplied a low cross to the near post for Watmore to nip ahead of Jagielka to equalise.
McGree should have made it 2-1 after 48 minutes but failed to hit the target with a side foot attempt from Paddy McNair’s pull back.
Marc Bola was more accurate, but Bursik turned away his low shot for a corner as Boro continued to dominate.
And their attacking approach was rewarded as Jagielka turned in a Giles left-wing cross. Middlesbrough, however, couldn’t find a third goal.
Even when skipper Lewis Baker missed a great chance to equalise, Stoke kept pressing and Wright-Phillips converted from close range from Baker’s assist.
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