Middlesbrough 2 West Bromwich Albion 2
Another four goals in a West Bromwich Albion fixture but this time Bryan Robson's men shared them as they prised only their third away point of the season.
Last week's 4-0 battering of Everton had led to hopes that Robson might enjoy the happy return of a first away league win of the campaign on his old stamping ground.
But 4-0 was also the scoreline when Robson brought his Albion team to the Riverside for the first time last April. Given the painful memory of that tanning, for Albion to treble their season's away goals column in one afternoon on the same ground was more than acceptable.
Nathan Ellington scored for the second week running while Kanu hit a classy second. After their strikers had scored only one goal in eight previous Premiership games, suddenly Albion's front line appears to have clicked, with five from two.
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren said: "I've seen West Brom away from home quite a bit this season and they've played well without getting anything so it's just a bit frustrating that it should be today they finally got something." Given how they dominated the early stages here last term only to lose so heavily, Albion again began brightly. But once again they trailed when Boro cashed in on a lucky break.
In trying to finish off a onetwo with team-mate George Boateng, Viduka succeeded only in playing another wall pass off an unwitting Neil Clement.
The ball bounced back into the Australian striker's path, allowing him to take aim.
His slightly-sliced shot swerved just inside the helpless Tomasz Kuszczak's left upright.
Albion levelled within six minutes thanks to another lucky break.
Franck Queudrue ' s attempt to clear on the edge of his own penalty area was pitiful. But the ball broke off Kanu's outstretched leg for Ellington and the in-form striker ran on to drill home his right-foot shot across Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer.
McClaren said: "This is a game which is all about limiting your mistakes and we're making too many."
Boro would have been back in front had Kuszczak not gone full length to stunningly turn away a header from Emmanuel Pogatetz. Instead, 12 minutes into the second half, Albion led.
From a Boro corner, Kuszczak's quick throw released Diomansy Kamara.
He pinged a ball over the top, having picked out Albion left-back Paul Robinson making a storming run along the right wing.
With the assurance of someone who has played there all his life, Robinson waited for his moment before squaring to Kanu on the edge of the area.
The Nigerian trickster switched feet to side-step Gareth Southgate before drilling the ball inside the left upright, once more low to Schwarzer's right
Again, the lead proved short- lived as Robinson turned from saint to sinner. Fabio Rochemback lifted a neat chip into the area. Robinson arrived late in attempting to challenge Szilard Nemeth but succeeded only in clattering the Slovakian to the ground.
Albion's protests were furious but Mr Walton's verdict of a penalty seemed fair enough. Yakubu sent Kuszczak the wrong way.
It set up a thrilling final 25 minutes.
Kuszczak's reflexes did the job when he had to change direction to parry Richemback's deflected shot, Nemeth heading the rebound over. Viduka also went close to grabbing a winner when he got too faint a deflection to a Pogatetz cross.
Eight minutes from time, Boro old boy Jonathan Greening made a flying run along the right, looking for the whipped-in cross that might win the day against his former team.
Greening's standing leg got in the way just as he was about to deliver, prodding the ball out of his flight path.
At least it brought a wry smile from the player himself, as well as a spontaneous chant of 'There's only one Jonny Greening' from a sympathetic home public.
Greening seemed less pleased just a couple of minutes later when he really could have won the match for Albion.
Southgate only half-cleared substitute Darren Carter's cross, the former Villa captain's header falling to Greening beyond the far post.
In trying to lash the ball back across goal and inside Schwarzer's right upright, Greening shot wide.
With both sides still seeking victory, Yakubu got his feet in a tangle at one end before a brilliantly-timed Southgate challenge denied Ellington at the other.
But, by then, it might have been unfair for either of these two well-matched sides to have lost.