FA Cup 5th Round:
Middlesbrough 2 West Bromwich Albion 2
* Replay: Tuesday, February 27
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has warned his former side that their FA Cup aspirations will face a severe test when they come to the Hawthorns a week tomorrow.
The Baggies were full value for a draw at the Riverside, despite having captain Curtis Davies sent off late on. Mowbray believes the Premiership club should be under no illusions about the task facing them in the fifth-round replay.
"Our home record is the best in the Championship, I think," said Mowbray. "So it will be a difficult night for Middlesbrough. "We are a team at the moment with a bit of belief. We've gone one defeat in 16 games and won 11 of them.
"We know them and are respectful of their quality and it will also be a difficult night for us but the team has got a bit of spirit and belief about it. We don't accept defeat easily."
In an absorbing and end-to-end encounter, Albion twice roared back from a goal down, putting Boro on the rack in the second half to give themselves more than a glimmer of hope for the rematch.
Julio Arca headed last season's semi-finalists in front from a Stewart Downing cross but Diomansy Kamara levelled when his weak shot squirmed through Mark Schwarzer's legs.
Boro restored their lead on the stroke of half-time when Yakubu put away a controversial penalty after going to ground under Davies' challenge. But Kevin Phillips ensured that the tie remains wide open thanks to a deflected effort off defender Andrew Taylor.
Boro settled quicker, with Downing and Adam Johnson causing Albion plenty of problems down the flanks and Downing should have given first blood to the hosts. But the England winger elected to shoot after surging past Paul McShane, his effort going wide of the far post with Mark Viduka better placed.
It took a while for Albion to launch a meaningful attack but when they did, it was a dangerous one, Kamara's cross from the left needing a last-ditch clearance from Emanuel Pogatetz.
Kamara repeated the trick soon after, sending over an even better centre that Phillips could not get any purchase on.
Albion were now taking the game to Boro and after the lively Robert Koren lashed over the crossbar from distance, Boro needed Jonathan Woodgate to intervene and deny Kamara with a superb shot-saving challenge.
The home team then hit back by forcing two corners, Johnson testing Dean Kiely's reactions with a volley from Arca's pass.
Albion then had the ball in the back of the net through Kamara, but the 'goal' was ruled out as Phillips had handled Jason Koumas' free-kick before volleying at Schwarzer.
The ball was in the net again within a minute, but this time it stood as Boro struck the first blow. George Boateng spread play to Downing on the right and he beat Koumas and Paul Robinson to cross for Arca to head home at the far post.
Boro were now in the ascendancy and Davies had to be alert to rob Viduka as he teed up a volley from another Downing cross. But Albion hit back, forcing Arca and Pogatetz into making vital blocks from efforts by Kamara and Koumas.
Their pressure told when Taylor failed to cut out Koumas' through-ball, allowing Kamara to equalise with a tame shot that went under Schwarzer.
A huge contingent of Baggies fans were now in full swing but erupted in fury just before the interval when referee Howard Webb awarded a penalty.
Yakubu rolled Davies on the edge of the area and went down under the slightest of touches. Davies was yellow-carded and the Nigerian got up to send Kiely the wrong way from the spot.
Fired-up Albion flew out of the blocks after the break, putting a suddenly lethargic Boro under the cosh. Robinson had a shot blocked by Pogatetz and McShane blazed a half-volley over after being set up by Kamara.
Boro were struggling to get out of their own half and it was no surprise when Albion levelled again through Phillips, who took Robinson's pass in his stride to beat flat-footed Schwarzer with a deflected strike.
Then Downing let fly from distance with a free-kick that dropped just past the right-hand upright. But Albion were still giving as good as they got and when Koumas weaved past a posse of Boro defenders on the edge of the area, his low drive whistled a yard wide.
At the other end, Kiely dived full stretch to his left to claw away substitute James Morrison's volley.
Boro asked all the questions as the pendulum swung again, but Albion held on, despite seeing Davies receive his marching orders in the final minute.
The central defender, penalised for holding back Viduka as he ran through the middle, received a second yellow card followed by a red from referee Webb.
Scorers: Arca (29) 1-0; Kamara (41) 1-1; Yakubu (45pen) 2-1; Phillips (58) 2-2.
MIDDLESBROUGH: Schwarzer, Xavier, Woodgate, Pogatetz, Taylor, Downing, Boateng, Arca, Johnson (Morrison, 70), Viduka, Yakubu (Christie, 79). Subs: Jones, Euell, Andrew Davies.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Kiely, McShane, Clement, Curtis Davies, Robinson, Koren, Greening, Chaplow, Koumas (Gera, 85), Phillips (Ellington, 80), Kamara (Albrechtsen, 90). Subs: Daniels, Carter.
Referee: H Webb (Rotherham).
Bookings: Middlesbrough — Woodgate (foul).
Sending-off: Albion — Davies (second bookable offence).