By Richard Gibson For Mail On Sunday
Published: 17:12 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 22:14 BST, 19 September 2020
It may have been the first substitution sanctioned via Zoom but Marcus Browne could not have cared less how he found himself in the right place at the right time for Middlesbrough’s equaliser.
With Neil Warnock sending instructions from home via video link after testing positive for Covid-19 this week, Browne was dispatched from the bench midway through the second half to head in and cancel out Dominic Solanke’s improvised first-half opener.
Ashley Fletcher, the player he replaced, appeared to be struggling with a niggle but do not let that get in the way of a good story.
Middlesbrough fans had something to celebrate on their return after Marcus Browne's goal
Kevin Blackwell, Warnock’s long-standing No 2 who patrolled the technical area in the 71-year-old’s absence, said: ‘Neil had a feeling. He said: “Let’s look at using Brownie,” and it was a good shout.
‘The technology now is fantastic. He watched the game streamed live. He had a chat with the boys before they went out for the warm-up and had a chat at the end. He was proud of the performance.’
There were just nine minutes remaining when Browne’s fresh legs sped him beyond Bournemouth’s defence to meet the most inviting of crosses from Paddy McNair and provide Warnock and his team with a deserved point.
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