But the Cameroon striker would make amends just after the hour when he nodded down Danny Mills' cross into the path of Szilard
Nemeth and the Slovakian stabbed home from eight yards.
I thought the formation was OK, but I'm not sure whether Szilard
is the right player to use in the 'hole'.
Chris Riggott (back)and Szilard
Nemeth (ankle)are doubts,but Jonathan Greening (back)and Joseph-DesireJob (hamstring) could return.
And inspired by Slovakian international Szilard
Nemeth they gave their fans a treat with their biggest Premiership win of the season.
It was a shot that visibly lifted Boro, who secured their passage into the last eight three minutes later when Viduka set up Szilard
Nemeth's outstanding winner.
There was further good news for Boro when Szilard
Nemeth also scored as Slovakia beat Latvia.
MEDIA attention on a key player ahead of England's match with Slovakia tomorrow is nothing new, but it is Szilard
Nemeth rather than David Beckham who is fuming at the attentions of the footballjournalists.
Nemeth, who came off the bench to score last week against West Ham, again produced a superb link-up with Alen Boskic before firing past Carlo Cudicini.
Nemeth, too, is also back at the Riverside following World Cup action for Slovakia.
Meanwhile, Boro striker Szilard
Nemeth, who scored in Slovakia's 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Latvia on Saturday, has told boss Steve McClaren: "I'm good enough to be in the team.
The top nine names for first goalscorer are all Boro players including Yakubu (7/2), Mark Viduka (9/2), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (4/1), Szilard
Nemeth (5/1) and Gaizka Mendieta (7/1).
Queudrue celebrated his 26th birthday by setting up a goal for Szilard
Nemeth in Wednesday's 2-0 win at Fulham and is looking to get closer to the target against Crystal Palace today.