Middlesbrough played out a third consecutive goalless draw as they were held at home by Blackburn Rovers.

Boro impressed in defence but failed to beat the solid Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Mustapha Carayol, Nathaniel Chalobah and Danny Graham were all stopped by Robinson, before Albert Adomah was denied a late winner.

Rovers' best chance to earn three points fell to Rudy Gestede, who blazed an effort wide of Shay Given's goal.

Boro's poor goalscoring form

  • Middlesbrough are now without a goal in four league matches
  • The last goal they scored came in the 1-0 home win against Charlton Athletic on 18 January
  • 25-year-old Argentine Emmanuel Ledesma scored the winner in that match

Middlesbrough have lost only once in their last 10 league games but progress towards the play-off spots has slowed through lack of goals, with manager Aitor Karanka's side now 12th in the Championship.

A win for Blackburn would have moved them up to seventh but boss Gary Bowyer is likely to be satisfied with a point after seeing his side struggle to create against an organised Boro defence.

The home side dominated the first half, creating chances for the impressive Carayol, who had an effort hooked away by Tommy Spurr before combining brilliantly with George Friend to give Robinson a scare.

Blackburn's former England goalkeeper was the star performer in the second half, making key saves to deny Danny Graham a goal on what was a second home debut for the boyhood club he rejoined in a deadline day loan deal with Sunderland.

And Robinson was there again at the end to twice deny Adomah the goal Boro so craved and earn a draw for the visitors.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"It's frustrating for me because we didn't play well against Doncaster, and we didn't deserve to win the game against Wigan but [against Blackburn] we had a lot of chances.

"We didn't score but that's football and I'm more confident than I was after the last game.

"The keeper did very, very well and stopped us so we have to improve with our chances."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"Robbo was outstanding. He was excellent, he just oozed international class. He's always got that in his locker. You don't play for your country as often as he did without having some outstanding ability.

"When called upon he did his job magnificently well but then again he's got another 10 in front of him that helped keep a clean sheet.

"The character and resilience that they showed can only be applauded."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 12 Given
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 22 Gibson
  • 11 Ledesma (Adomah - 68' )
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 09 Graham (Main - 82' )
  • 24 Chalobah Booked
  • 19 Carayol Booked (Kamara - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Butterfield
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 15 Hines
  • 23 Main
  • 25 Omeruo
  • 27 Adomah
  • 29 Kamara

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Kane (Henley - 45' )
  • 03 Spurr
  • 08 Dunn (Conway - 56' )
  • 05 Hanley
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 45 Cairney
  • 06 Lowe
  • 39 Gestede (Varney - 76' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 19 Taylor

Substitutes

  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 17 Williamson
  • 23 Dabo
  • 27 Henley
  • 29 Evans
  • 32 Conway
Ref: Stuart Attwell
Att: 14,965

Match Stats

Shots

15 5

On target

6 1

Corners

16 3

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:57

Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +2:57

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:11

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:11

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

89:29

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:29

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

88:19

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

88:19

Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:20

Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.

85:08

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Shay Given.

85:06

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

81:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Danny Graham.

79:49

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

78:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:14

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

77:58

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:58

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Rudy Gestede.

75:02

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon following a set piece situation.

74:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Mustapha Carayol.

73:53

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

73:53

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:44

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

71:40

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

70:49

Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

70:49

Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:34

Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:34

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

67:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

65:17 Booking

Booking Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:11

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

65:11

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:29

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

61:59

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

60:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:32

Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

60:26 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

60:17

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

60:17

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:05

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Spurr.

55:54

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

55:54

Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces David Dunn.

54:38

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

54:28

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

54:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

53:14

Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

52:14

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

52:14

David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:39

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

51:02

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

48:51

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

48:21

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

47:46

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

46:38

Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

46:38

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Todd Kane.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:12

Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:12

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

43:17

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

39:40

Attempt blocked. József Varga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:44

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

37:44

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:02

Attempt missed. Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

35:34

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

33:47

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:47

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers).

32:55

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:17

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Todd Kane.

31:16

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross following a corner.

30:51

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

30:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:14

Delay in match Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

28:26

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.

28:06

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

28:00

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Chalobah.

26:24

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

26:10

Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol.

25:41

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead with a headed pass.

22:51

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol.

22:05

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

22:05

József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:33

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Todd Kane.

17:04

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

15:12

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:12

Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

10:48

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

4:15

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

4:15

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:11

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a cross.

3:49

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

3:46

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by George Friend.

1:31

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Thomas Spurr.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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