Bournemouth's three-match winning run ended as they drew a blank against fellow mid-table side Middlesbrough.

Cherries top scorer Lewis Grabban had a first-half effort disallowed for a foul on keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Boro rarely threatened, but striker Lee Tomlin blazed over the bar when well placed just before the interval.

Konstantopoulos preserved a point for the visitors with second-half saves from Simon Francis and Andrew Surman as the hosts searched for a winner.

Did you know?

Middlesbrough have never won at Bournemouth in the league, drawing four and losing one of the five meetings. Boro did, however, win their other meeting there in all competitions, a 2-1 victory in the League Cup in October 1991.

It was not to be for Eddie Howe's side - but they did record a fourth successive clean sheet.

The first half was devoid of many clear-cut chances but hinged on two decisions by referee Frederick Graham.

First, Boro captain Grant Leadbitter kicked out at Matt Ritchie after the ball had gone, following a clash near the touchline, but was only booked.

Then just before half-time, Konstantopoulos was robbed by Grabban, who rifled the ball into the net from an acute angle only to see the effort ruled out for a foul on the Greek.

Bournemouth stepped up a gear after the break, while Boro, whose last away win was against Blackpool in January, sacrificed Tomlin - who missed his side's best chance before the interval - for a fifth midfielder before the hour mark.

Ritchie thumped a cross-shot against the post and Konstantopoulos tipped over Francis's 25-yard drive before being called upon again to claw away Surman's measured effort from the edge of the box as Aitor Karanka's side held on for a hard-earned point.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

"We did everything we could to win that game. Middlesbrough were dogged opponents.

"It shows how far we've come this season that we are saying that we are disappointed only to draw with Middlesbrough.

"They showed us a lot of respect. We knew we would have to be at our best to break them down. We did not have that elusive chance."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said:

Post-match: Middlesbrough boss Karanka

"At least we have a point. Bournemouth had more chances and played very well, so we have to be pleased.

"We need do more, we need to play better. The difference between us home and away is difficult for me to understand why.

"I would have like us to have rewarded the fans who travelled 300 miles to watch us with some goals."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 32 O'Kane Booked
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie (Pugh - 68' )
  • 08 Arter
  • 09 Grabban
  • 04 Surman (Rantie - 88' )
  • 21 Coulibaly (Fraser - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 28 Rantie

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter Booked (Ledesma - 76' )
  • 22 Gibson
  • 25 Omeruo Booked
  • 27 Adomah
  • 18 Whitehead Booked
  • 09 Graham
  • 10 Tomlin (Chalobah - 58' )
  • 19 Carayol (Main - 93' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 14 Williams
  • 23 Main
  • 24 Chalobah
  • 36 Atkinson
Ref: Fred Graham
Att: 9,710

Match Stats

Shots

17 5

On target

3 1

Corners

10 4

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +7:45 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

90:00 +7:21

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

90:00 +6:40

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

90:00 +6:17 Booking

Booking Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +6:15

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) has gone down, but that's a dive.

90:00 +5:52

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +5:52

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +3:58

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:58

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

90:00 +2:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Mustapha Carayol.

90:00 +2:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

88:45

Delay in match Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

87:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Andrew Surman.

85:57

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a corner.

85:27

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

85:24

Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

84:25

Lee Camp (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:25

Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

81:45

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

81:45

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:01

Attempt missed. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

80:56

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

79:23

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Cook.

76:52

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

76:50

Attempt saved. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

76:46

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

75:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Grant Leadbitter.

75:27

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

73:59

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

72:53 Booking

Booking Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

72:45

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) has gone down, but that's a dive.

67:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Matt Ritchie.

64:21

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Steve Cook.

63:17

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:17

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

62:32

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

62:32

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

60:38

Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Albert Adomah is caught offside.

59:24

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

59:24

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

58:52

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by George Friend.

58:06

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:06

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

57:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Mohamed Coulibaly because of an injury.

57:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Nathaniel Chalobah replaces Lee Tomlin.

56:33

Delay in match Mohamed Coulibaly (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

54:02

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

51:51

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

51:49

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.

50:35

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

50:35

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:16

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

50:03

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Cook.

48:48

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:48

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

46:01

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

46:01

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 +1:01

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

42:33

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol with a cross.

42:04

Hand ball by Mohamed Coulibaly (Bournemouth).

41:14

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Harte.

40:07 Booking

Booking Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

39:58

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:58

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

39:46

Mohamed Coulibaly (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

39:46

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

39:04

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

39:04

Dimitrios Konstantopoulos (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:25

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.

37:12

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:12

Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).

36:18

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

32:59

Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Mohamed Coulibaly is caught offside.

31:54

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

31:04

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

31:04

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:35

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Steve Cook.

27:34

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

26:26

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:26

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

23:03

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

23:03

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:02

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:53

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by George Friend.

19:10

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:10

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

19:00 Booking

Booking Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:18

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

15:22

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

15:22

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:51

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by George Friend.

12:50

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

10:36

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Simon Francis.

9:12

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

9:12

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:20

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

7:19

Attempt missed. Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

4:42

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

2:49

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:49

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

1:32

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:32

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

0:29

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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