Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester

Middlesbrough moved up to second in the Championship table despite being held to a goalless draw by Leicester.

Joe Bennett went close with a chance for in-form Boro but his strike from a tight angle rebounded off the post.

Jermaine Beckford came closest to scoring for Leicester before the former Everton man was forced off the pitch with an injury.

Manchester City midfielder Michael Johnson - on loan at Leicester - made his first league start for three years.

The home side started well, with Nicky Bailey shooting just over from range before Bennett forced a smart save from Kasper Schmeichel.

Beckford then nodded over midway through the opening period.

Chances were few and far between for both sides thereafter, although Marvin Emnes forced an excellent save from Schmeichel after dispossessing Matt Mills.

The Foxes were dealt a blow just after half-time as Beckford was forced off due to injury with Jeffrey Schlupp coming on in his place.

Bailey headed wide from Barry Robson's excellent centre and Alex Nimely failed to connect with an excellent right-wing centre as Middlesbrough had to settle for a draw.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray: "Ultimately it is a satisfactory point in the end. Leicester will claim a lot of points away over the course of the season.

Mowbray satisfied with Boro stalemate

"They are unbeaten away and, after struggling to find a formation in the early season, seem to have found a way of playing that suits them well."

Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson: "It was a fair result.

Eriksson content with point at Boro

"Last week against Cardiff we should have won but I can't say that after this game.

"There were no big chances for either. In the last 10 minutes, we were tired so I am happy with the result."

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