Burnley 0-0 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough's slump continued as they were held to a goalless draw at Burnley but Tony Mowbray's side remain in the play-off places in the Championship.
Boro have won just once in the league in 2013 and needed some smart saves from goalkeeper Jason Steele to earn a point at Turf Moor.
England Under-21 international Steele saved well from Charlie Austin and Dean Marney in the first half.
Substitutes Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main went close for Boro late on.
Burnley, who are now seven points off the top six with a game in hand, saw Steele at full-stretch to turn Austin's first-time effort from the edge of the box behind in a bright start.
Marney then saw his near-post header kept out by the alert Steele before Boro finally mounted some pressure after the break.
Grant Leadbitter hit a low free-kick wide, Main put a snap-shot wide and Carayol gave Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant his first serious work of the evening in stoppage time with a swerving, dipping long-range strike that was tipped over.
Boro are still in sixth place in the table, but are now just two points ahead of Brighton, who have a game in hand.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche:
"We played well for a large part of the game, kept the ball and dominated the possession stats and chance stats without really opening up that one clinical moment to finish it.
"It's a knife-edge sort of feeling. That's a side who are sixth and have got a lot of big players and they've come here and defended. That was the intent.
"It kind of shows how far we've come as a team and as a club to be recognised as someone who is still in there with a real chance of chasing the dream."
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:
"From our perspective we've conceded too many goals on the road recently.
"We've got a lot of injuries. I think it was 12 first-team players injured tonight and I don't make any apologies for coming and making sure that we were defensively solid.
"A really hard-working team was picked and a lot of attacking threat was left on the bench to try and make sure we stayed in the game.
"I was pleased that we kept a clean sheet, that we worked extremely hard for each other - it's been a difficult month-and-a-half."
- 01 Grant
- 02 Trippier
- 03 Lafferty
- 05 Shackell
- 28 Long Booked
- 06 McCann
- 08 Marney Booked
- 11 Stanislas
- 22 Stock (Vokes - 70' )
- 10 Paterson (Treacy - 70' )
- 23 Austin
- 12 Jensen
- 15 Edgar
- 18 Mills
- 20 Bartley
- 21 Richards
- 26 Treacy
- 09 Vokes
- 01 Steele
- 03 Bikey
- 04 Friend
- 06 McManus
- 14 Williams
- 07 Leadbitter
- 10 Bailey Booked
- 16 McEachran Booked
- 18 Halliday (Miller - 73' )
- 33 Smallwood (Carayol - 53' )
- 09 Emnes (Main - 68' )
- 32 Leutwiler
- 38 Haroun
- 11 Ledesma
- 19 Carayol
- 22 Williams
- 23 Main
- 30 Miller
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee ends the match.90:00 +3:40
Unfair challenge on Sam Vokes by Andre Bikey results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.90:00 +3:16
Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter played to the near post, Kieran Trippier makes a clearance.90:00 +3:04
Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save by Lee Grant.90:00 +1:51
Shot from deep inside the area by Curtis Main clears the bar.90:00 +0:18
Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sam Vokes misses to the right of the target.90:00 +0:18 Booking
Booking Josh McEachran receives a caution.89:56
Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh McEachran on Keith Treacy.88:38
Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Trippier.87:40
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Shackell on Ishmael Miller. Grant Leadbitter delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Sam Vokes manages to make a clearance.87:01
Sam Vokes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.86:38
Rhys Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Vokes. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.83:50
Rhys Williams has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.80:25
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Grant Leadbitter by Kieran Trippier. Free kick crossed by Grant Leadbitter, Chris McCann manages to make a clearance. Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Blocked by Chris McCann.78:25
Keith Treacy takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.78:07
Outswinging corner taken by Junior Stanislas.77:29
The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.76:36
Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Treacy.76:03
Free kick taken by Josh McEachran.76:03 Booking
Booking Dean Marney receives a caution.
Mustapha Carayol fouled by Dean Marney, the ref awards a free kick.74:59
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line.73:43
The ball is sent over by Danny Lafferty, Jason Steele makes a save.72:30 Substitution
Substitution Ishmael Miller joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Halliday.72:15
Curtis Main has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.71:27
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Curtis Main. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Trippier.70:41
Sam Vokes produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.69:26 Substitution
Substitution Martin Paterson goes off and Keith Treacy comes on.69:26 Substitution
Substitution Brian Stock goes off and Sam Vokes comes on.68:59
Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Blocked by Chris McCann.67:18 Substitution
Substitution Curtis Main joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marvin Emnes.66:18
Kieran Trippier has an effort direct from the free kick.66:18 Booking
Booking Nicky Bailey booked.65:30
Unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Nicky Bailey results in a free kick.64:48
Brian Stock takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Bikey.60:41
Grant Leadbitter produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.59:26
Direct free kick taken by Andre Bikey.59:26 Booking
Booking The referee cautions Kevin Long for unsporting behaviour.59:04
Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol.58:22
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Stock by Rhys Williams. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Long.57:11
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas played to the near post, clearance by Andrew Halliday.55:05
Shot from a long way out by Jason Shackell goes wide of the left-hand upright.54:46
Kieran Trippier crosses the ball, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.54:31
Jason Shackell delivers the ball, George Friend manages to make a clearance.53:39
Andrew Halliday gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney. Kieran Trippier takes the direct free kick.52:38 Substitution
Substitution Mustapha Carayol joins the action as a substitute, replacing Richard Smallwood.51:46
Junior Stanislas takes the outswinging corner, save by Jason Steele.51:06
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas played to the near post, clearance by George Friend.48:32
Kieran Trippier crosses the ball.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +1:19 Half time
Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.44:15
Charlie Austin takes a shot.42:56
Kieran Trippier challenges Andrew Halliday unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Friend.41:20
Junior Stanislas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Andrew Halliday makes a clearance.40:34
Foul by Grant Leadbitter on Chris McCann, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris McCann.39:13
Corner from right by-line taken by Junior Stanislas. Brian Stock concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes. Nicky Bailey takes the free kick.38:48
Dean Marney takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.37:35
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.37:18
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Marney by Rhys Williams. Direct free kick taken by Jason Shackell.35:52
Andrew Halliday fouled by Kieran Trippier, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by George Friend.28:01
Corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Andre Bikey.24:14
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Chris McCann. Rhys Williams takes the direct free kick.23:14
George Friend concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Trippier. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.19:13
The ball is crossed by Danny Lafferty.16:20
Unfair challenge on Chris McCann by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Kieran Trippier from the free kick.14:49
The offside flag is raised against Marvin Emnes. Direct free kick taken by Lee Grant.13:07
A cross is delivered by Kieran Trippier, save by Jason Steele.9:57
The ball is sent over by Kieran Trippier, Jason Steele makes a save.9:10
Chris McCann produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.7:42
Kevin Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.7:16
Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen McManus.4:32
Junior Stanislas decides to take the corner short.4:17
Charlie Austin takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.3:31
Corner taken right-footed by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line to the near post, Brian Stock takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.0:11
Unfair challenge on Andrew Halliday by Dean Marney results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.0:00
The match has kicked off.
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