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Middlesbrough 0-0 Wigan Athletic

Middlesbrough keeper Shay Given

Middlesbrough kept a fourth straight clean sheet at home for the first time in over a decade but that was the only notable aspect of an unremarkable match against Wigan.

Chris McCann went close for Wigan when his stabbed shot was deflected wide.

Stephen Crainey then drew the save of the match from Shay Given, who made a one-handed stop to prevent his 20-yard strike from finding the net.

Curtis Main had Boro's best chance when he scooped over from eight yards.

The Latics, seven points off the play-offs but with two games in hand on some of their rivals, were first to show when Ben Watson curled to the back-post where McCann's effort was charged down.

They went close again moments later when Manchester United loanee Nick Powell pulled the ball back for McCann to stab in a shot that clipped George Friend and flew wide.

Boro came into it 10 minutes before the break. Emmanuel Ledesma's corner was flicked on by Daniel Ayala for Mustapha Carayol to try a diving header that was deflected wide off defender James Perch.

The home side should have scored after the break, but Main inexplicably lifted his effort over the bar from Ledesma's cut-back.

With 14 minutes remaining, goalkeeper Given, on loan from Aston Villa, made an outstanding stop to prevent Crainey from giving the visitors the lead.

Wigan pressed once more, but this time midfielder Powell headed over from Jean Beausejour's cross.

The result leaves Boro 10th, level with Wigan on 37 points having played two more games.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"The game was not a good one for us. It was difficult as Wigan are a good team.

"We did not play with personality and we did not do enough to win the game. But when you can not win a game it is important that you do not lose it."

Wigan boss Uwe Rosler:

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Post-match: Wigan manager Rosler

"Before the game I would have taken a point. We started slowly and did not play well in the first half.

"But in the second half we played much better. I was disappointed because we had the better of the game and had the chances to win.

"In the end we are disappointed to only take one point."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8VargaBooked at 48mins
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 26Ayala
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forGibsonat 45+4'minutes
  • 11LedesmaBooked at 87mins
  • 18Whitehead
  • 10EmnesSubstituted forAdomahat 60'minutes
  • 23Main
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forKamaraat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 22Gibson
  • 24Chalobah
  • 25Omeruo
  • 27Adomah
  • 29Kamara

Wigan

  • 26Al-Habsi
  • 22Beausejour
  • 3Crainey
  • 24PerchBooked at 54mins
  • 25Barnett
  • 17Boyce
  • 8WatsonBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcArthurat 60'minutes
  • 7McCann
  • 32FortunéSubstituted forMcCleanat 60'minutes
  • 19PowellSubstituted forMaynardat 85'minutes
  • 18Espinoza

Substitutes

  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 16McArthur
  • 29Maynard
  • 30Kiernan
  • 31Browning
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
13,258

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

Attempt blocked. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by József Varga.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by József Varga.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jean Beausejour.

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nicky Maynard.

Attempt blocked. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

Booking

Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Nick Powell.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Mustapha Carayol.

Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Emmerson Boyce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen Crainey with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Shay Given.

Attempt saved. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Stephen Crainey.

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) because of an injury.

Delay in match József Varga (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nick Powell.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Chris McCann.

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

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

Foul by Jean Beausejour (Wigan Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur replaces Ben Watson.

goal

As It Stood

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2QPR27167433171655
3Burnley271410339201952
4Derby28156754371751
5Nottm Forest261111439261344
6Reading28128844331144
7Ipswich28101084032840
8Brighton27101073023740
9Blackburn2810993535039
10Middlesbrough2891094135637
11Wigan2610792826237
12Leeds27106113636036
13Huddersfield2797113633334
14Bournemouth2797113446-1234
15Blackpool2889112739-1233
16Watford2571083631531
17Birmingham2778123134-329
18Bolton27610113244-1228
19Doncaster2877142644-1828
20Sheff Wed2651293334-127
21Millwall2768132851-2326
22Charlton2659122234-1224
23Barnsley2649132544-1921
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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