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Middlesbrough 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

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.

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."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 39Woodgate
  • 22Gibson
  • 11LedesmaSubstituted forAdomahat 68'minutes
  • 18Whitehead
  • 9GrahamSubstituted forMainat 82'minutes
  • 24ChalobahBooked at 61mins
  • 19CarayolBooked at 66minsSubstituted forKamaraat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Butterfield
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 23Main
  • 25Omeruo
  • 27Adomah
  • 29Kamara

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 2KaneSubstituted forHenleyat 45'minutes
  • 3Spurr
  • 8DunnSubstituted forConwayat 56'minutes
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45Cairney
  • 6Lowe
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forVarneyat 76'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 19Taylor

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home16
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.
Foul by Luke Varney (Blackburn Rovers).
Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).
Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).
Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Middlesbrough. József Varga tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Shay Given.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Danny Graham.
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.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

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

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Mustapha Carayol.
Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Robinson.
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.
Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).
Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma.

Booking

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough).
Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jason Lowe.
Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Booking

Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
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.
Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).
Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway replaces David Dunn.
Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
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.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.
Attempt blocked. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
Foul by József Varga (Middlesbrough).
David Dunn (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Grant Hanley.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Grant Hanley.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.
Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

Second Half

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Adam Henley replaces Todd Kane.

Half Time

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

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