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Middlesbrough 0-0 Leeds United

Danny Graham and Jack Butland

Leeds' play-off hopes continue to fade after they were held to a goalless draw at mid-table Middlesbrough.

Luke Murphy sent a rasping drive just wide for the visitors, while Leeds new on-loan goalkeeper Jack Butland kept out Jacob Butterfield's dipping shot.

Danny Graham twice went close after the break, Butland comfortably saving his overhead kick then watching a half-volley fizz over the bar.

Butland also denied Albert Adomah after the forward found himself one-on-one.

The result means Leeds are now seven points off the play-offs while Boro are three worse off.

The frustration was perhaps more pronounced for Brian McDermott's side, given they felt they should have had a penalty for a challenge on Noel Hunt by Kenneth Omeruo as the Leeds man looked to get on the end of Cameron Stewart's cross.

They also went close when Murphy's strike from 25 yards flashed just past Middlesbrough keeper Shay Given's left-hand post.

At the other end, Leeds debutant Butland did well to tip Butterfield's dipping shot from 20 yards over the bar just before half-time.

The goalkeeper, on loan from Stoke City, was again called into action shortly after the break as he prevented Stephen Warnock's attempted clearance going into his own net.

Graham's overhead kick from close range was also straight at Butland as Middlesbrough continued to press for the opener.

Leeds, who failed to get a shot on target, were reduced to half-chances with Jimmy Kebe and Hunt both directing headers well wide, while Graham fired a half-volley just over the crossbar from a tight angle.

The best two chances of the half fell to substitute Adomah who, after being played in, saw his close-range half-volley superbly blocked by the onrushing Butland. He later sliced a shot wide after again finding space in the box.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

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Post-match: Boro head coach Karanka

"Yes it is six games without a goal and for that I am disappointed.

"I am always disappointed if we do not win. But if we play like we did today every week then the goals will arrive.

"We can not become obsessed by the goal. We must just continue to play the best way we can as a team and will create chances and the moment will come.

"Last week at Watford I was not happy because the team did not function as I asked. This week they did so for that I am happy.

"We had good chances, the team was good. I am not saying we deserved to win but we played well."

Leeds boss Brian McDermott:

"That's a positive point for us.

"Middlesbrough made it difficult for us and had some good chances.

"But Jack Butland was outstanding, the back four were excellent and the whole team put in a good shift.

"When we become a good side, a side capable a challenging in this division, then maybe we could have nicked that game 1-0 but we are not quite where we want to be as a team yet.

"But we kept a clean sheet and showed resilience, we just need to find that bit extra in the final third."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 12Given
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 39mins
  • 39Woodgate
  • 25Omeruo
  • 24Chalobah
  • 6ButterfieldSubstituted forLedesmaat 77'minutes
  • 9Graham
  • 23MainSubstituted forAdomahat 72'minutes
  • 29KamaraSubstituted forTomlinat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Tomlin
  • 11Ledesma
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 18Whitehead
  • 27Adomah
  • 28Morris
  • 36Atkinson

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 2Peltier
  • 15Warnock
  • 6Murphy
  • 22WoottonBooked at 9mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 38Kebe
  • 8Austin
  • 44McCormack
  • 10HuntSubstituted forSmithat 82'minutes
  • 28Stewart

Substitutes

  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 20Smith
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
20,424

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 0.

Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lee Tomlin.

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

Foul by Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United).

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

Offside, Leeds United. Luke Murphy tries a through ball, but Jason Pearce is caught offside.

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

Cameron Stewart (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Offside, Leeds United. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Warnock.

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacob Butterfield.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Curtis Main.

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lee Peltier.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin replaces Kei Kamara.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a through ball.

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

Foul by Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by József Varga.

Attempt missed. Noel Hunt (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

Attempt saved. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

József Varga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Attempt missed. Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Peltier with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Friend.

goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester32225559322771
2Burnley321712350262463
3Derby32187760402061
4QPR31168737251256
5Nottm Forest321413553351855
6Reading321481050371350
7Wigan31147103729849
8Brighton31121093327646
9Blackburn31121093835346
10Ipswich32111294337645
11Leeds31127124339443
12Watford321012104439542
13Middlesbrough32913104136540
14Huddersfield32117144044-440
15Sheff Wed31812113838036
16Birmingham3299143941-236
17Bournemouth3199133751-1436
18Blackpool32811132944-1535
19Bolton32712133749-1233
20Doncaster3279162848-2030
21Millwall32610163160-2928
22Charlton2969142438-1427
23Barnsley31511153051-2126
24Yeovil3167182747-2025
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