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Summary

  1. Middlesbrough remain unbeaten in league
  2. West Brom XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Galloway, Phillips, Yacob, Fletcher, Field, McClean, Rondon
  3. Boro XI: Guzan, Nsue, Gibson, Ayala, Barragan, Forshaw, Clayton, Stuani, Ramirez, Downing, Negredo
  4. Man City v West Ham (16:00)

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Well that isn't going to win any games of the season awards. Awful.

On a positive note, it has given me a new-found appreciation for watching Last of the Summer Wine on a quiet Sunday at my grandparents.

I'm off to watch four blokes push a bath around a village in Yorkshire. See ya.

'We need to freshen up'

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A bit more from West Brom boss Tony Pulis, this time speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought we were good for the first 25 minutes and the game drifted away for us. We are trying our socks off to get players who in can make the difference.

"This group of lads have worked really hard since I've been here but we need to bring a few people in to give us a lift. I'd rather talk to the other managers and then I'll talk about it with you guys.

"I've said before we need five players to come in for the group because there's players here we need to move on who aren't going to play. There's 14 or 15 players who were here two years ago when we were struggling near the bottom who are fantastic and work so hard. But we need to freshen up"

When asked if striker Saido Berahino would remain at The Hawthorns, Pulis added: "We'll see in the next 48 hours."

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West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "I thought we played really well the first 25 minutes, we didn't get a goal and then it petered out. There are 14 players here from when I took over two years ago, but we are desperately keen to get five players in. We need that bit of quality, we are working hard and hopefully we can do it. This is a great group of players but we are squeezing everything out of them."

'Performance not great but the spirit was'

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, speaking to Match Of The Day: "I was really pleased because every single point in the Premier League is important. I am pleased because after our defeat in the cup it was important to play well. We didn't play how we like to play but we played with great spirit. 

"It was a difficult game for both of us but a point is massive because in the Premier League every game is tough. To have five points on the table is good and we'd have taken that. Maybe today wasn't the best performance but the spirit was there.That's important. 

"I am pleased with the job the club has done because we had pre-season with almost all the squad. We have worked well but even with new players we are compact. As a manager you are always expecting a surprise near the deadline. Part of that surprise is that sometimes other clubs ask for our players. But I am really calm. The club has working and ready if something happens."

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Luke Cole: Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson: This is not an easy place to come and take a point. No most teams take 3.

'An important point'

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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka, speaking to Sky Sports: "It was an important point because after last Wednesday we played 120 minutes and lost the game. West Brom is a difficult place so I am pleased with the players. 

"The discipline was good and the second half in particular it was not easy to play the way we wanted. But if you keep this spirit we will win games. This team has been fighting to get into the Premier League. We have learned that you always have to be 100% in this league. I am pleased we have a break to recover before the international break with five points.

"Now we are five points on the table because the club has done well in the transfer market. I have almost the squad I wanted in pre-season. Now it's just about adding the right players because the squad is almost full. The market is the market and surprises can happen."

Post-match stats

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  • West Brom have gone six Premier League games at home without a victory for the first time under Tony Pulis (D2 L4). 
  • Middlesbrough have been involved in both of the PL games featuring the fewest shots on target this season (3 v Stoke City and 4 v West Brom).
  • Middlesbrough kept a clean sheet in a Premier League away game for the first time since October 2008 versus Wigan.
  • Under Tony Pulis, West Brom (8) have drawn more Premier League games 0-0 than any other team (10th January 2015 to present).
  • West Bromwich Albion have scored 55 goals in 59 Premier League matches under Tony Pulis (0.93 per game).
  • Jonathan Leko is the first Premier League player to be subbed on and then off again in the same game this season and the first since Joe Ledley vs Stoke in May 2016.
  • Daniel Ayala's booking on 68 seconds is the quickest this season in the PL and the quickest since Gary Cahill (44 seconds) versus Sunderland in May.

'I think we're happy'

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Boro midfielder Adam Forshaw, speaking to Sky Sports: "Maybe on another day we could have got the three points. Perhaps we could have got a few more crosses in the box and fed Alvaro Negredo a bit more. 

"But I think we're happy. We have more than matched the pace of the Premier League. We have been under the cosh at times but we're enjoying it."

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Xander Wingate: Albion could be in for a relegation fight at this rate. So little end product. Getting a rep for boring football is not good.

'We'd have snapped your hand off for this start'

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Middlesbrough captain Ben Gibson, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's important now that we've had three games unbeaten that we keep the momentum going. West Brom is not an easy place to come and we'll take that point. 

"I think we'd have snapped your hand off for the start we have had. There's an adaptation period in the Premier League compared to the Championship and we've done it well so far. We got into a winning mentality and have to carry that on."

Clean sheet kings

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West Brom have kept 23 clean sheets in the Premier League since January 2015, only Arsenal (27) and Manchester United (25) have kept more.

Fans, though, will want more than just clean sheets. They'll want to be entertained. Will Tony Pulis get his wish and be able to splash the cash before the transfer window shuts?

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Will Tony Pulis see any further signings come to the Hawthorns?

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Former Middlesbrough keeper Mark Schwarzer: "Middlesbrough will be more than happy with the result but not the performance."

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Well, it was dull but for Middlesbrough it was a hard-fought point and extends their unbeaten run to 13 games. They are sixth in the Premier League, while West Brom are 10th.

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Tom McCarron: When you are next having a bad day just think, at least I'm not a West Bromwich Albion fan

Simon Rigler: Who'd have thought West Brom v 'Boro would be a drab game?

Rob Millward: Have we just seen a contender for most boring Premier League match ever?

FULL-TIME

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All over...thankfully.  

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Viktor Fischer is on for the briefest of debuts as he replaces Cristhian Stuani. 

He will be angling for a quick touch of the ball...

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Four minutes of injury time and there's a glimmer of hope that we may yet see a goal as Salomon Rondon forces his way to the edge of the box before cutting the ball back for Saido Berahino. Promising, but the striker takes too long and is eventually tackled.

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Into the final minute and that sudden burst of excitement has taken its toll on the players. They have settled into the pattern of knocking the ball around in midfield once again.

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Stewart Downing's free-kick is cleared by the first man and West Brom charge up field. Salomon Rondon feeds Brendan Galloway inside the area and the full-back's ball across goal is cleared by Daniel Ayala, but not until after a bit of ping pong inside the Baggies box.

SUBSTITUTION

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There could be a decent finish to this game as Stewart Downing flashes an effort just wide of the far post. Both sides appear to be going for it now. 

Middlesbrough add some fresh legs to the attack as David Nugent replaces Gaston Ramirez. Six minutes to make an impact.

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Saido Berahino finds himself swimming in a sea of red when he gets the ball inside the Middlesbrough box as he closed down by a swarm of defenders. 

The visitors then break quickly up the other end to win a corner, from which there is a mighty scramble in the box, before Cristhian Stuani manages to poke a shot at goal, but Ben Foster is behind it.

YELLOW CARD

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Antonio Barragan gives away a free-kick and he ain't happy, running to the linesman and protesting the decision. He's shown a yellow as a result. Craig Gardner pings in the free-kick, but Middlesbrough clear.

West Brom's set pieces have been poor today.

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Final change of the game for West Brom as Craig Gardner replaces Sam Field. Solid debut from the 18-year-old. 

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Now then. A football match has broken out at the Hawthorns. Suddenly there is a bit more tempo to the play. Exciting finish on the cards?

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With 17 minutes left, Middlesbrough register their first shot on target as Antonio Barragan skips past several chances just inside the area before threading a pass to Cristhian Stuani, who bends a shot goalwards but Ben Foster is behind it. The West Brom keeper needs two bites of the cherry, though, having spilled his initial save. Probably taken by surprise at having to do something, to be fair.

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SUBSTITUTION

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Eventually, Saido Berahino comes on, but it is sadly Jonathan Leko who has to make way. He's done some damage to his leg after challenging for his first touch and can't continue.

A mixture of boos and claps as Berahino comes on. Could this be his last appearance in a West Brom shirt?

Saido Berahino replaces Jonathan Leko
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Jonathan Leko's appearance could be a short one. He gets the back of his leg clipped by the trailing leg of a Middlesbrough defender as he challenges for the ball and is limping...

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Jonathan Hind: Feel sorry for Dimi (Konstantopoulos) at Boro. Great record over 2 seasons then they pick worst keeper ever in Guzan.

GuardianoftheGlaxay: People think it's great that Pulis guarantees premiership football. I'd rather watch exciting football in the championship

Muhammed Owais Khan: Berahino is being destroyed by West Brom in last 2 seasons. He is not being sold and not being played for asking to be sold  

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What's going on there then? Saido Berahino is now sitting on the dugout steps, his brow furrowed in apparent frustration. 

Meanwhile, Claudio Yacob is booked for a foul on Gaston Ramirez.

SUBSTITUTION

Change for West Brom and it is 17-year-old forward Jonathan Leko who comes on for James McClean.

Saido Berahino stays on the bench for now, even though he is stripped and ready to go...

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Andrew Jarman-Norris: when the F1 is more interesting than the football then you know that you're in trouble.

Nick Bruzon: An hour gone and just nothing. This isn't even a game for the purists as more one for the insomniacs.

Andrew Yaxley: Did Mr Lat (14:40) not watch Eden Hazard last season? Burn out is not just for the English (Although sunburn may be). 

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...Matt Phillips scampers over to the corner flag. He whips it in and Craig Dawson meets it... but sends it just wide of the post.

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Matt Phillips shoots from distance. It's well hit, but strikes the back of a Middlesbrough defender and West Brom have a corner...

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Tony Pulis does not look a happy man on the touchline. He's not happy at being the second lowest spender so far in the transfer window and this game is perhaps highlighting why he wants to bring in players. No spark, no creativity.

West Brom manager Tony Pulis
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Given the lack of chances from open play, West Brom have to make the most of their set pieces. Sadly, they don't as Jonny Evans floats a ball into the box and Antonio Barragan hacks clear.

Saido Berahino is getting ready to come on...

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The Middlesbrough heatmap makes it look like the players are physically repelled by the West Brom area. They've barely stepped a foot inside it.

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Tim Sherwood: West Brom under Steve Clarke were an exciting team to watch with good prospects. Then Tony Pulis came and we get this travesty.

Jay: If I was a WB fan, I'd be thankful to Pulis for the chance to watch the likes of Aguero/Pogba/Ibra/Hazard at the Hawthorns.

Lat: Why is it that only English footballers seem to get "burnt out"?

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Gaston Ramirez is treading on dangerous territory. Moments after being booked, he goes in strong on Jonny Evans. Referee Anthony Taylor blows his whistle and wags his finger at Ramirez. You sense he won't be giving him many more chances.

Referee Anthony Taylor
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YELLOW CARD

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Gaston Ramirez gets in behind the West Brom defence but skews his shot side from a difficult angle.

The Middlesbrough forward is then booked for an earlier challenge on Brendan Galloway.