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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:

"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."



Formation 4-4-2

  • 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


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


Formation 3-5-2

  • 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


  • 11McClean
  • 13Nicholls
  • 14Gómez García-Penche
  • 16McArthur
  • 29Maynard
  • 30Kiernan
  • 31Browning
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Match Stats

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    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

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

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    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by József Varga.

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    Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by József Varga.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Maynard (Wigan Athletic).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

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

  11. Booking

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

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

  14. Post update

    Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Nicky Maynard replaces Nick Powell.

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

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Mustapha Carayol.

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    Foul by Stephen Crainey (Wigan Athletic).

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