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Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Middlesbrough

James Coppinger

Doncaster played out a goalless draw with Middlesbrough to extend their unbeaten run to four games and move five points clear of the Championship relegation zone.

The hosts dominated the first half but chances were few before Boro's Emmanuel Ledesma shot wide.

James Coppinger's effort was saved by Boro keeper Shay Given and Chris Brown missed a glorious close-range chance.

Brown also had a volley cleared off the line in injury time but Boro held on.

It was a third consecutive game where Aitor Karanka's team have failed to score and they slipped to nine points off the Championship play-off places.

But with Middlesbrough playing with a lone striker, their safety-first tactics paid off as they recorded a second successive clean sheet.

They looked more menacing in the second half but were unable to find the net in a game in which both defences finished on top.

Doncaster had a definite edge and grew in confidence as the first half progressed with Coppinger heading wide early on and having a later shot deflected wide.

Middlesbrough improved after the break and should have gone ahead when Grant Leadbitter produced a superb throughball for Ledesma to race on to but he placed his shot just wide of the mark.

Coppinger had a fierce angled drive saved at the second attempt by Given in the 57th minute.

But Doncaster's on-loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone did not make his first save until three minutes later when he held on to a header from Curtis Main at the near post following good work by Ledesma.

Both sides went close in a frantic finish with Brown twice denied a winner.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov said:

"I thought we had the better of it but a draw was probably a fair result overall.

"It was a scrappy match and it was hard to get the ball down and play because of the conditions.

"Middlesbrough are a good team and we knew they would be dangerous on the break but I thought we posed more of a threat overall."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said:

"It was difficult for both sides in the windy conditions. But when you can't play you need to fight and we didn't do that.

"When you don't play and you don't fight it makes it difficult to win the game and is an embarrassment for our supporters. We have a huge away following. People came to support us and we didn't play for them like we should.

"Doncaster were better than us at fighting for the ball and, in the circumstances, I'm happy to get a point."

Line-ups

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17Tamas
  • 3Husband
  • 18KeeganSubstituted forFurmanat 45'minutes
  • 14Khumalo
  • 20Méité
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19WellensBooked at 36mins
  • 10Sharp
  • 9Brown
  • 7DuffySubstituted forCotterillat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Quinn
  • 4Furman
  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 30Peterson
  • 31Stevens

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-5-1

  • 12Given
  • 25Omeruo
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 26AyalaSubstituted forKamaraat 88'minutes
  • 22Gibson
  • 11Ledesma
  • 24Chalobah
  • 23MainSubstituted forGrahamat 64'minutes
  • 6ButterfieldSubstituted forWhiteheadat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Carayol

Substitutes

  • 8Varga
  • 9Graham
  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 15Hines
  • 18Whitehead
  • 29Kamara
  • 34Brobbel
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
11,440

Match Stats

Home TeamDoncasterAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Doncaster Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Husband (Doncaster Rovers).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  7. Booking

    Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  9. Post update

    Delay in match Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Graham.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Daniel Ayala.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

    Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.