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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:

"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."



Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 17Brown
  • 18Tonge
  • 20Smith
  • 24Zaliukas
  • 26Poleon
  • 33Cairns
  • 36Mowatt
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Leeds United 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jimmy Kébé (Leeds United).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Matt Smith replaces Noel Hunt.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by George Friend.

  14. Post update

    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.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma replaces Jacob Butterfield.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

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

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