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Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

By Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at the Goldsands Stadium
Lewis Grabban
Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth's three-match winning run ended as they drew a blank against fellow mid-table side Middlesbrough.

Cherries top scorer Lewis Grabban had a first-half effort disallowed for a foul on keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Boro rarely threatened, but striker Lee Tomlin blazed over the bar when well placed just before the interval.

Konstantopoulos preserved a point for the visitors with second-half saves from Simon Francis and Andrew Surman as the hosts searched for a winner.

It was not to be for Eddie Howe's side - but they did record a fourth successive clean sheet.

The first half was devoid of many clear-cut chances but hinged on two decisions by referee Frederick Graham.

First, Boro captain Grant Leadbitter kicked out at Matt Ritchie after the ball had gone, following a clash near the touchline, but was only booked.

Then just before half-time, Konstantopoulos was robbed by Grabban, who rifled the ball into the net from an acute angle only to see the effort ruled out for a foul on the Greek.

Bournemouth stepped up a gear after the break, while Boro, whose last away win was against Blackpool in January, sacrificed Tomlin - who missed his side's best chance before the interval - for a fifth midfielder before the hour mark.

Ritchie thumped a cross-shot against the post and Konstantopoulos tipped over Francis's 25-yard drive before being called upon again to claw away Surman's measured effort from the edge of the box as Aitor Karanka's side held on for a hard-earned point.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"We did everything we could to win that game. Middlesbrough were dogged opponents.

"It shows how far we've come this season that we are saying that we are disappointed only to draw with Middlesbrough.

"They showed us a lot of respect. We knew we would have to be at our best to break them down. We did not have that elusive chance."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said:

"At least we have a point. Bournemouth had more chances and played very well, so we have to be pleased.

"We need do more, we need to play better. The difference between us home and away is difficult for me to understand why.

"I would have like us to have rewarded the fans who travelled 300 miles to watch us with some goals."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'KaneBooked at 73mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forPughat 68'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 9Grabban
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forRantieat 88'minutes
  • 21CoulibalySubstituted forFraserat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 28Rantie

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 8Varga
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterBooked at 19minsSubstituted forLedesmaat 76'minutes
  • 22Gibson
  • 25OmeruoBooked at 90mins
  • 27Adomah
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 41mins
  • 9Graham
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forChalobahat 58'minutes
  • 19CarayolSubstituted forMainat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 6Butterfield
  • 11Ledesma
  • 14Williams
  • 23Main
  • 24Chalobah
  • 36Atkinson
Referee:
Fred Graham
Attendance:
9,710

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

  5. Booking

    Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  7. Post update

    Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

  9. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Mustapha Carayol.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Andrew Surman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  18. Post update

    Lee Camp (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Danny Graham (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester35255568333580
2Burnley362013359312873
3Derby36189960431763
4QPR35189843281563
5Wigan341771045311458
6Nottm Forest361415755411457
7Reading3615111056411556
8Brighton351511939281156
9Ipswich361312114642451
10Blackburn351310124344-149
11Watford3512121152411148
12Bournemouth351210134451-746
13Middlesbrough361015114438645
14Leeds35128154851-344
15Huddersfield36128164750-344
16Sheff Wed351012134342142
17Bolton36913144652-640
18Blackpool36911163152-2138
19Birmingham36910174351-837
20Doncaster36910173254-2237
21Millwall36711183262-3032
22Charlton32611152441-1729
23Yeovil3578203052-2229
24Barnsley35611183162-3129
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