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Blackburn Rovers 0-0 Middlesbrough

Alex Baptiste and Kike
Middlesbrough's Spanish striker Kike has scored seven goals this season

Middlesbrough were held to a goalless draw by play-off hopefuls Blackburn.

Boro looked the most likely to open the scoring in a scrappy first half and home keeper Simon Eastwood made good saves from Jelle Vossen and Adam Reach.

Eastwood saved well from Kike after the break before the Spanish striker hit the post from outside the area with Patrick Bamford firing the rebound on to the top of the bar.

Rovers striker Rudy Gestede almost scored a late winner for the hosts.

He powerfully met Craig Conway's corner in stoppage time only for Boro skipper Grant Leadbitter to clear his effort off the line.

With Ipswich not playing until Tuesday, the visitors knew that a win would have taken them into the second automatic promotion place but they struggled to build any real momentum in a fiercely competitive game.

Middlesbrough came close to taking an early lead but Eastwood did well to come off his line and smother Adam Reach's effort.

Rovers, looking for just a second win in six matches, improved as the half progressed and midfielder Ben Marshall went close with a free-kick before Jordan Rhodes saw a looping header graze the crossbar.

However, they were indebted to two fine saves from Eastwood to keep the scores level at the break.

The 25-year-old kept out Vossen's powerful shot before stopping a header from the same player on the goal-line, with Boro boss Aitor Karanka appealing the ball had crossed the line.

Boro introduced Chelsea loanee Bamford as a second-half substitute and he missed his side's best chance when he fired just over after Kike's shot came back to him off the post.

A number of injury stoppages meant that nearly eight minutes of additional time were played at the end of the game with Gestede's header the closest anyone came to winning it.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer: "Mr Karanka's just offered me £200m for Eastwood!

"He's done brilliantly for us. He's played two games and we haven't lost so that's something for me to look at.

"I don't think we're getting enough credit for what we're trying to do here. It's a long season and this club has got to get through January, which is a big month for us."

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "It should be three points. Again, it's the same story when we play against Blackburn. I've been here for one year and we have played against them three times and three times the man of the match was the keeper. I don't know if it's a coincidence.

"We've not had a lot of chances and haven't played much better than them but we've had three or four clear chances to score today."

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Baptiste
  • 22Duffy
  • 5Hanley
  • 14OlssonSubstituted forCairneyat 33'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 17WilliamsonSubstituted forTaylorat 83'minutes
  • 25TunnicliffeBooked at 90mins
  • 12Marshall
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeBooked at 51mins

Substitutes

  • 4Kilgallon
  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 10Cairney
  • 16Varney
  • 19Taylor
  • 34Kean

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 18WhiteheadBooked at 45mins
  • 4AyalaBooked at 90mins
  • 6GibsonBooked at 21mins
  • 3Friend
  • 33WildschutSubstituted forBamfordat 59'minutes
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 29VeljkovicSubstituted forClaytonat 90+1'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 21VossenSubstituted forTomlinat 63'minutes
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 8Clayton
  • 10Tomlin
  • 22Omeruo
  • 23Bamford
  • 24Nsue
  • 27Adomah
  • 40Mejias
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
22,340

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  7. Booking

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Milos Veljkovic.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  15. Booking

    Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Post update

    Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth24146454252948
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Middlesbrough24127538172143
4Derby23126544232142
5Watford24125743261741
6Brentford2412484035540
7Norwich24107744291537
8Wolves2410772833-537
9Blackburn249873533235
10Nottm Forest2471073333031
11Charlton2361342425-131
12Cardiff248793235-331
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Birmingham248792737-1031
15Bolton2485112631-529
16Reading2485113040-1029
17Fulham2384113541-628
18Huddersfield2477103142-1128
19Rotherham2451182130-926
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2458112440-1623
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2428141841-2314
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