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Middlesbrough 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton striker Chris O'Grady
Brighton striker Chris O'Grady has scored only one league goal for Brighton this season

Middlesbrough dropped to fourth in the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Brighton.

Brighton's Chris O'Grady spurned the best chance of an uneventful match when he turned Greg Halford's cross over from six yards.

The result means Middlesbrough will travel to Brentford in the play-off semi-final first leg on Friday 8 May at 19:45 BST.

Brighton, who had little to play for, finish the season in 20th place.

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Hughton on Middlesbrough v Brighton

The dour draw ended Middlesbrough's six-match winning home streak in front of a crowd of 33,381 - the biggest of the season at the Riverside Stadium.

Chris Hughton's visitors enjoyed the better of the early stages but both Gordon Greer and Lewis Dunk fluffed their lines in front of goal after deliveries from Dale Stephens set-pieces.

Boro wasted their best chance of the first half when left-back Fernando Amorebieta stole possession from Joe Bennett on the half-way line and charged at Brighton before pulling back to Kike.

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Karanka on Middlesbrough v Brighton

But the Spaniard's first touch took him away from goal and the Seagulls were able to clear.

Brighton should have taken the lead with 20 minutes to go when former Sunderland defender Halford broke down the wing and crossed into the box but O'Grady blazed over the bar from close range.

Kike was guilty of another missed opportunity in the closing stages when a loose ball fell kindly to him in the area but he but scuffed his shot wide.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka: "It's not important who we play against in the play-offs, but we need to improve because the last few performances weren't good.

"We were expecting an amazing game with the fans behind us. We have another game at home to thank our fans for this season. We have to prepare as well as we can.

"It's been an amazing season and we can't forget now we have to prepare well and be more together than ever to go into the play-offs in a positive way. Promotion is in our hands."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "We were desperate to give a good account of ourselves.

"I wanted the game to mean as much to us as it did to Boro. As an away side, we did really well. We could have nicked it with a couple of late chances, and it looked like it would be one individual flash of brilliance that would win it.

"Overall a draw was a fair result and I was pleased to finish the season on a positive."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 32TiendalliBooked at 34minsSubstituted forNsueat 59'minutes
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 29Amorebieta
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 8Clayton
  • 34ForshawSubstituted forVossenat 59'minutes
  • 10TomlinSubstituted forReachat 73'minutes
  • 27Adomah
  • 9Kike

Substitutes

  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 19Carayol
  • 20Reach
  • 21Vossen
  • 22Omeruo
  • 24Nsue

Brighton

  • 31Walton
  • 33Halford
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 6Stephens
  • 24InceSubstituted forCalderonat 79'minutes
  • 28Kayal
  • 18Forster-CaskeyBooked at 87minsSubstituted forTilleyat 90+5'minutes
  • 11O'GradySubstituted forMackail-Smithat 72'minutes
  • 25Lua Lua

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 19Best
  • 22Holla
  • 32Tilley
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
33,381

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. James Tilley replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt saved. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Mackail-Smith.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Attempt missed. Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Booking

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón replaces Rohan Ince.

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough).

Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kike (Middlesbrough).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Lee Tomlin.

Delay in match Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Chris O'Grady.

Attempt missed. Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Greg Halford with a cross.

Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jelle Vossen (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Chris O'Grady (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Dwight Tiendalli.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jelle Vossen replaces Adam Forshaw.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Kike is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross.

Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Lewis Dunk.

goal

As It Stood

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2Watford462781191504189
3Norwich4625111088484086
4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich4622121272541878
7Wolves4622121270561478
8Derby4621141185562977
9Blackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton461418145460-660
13Sheff Wed461418144349-660
14Nottm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham461116194667-2146
22Millwall46914234276-3441
23Wigan46912253964-2539
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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