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Leeds United 0-0 Middlesbrough

By Gary SmeeBBC Sport
Mirco Antenucci
Leeds have drawn five of their last nine league games

Middlesbrough missed the chance to go top of the Championship as they were held to a goalless draw by Leeds United at Elland Road.

Before kick-off Leeds fans projected images on to one of the stands urging chairman Massimo Cellino to quit.

And there was little to cheer during the game as Leeds' best chance saw Souleymane Doukara's header saved.

Boro's Jordan Rhodes missed when clean through, before team-mate Ben Gibson saw red for two yellow cards late on.

Rhodes, a £9m signing from Blackburn, was handed his first start by Aitor Karanka, but shot straight at Marco Silvestri first time when he perhaps should have taken an extra touch midway through the second half.

The Scotland striker, who had scored five goals in his past four appearances against the Whites, had a first-half header ruled out after the ball was deemed to go out of play before Ritchie De Laet put in the cross and also nodded wide late on.

All of the focus before the match was once again off the pitch as home supporters urged Cellino to sell his 75% share in the club.

Massimo Cellino projection
Protests from Leeds supporters lit up Elland Road

Several images lit up the East Stand including 'Time to go Massimo' and 'Billy [Bremner] wouldn't accept this… so why should we? Sell the club' and remained on show during the match.

Cellino agreed in principle to sell his majority share to supporters' group Leeds Fans United at the end of last October, but changed his mind a week later. Numerous protests against the Italian businessman have taken place since.

Middlesbrough are now without a win in five games and remain one point behind leaders Hull in second, while Leeds stay 16th.

'Supporters are the lifeblood of every club'

Leeds manager Steve Evans said: "It's not my job to get involved with supporters.

"I think supporters are quite rightfully the lifeblood of every club. I am a Glasgow Celtic supporter and Glasgow Celtic supporters are the lifeblood of that club.

"Leeds United supporters are long here before any owner arrives or head coach, manager, player, and they will be here for a long time after.

"But our supporters want to see performances on the pitch. That's what disappoints them more than anything."

Jordan Rhodes
An unmarked Jordan Rhodes heads wide
Ben Gibson
Ben Gibson is given his marching orders a minute from full-time
Massimo Cellino projection
The second image mentioned Leeds United legend Billy Bremner

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 4Wootton
  • 5BellusciBooked at 82mins
  • 6Cooper
  • 21Taylor
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 16DiagouragaBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMurphyat 90+3'minutes
  • 15DallasSubstituted forMowattat 71'minutes
  • 23L Cook
  • 11Doukara
  • 7AntenucciSubstituted forErwinat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bamba
  • 8Murphy
  • 10Mowatt
  • 19Erwin
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 31Coyle
  • 45Peacock-Farrell

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 22Fry
  • 6GibsonBooked at 89mins
  • 5de Laet
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 25mins
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 18StuaniSubstituted forNugentat 67'minutes
  • 21RamírezSubstituted forAdomahat 67'minutes
  • 19Downing
  • 9RhodesSubstituted forKalasat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10De Pena
  • 16de Sart
  • 25Agazzi
  • 26Kalas
  • 27Adomah
  • 34Forshaw
  • 35Nugent
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,424

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a headed pass.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Scott Wootton (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Leeds United. Luke Murphy replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Dael Fry.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lee Erwin (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Toumani Diagouraga.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Tomas Kalas replaces Jordan Rhodes.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United).

  13. Post update

    David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Toumani Diagouraga (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Lee Erwin (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Taylor with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Liam Bridcutt (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).