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Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Patrick Bamford
Goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith played in his third consecutive goalless draw in the Championship for Sheffield Wednesday

Promotion-chasing Middlesbrough were held to a goalless draw by Sheffield Wednesday at the Riverside.

Boro dominated the game, having seven shots on target to Wednesday's one, but could not get past Joe Wildsmith.

Ben Gibson hit the inside of the post from a set piece, while Patrick Bamford, Ryan Shotton and Daniel Ayala all also went close with headers.

Stuart Downing volleyed narrowly wide and Ayala bounced a late header over but Wednesday held on for a point.

Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay has now drawn all three of his Championship games 0-0 since his appointment as manager earlier this month, although he has won two FA Cup fixtures.

His side were on the back foot throughout at the Riverside, with Wildsmith forced into making a good save from Bamford's back-post header.

Tony Pulis' side threatened from set pieces but Gibson's header rolled along the goal line after striking the post and Wednesday survived two goalmouth scrambles.

Boro stay eighth, three points off the play-off places, while the Owls move up a place to 16th despite not having recorded a league win since 26 December.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis told BBC Tees:

"We created enough opportunities and enough chances to win the game. I thought at times we played some good football even when we were chasing the game.

"The club has invested a lot of money in the front line and we need them to come to the party.

"Everybody has got to understand that if you don't score goals, whether they're created for you or whether they can create their own opportunities, our aspirations are not going to be what we want them to be."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"After 90 minutes we must say it was a difficult game for us.

"In the second half, Middlesbrough were stronger than us. We lost the ball too fast and we had to do more defending.

"In our situation, we are always happy when we can play away and take one point. In the first half what I saw was very good, but in the second half we were losing the ball too fast."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 16HowsonSubstituted forClaytonat 79'minutes
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 19Downing
  • 37Traoré
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 79'minutes
  • 11BamfordSubstituted forGestedeat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 18Fletcher
  • 20Fry
  • 22Christie
  • 39Gestede

Sheff Wed

  • 28Wildsmith
  • 46Venâncio
  • 36Pudil
  • 39ThornileyBooked at 11mins
  • 16Palmer
  • 8ButterfieldSubstituted forBoydat 66'minutes
  • 20ReachBooked at 87mins
  • 32Pelupessy
  • 6Fox
  • 33WallaceSubstituted forNielsenat 90+1'minutes
  • 18Lucas JoãoSubstituted forNuhiuat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hunt
  • 3Jones
  • 7Rhodes
  • 17Nuhiu
  • 21Boyd
  • 25Dawson
  • 35Nielsen
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
24,120

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home21
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Attempt saved. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Frederik Nielsen replaces Ross Wallace.

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a header from very close range. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Frederico Venâncio.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Frederico Venâncio.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Adam Reach.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by George Friend.

Attempt missed. Ross Wallace (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Joey Pelupessy.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Jonny Howson.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Martin Braithwaite replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Patrick Bamford.

Attempt missed. Adam Reach (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Thorniley.

Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt blocked. George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

Attempt blocked. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joey Pelupessy (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Morgan Fox (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu replaces Lucas João.

Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt saved. George Boyd (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Reach.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. George Boyd replaces Jacob Butterfield.

Jacob Butterfield (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Shotton (Middlesbrough).

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

goal

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