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Stoke 0-0 Middlesbrough: Jack Butland saves earn hosts point

Jordan Hugill
Jack Butland produced a fine save to deny Middlesbrough striker Jordan Hugill

Middlesbrough missed the chance to go back to the top of the Championship following an entertaining goalless draw at Stoke.

Gary Rowett's Potters created numerous clear-cut chances but failed to breach the most watertight defence in the English Football League - who have conceded just eight league goals so far this season.

Stoke's front three of Benik Afobe, Tom Ince and Saido Berahino all had decent chances to find the back of the net.

Home goalkeeper Jack Butland made excellent saves to deny Jordan Hugill and Jonny Howson as the visitors pushed for a late winner.

Boro would have gone back to the top of the second tier with a win after Sheffield United lost at Nottingham Forest earlier in the day but they now sit third behind the Blades and new leaders Norwich, who thumped Sheffield Wednesday 4-0.

Despite the lack of goals there was plenty of attacking endeavour from both sides, with Martin Braithwaite and Stewart Downing both forcing good saves from Butland in the first half, while Boro goalkeeper Darren Randolph had to be alert to keep out a Ryan Shawcross header.

Hugill should have put Tony Pulis' men ahead when he was played in on goal but England goalkeeper Butland did well to get out and divert his effort around the post.

Randolph prevented a cross from substitute James McClean reaching fellow sub Peter Crouch as the two teams had to settle for a point apiece.

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 20mins
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4Allen
  • 38Woods
  • 8EteboSubstituted forBojanat 81'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 82'minutes
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forMcCleanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11McClean
  • 22Clucas
  • 23Martina
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 6Batth
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 23mins
  • 37Besic
  • 19DowningSubstituted forWingat 73'minutes
  • 11Hugill
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forTavernierat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 31Lonergan
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
24,553

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).

  4. Post update

    Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) header from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Ince.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bojan.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. James McClean replaces Saido Berahino.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Peter Etebo.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lewis Wing following a fast break.

  14. Post update

    Benik Afobe (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).

  17. Post update

    George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing replaces Stewart Downing.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.