Match ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.
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.
- 17ShawcrossBooked at 20mins
- 15Martins Indi
- 8EteboSubstituted forBojanat 81'minutes
- 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 82'minutes
- 19BerahinoSubstituted forMcCleanat 82'minutes
- 8ClaytonBooked at 23mins
- 19DowningSubstituted forWingat 73'minutes
- 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forTavernierat 65'minutes
- Robert Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.
Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).
Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Clayton.
Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.
Attempt missed. James McClean (Stoke City) header from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Ince.
Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bojan.
Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.
Substitution, Stoke City. James McClean replaces Saido Berahino.
Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Peter Etebo.
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.
Benik Afobe (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Benik Afobe (Stoke City).
George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing replaces Stewart Downing.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.