Match ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.
Stoke City and Middlesbrough took a point each from a game of few clear-cut chances in the Championship.
There were only two efforts on target throughout the match, with the Potters' Tyrese Campbell shooting wide after being put through on goal.
Boro's Duncan Watmore slipped at the crucial moment when trying to tap the ball in, while team-mate Andraz Sporar smashed a volley over the bar in the second half.
Stoke remain in the play-off places in sixth, with Middlesbrough three places below them.
Mario Vrancic's half-volley was deflected off-target early on for the Potters, but it was the visitors who truly cursed their luck after an agonising miss saw Watmore fail to properly connect with a low cross from six yards out.
Vrancic then threaded the ball through for Campbell - a move which produced the opener in the Potters' previous game at QPR - but this time the striker was unable to find the net after rounding goalkeeper Joe Lumley.
At the other end, Sporar showed great skill to fire a shot at goal from a long ball over the top, but keeper Adam Davies gathered to make sure the score stayed level at the break.
The Slovenia international striker was then wasteful in sending his strike high and over after a brilliant cross from Boro substitute Onel Hernandez, as both sides were frustrated by their inability to break the deadlock.
Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:
"We won the ball back in the middle third of the pitch in good areas and we just probably didn't capitalise on that final ball at times.
"Tyrese gets in, he will be disappointed and maybe should have done a little bit better.
"That was the nature of the game. They probably had the clearest-cut chance that Watmore doesn't take.
"I felt second half, both teams sort of cancelled each other out."
Middlesbrough manager Chris Wilder told BBC Tees:
"We can be delighted with our day's performance. Joe has made a couple of good saves.
"We have missed a couple of good chances, to be a bit greedy from my point of view.
"But we have come to a team that has established Championship stroke Premier League players that are expected to go well.
"To come to their backyard and get a deserved result, in my opinion, is good for everybody."
- 6BatthBooked at 35mins
- 2SmithBooked at 72mins
- 8VrancicSubstituted forInceat 84'minutes
- 9FletcherSubstituted forSurridgeat 84'minutes
- 10CampbellSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
- 2DijksteelBooked at 10mins
- 25CrooksSubstituted forBambaat 71'minutes
- 11SporarSubstituted forIkpeazuat 89'minutes
- 18WatmoreSubstituted forHernándezat 74'minutes
- 23Léa Siliki
- Michael Salisbury
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.
Attempt missed. Sol Bamba (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Ince.
Foul by Sol Bamba (Middlesbrough).
Sam Surridge (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Andraz Sporar.
Offside, Stoke City. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Sam Surridge is caught offside.
Foul by Marc Bola (Middlesbrough).
Jacob Brown (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Offside, Middlesbrough. Jonny Howson tries a through ball, but Onel Hernández is caught offside.
Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Surridge replaces Steven Fletcher.
Substitution, Stoke City. Tom Ince replaces Mario Vrancic.
Attempt missed. Andraz Sporar (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Onel Hernández with a cross.
Substitution, Stoke City. Jacob Brown replaces Tyrese Campbell.
Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mario Vrancic (Stoke City).
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Onel Hernández replaces Duncan Watmore.
Tommy Smith (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Marc Bola (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
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