Peterborough missed out on a chance to move out of the Championship relegation zone after a goalless draw at play-off hopefuls Middlesbrough.

The visitors are one point adrift of safety after stretching their unbeaten run to seven Championship matches.

The draw ends Boro's four-match losing streak but still leaves Tony Mowbray's side six points adrift of the top six.

Sammy Ameobi spurned their best chance close to the end, while Joe Newell and Lee Tomlin went closest for Posh.

Middlesbrough spent around four months of the season in a play-off spot but have dropped out of the top six after a horror run of just two wins in 15 matches since the turn of the year.

After a cagey opening, Boro midfielder Grant Leadbitter forced visiting goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik into a smart save midway through the first half.

Justin Hoyte and Rhys Williams also went close as the home side continued to press in a dominant performance before the break.

Peterborough looked to catch Middlesbrough on the break, with Newell blasting wide of the near post after combining with Dwight Gayle in a neat build-up.

Darren Ferguson's men improved after the break as Tomlin launched a shot towards, before Olejnik fumbled Josh McEachran's effort behind at the opposite end.

And on-loan Newcastle striker Ameobi fired over the bar in the dying stages as the hosts had to settle for a point.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray:

"There were a lot of positives but ultimately we are disappointed and frustrated because we didn't win a game we dominated.

"We feel we could have won if only we had converted one or more of those chances and we could have kick-started our season.

"We have to play some of the teams above us in the next few weeks so the play-offs are there for us if we can kick-start it."

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson:

"We weren't at our best, particularly in the first half, but once we got to grips with it we did well.

"When not at your best you have to battle away and we did. That's seven unbeaten now and another point so that's not too bad.

"We'll find out at end of the season if that was a good point or not."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bikey
  • 04 Friend (Bailey - 33' )
  • 14 Williams
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 16 McEachran
  • 38 Haroun
  • 08 Sa Ameobi
  • 27 McDonald (Carayol - 68' )
  • 30 Miller (Main - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 06 McManus
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 10 Bailey
  • 17 Jutkiewicz
  • 19 Carayol
  • 23 Main

Peterborough

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 03 Alcock
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 19 Little
  • 14 Rowe
  • 17 Newell (McCann - 46' )
  • 18 Ferdinand
  • 20 Knight-Percival
  • 26 Payne (Swanson - 86' )
  • 08 Tomlin
  • 34 Gayle

Substitutes

  • 13 Day
  • 04 Brisley
  • 07 Swanson
  • 11 McCann
  • 38 Cuvelier
  • 44 Mendez-Laing
  • 09 Barnett
Ref: Salisbury
Att: 13,683

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

5 7

Corners

6 6

Fouls

10 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:35 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:05

Shot by Danny Swanson missed to the left of the net.

90:00 +1:53

Unfair challenge on Craig Alcock by Mustapha Carayol results in a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:40

Sammy Ameobi takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

87:14

Danny Swanson fouled by Grant Leadbitter, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Swanson.

85:41 Substitution

Substitution Danny Swanson replaces Jack Payne.

85:41

Dwight Gayle has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

83:35

Josh McEachran produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

81:44

Faris Haroun takes a shot. Jack Payne gets a block in.

79:39

Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Tommy Rowe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

78:29

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann.

77:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Alcock on Grant Leadbitter. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

76:38

Lee Tomlin takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

75:09

Faris Haroun produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

73:31

Grant Leadbitter takes a inswinging corner.

71:41

Faris Haroun concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant McCann. Lee Tomlin has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

70:44

Grant Leadbitter has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

68:38

Mustapha Carayol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kane Ferdinand. Direct free kick taken by Robert Olejnik.

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Ishmael Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Curtis Main.

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Mustapha Carayol comes on in place of Scott McDonald.

64:37

Nathaniel Knight-Percival takes a shot. Rhys Williams gets a block in.

63:32

Mark Little takes a shot. Nicky Bailey gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Grant McCann, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.

62:23

The referee gives a free kick against Nicky Bailey for handball. Direct free kick taken by Lee Tomlin.

61:12

Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.

60:26

Unfair challenge on Josh McEachran by Mark Little results in a free kick. Josh McEachran takes the direct free kick.

59:18

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

58:23

The ball is delivered by Mark Little, save by Jason Steele.

57:47

Faris Haroun challenges Kane Ferdinand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Alcock.

56:44

Dwight Gayle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams. Free kick taken by Josh McEachran.

56:09

Justin Hoyte is caught offside. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

54:29

Sammy Ameobi produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

53:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Alcock by Sammy Ameobi. Craig Alcock takes the direct free kick.

52:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Alcock by Nicky Bailey. Craig Alcock restarts play with the free kick.

52:17

Unfair challenge on Sammy Ameobi by Grant McCann results in a free kick. Sammy Ameobi takes the direct free kick.

49:38

Grant McCann takes a shot from 20 yards. Save by Jason Steele.

47:47

Josh McEachran takes a shot. Save made by Robert Olejnik.

46:18

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Payne on Sammy Ameobi. Free kick taken by Josh McEachran.

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Grant McCann on for Joe Newell.

45:00 +1:18 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:42

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Clearance made by Craig Alcock.

41:21

Lee Tomlin crosses the ball, save made by Jason Steele.

39:35

Joe Newell fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

36:54

Craig Alcock takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

36:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Tommy Rowe. Tommy Rowe takes the direct free kick.

35:10

Faris Haroun produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

32:03 Substitution

Substitution George Friend goes off and Nicky Bailey comes on.

30:51

Sammy Ameobi crosses the ball, save by Robert Olejnik.

29:19

Faris Haroun produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

26:46

Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter, Sammy Ameobi takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

25:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ishmael Miller. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

24:29

Corner taken by Lee Tomlin from the left by-line.

23:31

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin, Jason Steele makes a save.

22:35

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Joe Newell from the right by-line.

21:56

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Tomlin from the left by-line, George Friend manages to make a clearance.

17:24

Andre Bikey takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.

16:30

The ball is delivered by Justin Hoyte, clearance by Craig Alcock. Outswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line.

14:43

Justin Hoyte has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

13:12

Dwight Gayle is caught offside. Free kick taken by Andre Bikey.

12:24

Inswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter, save by Robert Olejnik.

10:55

Andre Bikey concedes a free kick for a foul on Dwight Gayle. Shot on goal comes in from Dwight Gayle from the free kick, Jason Steele makes a save.

9:24

Effort from inside the area by Ishmael Miller misses to the right of the goal.

8:41

Lee Tomlin challenges Andre Bikey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.

7:33

Outswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the right by-line, Rhys Williams produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

5:39

Effort from the edge of the box by Joe Newell goes wide of the left-hand post.

4:11

A cross is delivered by Justin Hoyte.

3:18

The referee blows for offside against Ishmael Miller. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

2:42

Sammy Ameobi fouled by Nathaniel Knight-Percival, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Josh McEachran.

1:38

Grant Leadbitter crosses the ball, clearance made by Nathaniel Knight-Percival.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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