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Leeds United 0-0 Middlesbrough: Championship's top two in forgettable draw

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Both Leeds and Middlesbrough failed to score in a Championship match for the first time this season

Leeds and Middlesbrough, the top two sides in the Championship table, played out a forgettable goalless draw at Elland Road.

Both teams had taken 13 points from their first five matches but cancelled each other out in a mediocre contest devoid of any rhythm and broken up by a constant stream of niggly fouls.

Middlesbrough went close with Jonny Howson's curling first-half shot, which was kept out by Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, while Britt Assombalonga headed over from a corner.

At the other end, Luke Ayling's header was cleared off the line by Boro's Adam Clayton.

Leeds remain above Middlesbrough on goal difference, while both clubs kept up their unbeaten Championship starts in 2018-19.

Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds had scored at least twice in each of their opening five league games, catching the eye with their intense pressing and quick passing style.

However, Boro managed to limit them to few opportunities on their way to a fifth successive Championship clean sheet.

They had a moment of panic in second-half stoppage time when Leeds were given a free-kick in a dangerous position, but Barry Douglas shot straight at goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

The visitors' main threat came from set-pieces and crosses into the box, but Ryan Shotton and Daniel Ayala sent headers off target and Leeds otherwise rarely looked like conceding.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:

"It's a fair result, it was very hard to build a game.

"We can be partly satisfied because we dominated the game, but conceding chances means at the end of the day the result is fair.

"The physical challenge was special and I think the more games we play like this, we'll be more ready to find solutions."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees:

"We knew it was going to be a tough game. We're two teams with momentum going their way.

"We've looked and studied the shapes Leeds use and their patterns. We worked very hard on making sure we filled certain spaces.

"The players have taken it on and there were only a few occasions where they had half a chance."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 1Peacock-Farrell
  • 2Ayling
  • 28BerardiBooked at 72minsSubstituted forJanssonat 88'minutes
  • 6CooperBooked at 78mins
  • 3DouglasBooked at 53mins
  • 23Phillips
  • 22HarrisonSubstituted forDallasat 90+2'minutes
  • 14SáizBooked at 34mins
  • 43Klich
  • 10Alioski
  • 7RoofeSubstituted forBamfordat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Bamford
  • 11Roberts
  • 15Dallas
  • 18Jansson
  • 20Pearce
  • 27Blackman
  • 34Baker

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 4AyalaBooked at 80mins
  • 24FlintBooked at 90mins
  • 20Fry
  • 5Shotton
  • 37BesicBooked at 54mins
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 62mins
  • 3Friend
  • 19Downing
  • 16Howson
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 11Hugill
  • 14McQueen
  • 17McNair
  • 26Wing
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
35,417

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home11
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Attempt saved. Barry Douglas (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Patrick Bamford (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateusz Klich.

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Stuart Dallas replaces Jack Harrison.

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Offside, Leeds United. Bailey Peacock-Farrell tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Patrick Bamford replaces Kemar Roofe.

Pontus Jansson (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Muhamed Besic with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Pontus Jansson replaces Gaetano Berardi because of an injury.

Delay in match Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Luke Ayling.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Gaetano Berardi.

Offside, Leeds United. Barry Douglas tries a through ball, but Liam Cooper is caught offside.

Booking

Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Muhamed Besic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Liam Cooper (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Cooper (Leeds United).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United).

Ryan Shotton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt blocked. Samuel Sáiz (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Kalvin Phillips.

Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Offside, Leeds United. Samuel Sáiz tries a through ball, but Ezgjan Alioski is caught offside.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds64201441014
2Middlesbrough642092714
3Bolton531166010
4Aston Villa523010739
5Blackburn52306429
6Derby53028719
7Sheff Utd53028719
8Brentford522110558
9Bristol City52217528
10Swansea52215418
11West Brom521213857
12Wigan521210827
13Nottm Forest51407617
14Sheff Wed521278-17
15Rotherham5203510-56
16Millwall512256-15
17Stoke512269-35
18Norwich5113811-34
19Hull511359-44
20Preston511337-44
21Birmingham503246-23
22QPR5104313-103
23Reading502347-32
24Ipswich502348-42
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