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Middlesbrough 0-0 Rotherham United: Leaders Boro held by Millers

Britt Assombalonga of Middlesbrough has his shot saved by Marek Rodak
Britt Assombalonga (right) spurned Boro's best second-half chance

Championship leaders Middlesbrough were held by a Rotherham side who picked up their first away point of the season.

In an even first half Boro's Darren Randolph saved Ryan Williams' close-range shot, while Martin Braithwaite went through one-on-one for the hosts but finished tamely.

Rotherham soaked up more pressure after the break, Britt Assombalonga failing to connect from five yards after Stewart Downing's effort was spilt.

The Millers came closest to a winner when Michael Smith's 20-yard strike was tipped over by Randolph.

Tony Pulis' Boro stay top on goal difference after second-placed Sheffield United drew at home to Stoke, while Rotherham move three points clear of the relegation zone.

The home side had 65% possession at the Riverside and 20 shots to their opponents' eight, but hit the target just five times as Paul Warne's side defended well in his 100th game as boss.

First-half misses from Williams and Braithwaite came within a minute of each other, with Randolph's stop particularly impressive on his 400th club appearance.

Boro threw on Jordan Hugill and Rudy Gestede as they chased a goal, but Rotherham survived a series of late corners to avoid defeat.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis told BBC Tees:

"We had 49 crosses - I don't know how many times we hit the near post.

"Martin Braithwaite's chance in the first half, you've got to finish those chances and then it's a different game.

"The problem we've got is the top end of the pitch and I keep saying, we're getting into really good positions and those opportunities are not being turned into chances."

Rotherham manager Paul Warne told BBC Sheffield:

"I'm really proud - we asked them to play with a bit of courage, and you've got to come here and quieten the crowd.

"I thought we defended really well, the lads gave everything they could physically and even if we'd have conceded late on I'd have still been really proud of their performance.

"Late on I thought we were going to nick it - if we'd have nicked a goal at the end that would've been pretty amazing."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 4Ayala
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 17McNairSubstituted forMcQueenat 72'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 8Clayton
  • 37Besic
  • 19Downing
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forGestedeat 72'minutes
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forHugillat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 6Batth
  • 11Hugill
  • 14McQueen
  • 20Fry
  • 22Saville
  • 39Gestede

Rotherham

  • 1Rodák
  • 2Vyner
  • 5Ajayi
  • 15Robertson
  • 3Mattock
  • 4VaulksBooked at 48mins
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forWilesat 61'minutes
  • 13Towell
  • 17Manning
  • 19VassellSubstituted forFordeat 82'minutes
  • 24SmithSubstituted forProctorat 90+5'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wood
  • 7Forde
  • 8Palmer
  • 9Proctor
  • 12Price
  • 22Newell
  • 25Wiles
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
21,235

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home13
Away7
Fouls
Home6
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Rotherham United 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Rotherham United 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Jamie Proctor replaces Michael Smith.

Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Will Vaulks.

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Smith.

Attempt missed. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson with a cross.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Semi Ajayi.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Anthony Forde replaces Kyle Vassell.

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

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Michael Smith (Rotherham United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kyle Vassell.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Ryan Manning (Rotherham United) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Martin Braithwaite.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Sam McQueen replaces Paddy McNair.

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kyle Vassell.

Foul by Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough).

Joe Mattock (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a set piece situation.

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Rotherham United).

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Smith (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Ben Wiles replaces Ryan Williams.

Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough14752167926
2Sheff Utd148242316726
3West Brom1373331181324
4Norwich147341917224
5Leeds1365223111223
6Derby136341714321
7Blackburn145631719-221
8Swansea145541511420
9Birmingham144821613320
10Wigan146261618-220
11QPR146261419-520
12Nottm Forest134721815319
13Bristol City135441714319
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford134632015518
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton134451116-516
19Millwall143471623-713
20Rotherham143471020-1013
21Reading143381923-412
22Preston132471925-610
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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