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Stoke 0-0 Middlesbrough: Jack Butland saves earn hosts point

Jordan Hugill
Jack Butland produced a fine save to deny Middlesbrough striker Jordan Hugill

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.

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 17ShawcrossBooked at 20mins
  • 5Williams
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4Allen
  • 38Woods
  • 8EteboSubstituted forBojanat 81'minutes
  • 7Ince
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forCrouchat 82'minutes
  • 19BerahinoSubstituted forMcCleanat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11McClean
  • 22Clucas
  • 23Martina
  • 24Fletcher
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Federici

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 6Batth
  • 24Flint
  • 3Friend
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 23mins
  • 37Besic
  • 19DowningSubstituted forWingat 73'minutes
  • 11Hugill
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forTavernierat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 31Lonergan
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
24,553

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

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

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Benik Afobe.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. James McClean replaces Saido Berahino.

Substitution

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

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing replaces Stewart Downing.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Muhamed Besic.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt missed. Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack Butland.

Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier replaces Martin Braithwaite.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Dael Fry.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough).

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Woods tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aden Flint.

Attempt saved. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Ince with a cross.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Aden Flint.

Attempt blocked. Martin Braithwaite (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stoke City 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Hand ball by Tom Ince (Stoke City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich169342417730
2Sheff Utd169252719829
3Middlesbrough16772178928
4Derby168442517828
5Leeds1576226121427
6Nottm Forest166822316726
7West Brom167453324925
8Blackburn166731920-125
9Swansea166551813523
10Birmingham165832017323
11QPR167271520-523
12Bristol City166462018222
13Brentford165652520521
14Aston Villa165652423121
15Stoke165651920-121
16Wigan156271822-420
17Sheff Wed165472130-919
18Rotherham164571322-917
19Millwall164481925-616
20Bolton164481122-1116
21Preston163672530-515
22Reading164392227-515
23Hull164391321-815
24Ipswich161781226-1410
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