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Wigan Athletic 0-0 Middlesbrough: Boro fail to break down Wigan

Britt Assombalonga
Britt Assombalonga had scored four goals in his previous four away games for Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough missed a host of chances at Wigan as Boro spurned the opportunity to go level on points with fourth-placed West Brom.

Britt Assombalonga missed a close-range chance after just nine minutes as he put Jonny Howson's fizzing ball wide at the far post.

Wigan's Sam Morsy forced Darren Randolph to pull off a good save midway through the first half.

Boro's Ashley Fletcher spurned two excellent efforts after the break - the first hitting the side netting midway through the half - the second after Assombalonga had threaded him through and he had rounded the goalkeeper.

The draw means Boro remain two points off West Brom after they lost 4-0 at Leeds on Friday, although they keep their four-point gap to Bristol City after their 1-1 draw with Preston.

Wigan are now just three points off the relegation zone after Reading and Rotherham United both registered victories.

Boro could have been two goals up inside the first 10 minutes of a scrappy first half as Fletcher had an effort was superbly blocked by Chey Dunkley before Assombalonga's miss.

A higher quality second half failed to deliver any goals as Leon Clarke had decent two efforts for Wigan before Fletcher's two misses.

Wigan boss Paul Cook: "With the calibre of player they have, and the threat they pose, we knew there would be times where we had to defend. The lads did that relatively well, and the game has panned out pretty much how we expected.

"It was always going to need a flair player to produce a moment of magic to win the game, and neither team were able to do that.

"For any team to go five games unbeaten, you're doing something okay. Having said that, obviously we would like some more points on the board."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees: "I can't fault the effort and the commitment. The quality of the chances we created was good but we didn't take them.

"Four times we could have played people in but overplayed the pass and it's that quality in the final third that we need to improve on, but it's difficult to criticise them.

"There's a long way to go in the season and we have got to give it our best. We've fallen short not on effort or commitment, but on quality."

Line-ups

Wigan

  • 23Jones
  • 21Kipre
  • 22DunkleyBooked at 33mins
  • 6Fox
  • 2Byrne
  • 36Evans
  • 12James
  • 5Morsy
  • 20NaismithSubstituted forJacobsat 62'minutes
  • 28ClarkeSubstituted forGarnerat 81'minutes
  • 10WindassSubstituted forPilkingtonat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 11Massey
  • 13Pilkington
  • 17Jacobs
  • 30Olsson
  • 40Evans
  • 41Garner

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 4AyalaBooked at 21mins
  • 5Shotton
  • 20Fry
  • 16HowsonBooked at 79mins
  • 2Mikel
  • 37BesicSubstituted forDowningat 67'minutes
  • 22Saville
  • 26Wing
  • 9AssombalongaSubstituted forTavernierat 81'minutes
  • 18FletcherSubstituted forHugillat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 8Clayton
  • 11Hugill
  • 17McNair
  • 19Downing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 29van La Parra
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
12,726

Match Stats

Home TeamWiganAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away15
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Wigan Athletic 0, Middlesbrough 0.

Hand ball by Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic).

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dael Fry.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Michael Jacobs.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier.

Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt saved. Anthony Pilkington (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Joe Garner replaces Leon Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Marcus Tavernier replaces Britt Assombalonga.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jordan Hugill replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Booking

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Michael Jacobs (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Reece James (Wigan Athletic).

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Anthony Pilkington replaces Josh Windass.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Cedric Kipre (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Reece James (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces Muhamed Besic.

Attempt missed. Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Wing with a through ball.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Michael Jacobs replaces Kal Naismith.

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Saville.

Attempt missed. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kal Naismith.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Kal Naismith.

Kal Naismith (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Evans with a cross.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lewis Wing.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dael Fry.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich35209671452669
2Leeds35207859382167
3Sheff Utd34197859342564
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough341513638241458
6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby34149114342151
8Birmingham35121495345850
9Nottm Forest35121494740750
10Hull35148135048250
11Aston Villa35111596153848
12Preston351212115449548
13Swansea34138134542347
14Sheff Wed341211114148-747
15Brentford3412101258461246
16Stoke351014113742-544
17Blackburn351111134755-844
18QPR35126174255-1342
19Wigan3499163347-1436
20Millwall35810173853-1534
21Reading35712163751-1433
22Rotherham35615143756-1933
23Bolton3568212255-3326
24Ipswich35312202759-3221
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