Middlesbrough and Leicester put on a pretty average Premier League show to draw 0-0 at the Riverside Stadium on Monday afternoon.
- Middlesbrough 0 Leicester City 0
- Goalless at the break
- Four shots on target for both teams
- Leicester move up to 14th
- Huth receives MOTM award
In a game that lacked any real quality, Boro and the Foxes settled for a scoreless draw in their second game in 48 hours respectively.
Full-time: Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester City pic.twitter.com/SGsUcXiFBU
— Leicester City (@LCFC) January 2, 2017
The first half produced nothing noteworthy, as Aitor Karanka's side failed to record a single shot on target.
The visitors, who've been poor all season during their title defence, started in an unfamiliar 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation as they looked to nullify Boro's midfield possession game.
However, the tactical set-up spoiled the match for the neutrals as no real goalscoring opportunities were on show for the entire 90 minutes.
Adama Traore's performance on the right wing epitomised the outcome, beating his marker Christian Fuchs at every time of asking but failed to deliver one decent cross, or even find a team-mate with a pass.
However, in the second half the introduction of George Friend, for Antonio Barragan, which saw Fabio move to right-back, seemed to ignite the home team. His tireless hard-tackling and relentless forays down the line livened up the Riverside and his team-mates acted accordingly.
But despite his industry, Alvaro Negredo, in the lone striker's role, never had a sniff at goal.
In a game where the Foxes were there for the taking, Karanka will have been disappointed for not giving Negredo more support, with goal-poacher Jordan Rhodes and Christian Stuani remaining on the bench.
However, with Claudio Ranieri's men moving up to 14th place, they'll be pleased for the second clean sheet in consecutive outings – with Robert Huth receiving the man-of-the-match award.
Boro remain 16th with their ninth draw on their return to the English top flight.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) January 2, 2017