Middlesbrough's hopes of avoiding the drop took another dent when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley in Saturday's Premier League clash at Riverside Stadium.
- Middlesbrough 0 Burnley 0
- Brady clips the bar
- Gestede battles without reward
- Heaton denies Negredo
- Keane escapes a red card
It was a contest devoid of quality in the final third with both outfits struggling to muster an attempt on goal in what was a dour first half.
Robbie Brady had a good chance in the second half but blazed over while Alvaro Negredo saw his attempt well saved by Tom Heaton. In the closing stages, Michael Keane was fortunate to escape a red card after bringing down Patrick Bamford.
The home team threw numbers forward in a desperate attempt to find a winner but there were no more real scares as it ended in a goalless stalemate at the Riverside.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) April 8, 2017
It was an opening 45 minutes devoid of clear openings although Robbie Brady did clip the bar with a 13th minute free kick that eventually bounced away to safety.
Rudy Gestede did have a few half chances although he lacked a little bit of fortune after some decent deliveries from Stuart Downing.
After the break, the action became a bit more lively and after a mistake by Antonio Barragan, Stephen Ward played a ball to Brady inside the area though he blazed over in the 57th minute.
Boro came close to taking the lead when Alvaro Negredo got on the end of a cross and his bicycle kick was well saved by Tom Heaton in goal in the 67th minute.
The visitors then had a free kick which went close but Brady's effort did not dip in time and ended up skimming the roof of the net in the 76th minute.
With six minutes to go, substitute Patrick Bamford burst through on goal and was clearly hauled down by Michael Keane outside the box as the last man though he only received a yellow card.