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Turf Moor (ATT 12,394) 19th February 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: K Wright

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Championship: Stumbling Middlesbrough draw 0-0 with Burnley at Turf Moor

Last Updated: 19/02/13 11:01pm

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Charlie Austin: Missed Burnley's best opportunity of the evening

Charlie Austin: Missed Burnley's best opportunity of the evening

Middlesbrough continued their struggle to find that illusive promotion form as they played out a goalless draw at Burnley on Tuesday night.

Middlesbrough spent the vast majority of the 90 minutes at Turf Moor on the back foot, with goalkeeper Jason Steele saving well from Charlie Austin and Dean Marney in the first half.

But Burnley, 10th in the table and seven points behind their opponents with a game in hand, could not turn their dominance into the required amount of clear-cut chances.

Top scorer Austin spurned their best opening of the second period before Boro produced a late rally with substitutes Mustapha Carayol and Curtis Main to the fore.

Steele was at full-stretch to turn Austin's first-time effort from the edge of the box behind after Brian Stock's shot from a Junior Stanislas corner was blocked by McManus.

Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier exerted his influence throughout the opening stages, glancing the roof of the net with a free-kick before cleverly beating Middlesbrough defender George Friend to loft a ball just beyond his onrushing team-mates.

The insipid nature of Boro's first-half display was in keeping with a side on such a dismal run, but Burnley were unable to fashion a clear opportunity until Marney met Trippier's near-post cross with a fine header that Steele was equal to.

The game's outstanding performer began the second half with a skilful burst into the box that was robustly but fairly ended by Steele, resulting in a period of treatment.

A Middlesbrough attempt on goal finally materialised with an hour played. Carayol drew a foul and a yellow card from Kevin Long and Grant Leadbitter drove wide from the resulting free-kick.

Recalled Boro full-back Nicky Bailey hacked down Chris McCann in an even more inviting position, coming perilously close to conceding a penalty, but Trippier curled past the post.

Austin handed Boro a let-off in the 78th minute when he fired over on the angle from close range.

He might have paid for his profligacy as Main bundled Carayol's cross past the near post before volleying onto the roof of the net.

Carayol gave Burnley goalkeeper Lee Grant his first serious work of the evening in stoppage time with a swerving, dipping long-ranger that was tipped over.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Watford 34 62
4 Bournemouth 34 60
5 Ipswich Town 33 60
6 Norwich City 33 59
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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