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Riverside Stadium (ATT 13,683) 2nd April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: G Salisbury

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Peterborough United Peterboro

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Championship: Middlesbrough and Peterborough draw 0-0 at the Riverside

Last Updated: 02/04/13 10:30pm

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Olejnik: Clean sheet for Peterborough

Olejnik: Clean sheet for Peterborough

Peterborough picked up a valuable point in their battle for Championship survival as they drew 0-0 at Middlesbrough.

Darren Ferguson's men stay 23rd but are now just one point from safety, having played a game more than 21st-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

The result halted Boro's four-match losing streak but still leaves Tony Mowbray's side six points adrift of the top six, where they had resided for much of the season until recently. They have taken just eight points from a possible 45 since the turn of the year.

Ferguson's Peterborough extended their unbeaten run to seven league matches with another battling performance.

Both sides looked fully aware of the rewards of claiming all three points and looked rather cagey in the opening exchanges.

Grant Leadbitter went closest to opening the scoring for the hosts midway through the half but was denied by a fine stop by Posh stopper Bobby Olejnik.

Boro continued to press forward and twice went close through efforts from Justin Hoyte and Rhys Williams before the visitors finally responded.

Craig Alcock led the charge as Ferguson's men looked to play on the counter but the full-back could not find a way past Luke Steele.

The hosts have suffered a torrid time with injuries throughout the season and were dealt another blow as they lost George Friend to a hamstring injury before the break.

Despite the setback, Boro remained the more positive of the two sides and again went close when Scott McDonald mis-hit from 18 yards.

Peterborough came out fighting after the break and fired a warning shot through Lee Tomlin before Olejnik fumbled Josh McEachran's effort behind at the opposite end.

Much like the first half, it was end-to-end with both sides going for broke in periods but ultimately frustrating one another.

Newcastle loanee Sammy Ameobi squandered Boro's best chance to win it at the death, summing up an evening of errant finishing from both sides.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 12 24
2 Derby County 12 23
3 Middlesbrough 12 23
4 Norwich City 12 21
5 Nottingham Forest 12 21
6 Ipswich Town 12 20
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 20
8 Charlton Athletic 12 19
9 Bournemouth 12 18
10 Brentford 12 18
11 Sheffield Wednesday 12 17
12 Cardiff City 12 16
13 Blackburn Rovers 12 16
14 Leeds United 12 15
15 Rotherham United 12 15
16 Reading 12 15
17 Huddersfield Town 12 15
18 Millwall 12 13
19 Wigan Athletic 12 11
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 12 11
21 Birmingham City 12 11
22 Fulham 12 10
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 8
24 Blackpool 12 6

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