Middlesbrough blank leaves boss frustrated

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MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray admitted he was “disappointed and frustrated” as his sdie was held to a goalless draw by lowly Peterborough at the Riverside.

Boro had the best of what chances there were in a largely listless encounter, which saw neither side commit too much going forward.

The result halted Boro’s four-match losing streak but still leaves Mowbray’s side six points adrift of the top six in the npower Championship, where they had resided for much of the season until recently.

“There were a lot of positives but ultimately we are disappointed and frustrated because we didn’t win a game we dominated,” Mowbray said.

“The positives? A clean sheet which we haven’t managed in a while; some good passing football; some good individual displays; and we created a lot of chances.

“But we come away frustrated because that was match we feel we could have won if only we had converted one or more of those chances and we could have kickstarted our season.”

But despite remaining two wins from the play-offs, Mowbray believes Boro can still barge in.

“The rest of the teams just above us us are dropping points and it seems like they are waiting there for us to play catch-up,” he said.

“And we have some of these teams to play in the next few weeks so it is there for us if we can kick-start it.”

Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson was also taking the positives despite a result that sees his side remain in the relegation zone.

He said: “We weren’t at our best, particularly in the first half, but once got to grips with it we did well.

“When not at your best you have to battle away and we did. That’s seven unbeaten now and another point so that’s not to bad.

“They are a good team. It looks like their confidence has gone but that doesn’t mean they have become a bad team. They played well and caused us problems but we dealt with them well.

“We’ll find out at end of the season if that was a good point or not.”

Boro carved out some good chances but failed to hit the target.

They went close on 28 minutes as Scott McDonald laid the ball back from a corner for Sammy Ameobi to fire in a low effort that was well saved.

Then Ameobi tricked his way past his marker to chip inside for McDonald but the striker blazed his half-volley wide from eight yards.

At the other end Posh went close as Joe Newell headed a free-kick goalwards but Boro captain Rhys Williams nodded off the line.

After the break Boro surged forward repeatedly but McDonald and Josh McEachran had efforts saved before Faris Haroun and Ameobi both fired over from inside the box.

At the death Boro threatened again as Grant Leadbitter was barged over on the edge of the box and the ball rolled loose for Ameobi to blaze over.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Friend (Bailey 33), Bikey, Rhys Williams, Hoyte, Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran, Ameobi, McDonald (Carayol 68), Miller (Main 68). Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, McManus, Jutkiewicz.

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock, Zakuani, Knight-Percival, Rowe, Newell (McCann 46), Little, Ferdinand, Payne (Swanson 86), Tomlin, Gayle. Subs Not Used: Day, Brisley, Barnett, Cuvelier, Mendez-Laing.

Att: 13,683 Ref: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

 H Hull saw their hold on the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship cut to one point as nearest challengers Watford ran out 1-0 winners at the KC Stadium.

 Troy Deeney grabbed the only goal of the match with a well-taken effort from the edge of the area after 41 minutes as the Hornets piled the pressure on Steve Bruce’s Tigers, who now have the slimmest of leads to defend over the final six games of the season.

 Only one other goal was scored across three other Championship encounters, that coming at the Reebok Stadium as Bolton ran out 1-0 winners over Huddersfield.

 Chris Eagles scored the goal.