Sky Bet Championship
Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday
A goalless draw meant that Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday shared the points in the Championship at the Riverside Stadium last night.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis made three changes to the side that were knocked out of the FA Cup by Brighton at the weekend with Britt Assombalonga, Grant Leadbitter and Stewart Downing coming into the side in place of Ashley Fletcher, Adam Clayton and Martin Braithwaite.
Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand made six changes following Saturday’s 3-1 victory at home to Reading in the FA Cup.
Middlesbrough started the game well, and came incredibly close in the 12th minute when Patrick Bamford’s header on the end of Adama Traore’s ball was just kept out by keeper Joe Wildsmith.
Boro’s lively start didn’t materialise however, and Sheffield Wednesday grew into the game. They came close in the 39th minute when Lucas Joao beat a defender and his shot forced a good save from Darren Randolph to his left.
The visitors came close again in the third minute of added time when George Friend gifted the ball to Ross Wallace, who fired just wide of the mark from long range.
Middlesbrough played much better in the second half, and should’ve scored four minutes into the half when Daniel Ayala’s goalbound header from a corner hit Assombalonga and went wide as a result.
15 minutes later, the hosts came incredibly close when Ben Gibson headed against the post on the end of a free kick.
Sheffield Wednesday only really threatened in the 73rd minute when Joel Pelupessy’s powerful long range effort went just over the bar.
Tony Pulis’ side continued to pile the pressure on Wednesday, and came close six minutes from time when Downing’s powerful shot went just wide following a corner.
Boro’s last real chance of the game, which they really should’ve taken, came in the 87th minute when Ayala’s header from a corner bounced over.
The result puts Middlesbrough three points off the play-offs in 8th, while Sheffield Wednesday sit in 16th.
Middlesbrough: Randolph, Shotton, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Howson (Clayton 79), Leadbitter, Downing, Traore, Bamford (Gestede 79), Assombalonga (Braithwaite 79).
Subs not used: Konstantopoulos, Fletcher, Fry, Christie.
Sheffield Wednesday: Wildsmith, Venancio, Pudil, Thorniley, Palmer, Butterfield (Boyd 66), Reach, Pelupessy, Fox, Wallace (Nielsen 90+1), Joao (Nuhiu 73).
Booked: Thorniley and Reach
Subs not used: Hunt, Jones, Rhodes and Dawson.