Middlesbrough 0-0 Blackburn Rovers: Boro winning streak comes to an end

Middlesbrough and Blackburn fought out a goalless draw in the Championship - a result that helped neither side.

The result left Rovers manager John Eustace still seeking his first win after nine games in charge, while Boro's failure to score ended their three-match winning streak.

Marcus Forss missed Boro's best chance in the first half but limped off with what looked like a hamstring injury, while Isaiah Jones was denied a late winner when his shot hit the crossbar.

Rovers remain deep in relegation trouble, just three points above the drop zone, and they missed a chance to get a huge win when Scott Wharton's second-half header led to a huge goalmouth scramble which Boro finally cleared.

Both teams really needed the victory - Boro to keep up the momentum of their outside challenge for a top-six place, nicely set up by wins over Norwich, QPR and Birmingham.

Blackburn are trying to keep in front of the relegation pack after just one win in their previous 16 league games.

Despite the scoreline it was not a dour encounter, with both teams creating chances right from the first whistle, when Boro striker Emmanuel Latte Lath forced returning Rovers keeper Aynsley Pears to save with his feet, and at the other end Championship top scorer Sammie Szmodics was denied by Seny Dieng.

The best chance of the first half fell to Forss, who was on the end of Luke Ayling's flicked header but could only shoot across the face of goal.

Rovers, who have now drawn seven and lost two since Eustace took over from Jon Dahl Tomasson last month, pushed for a winner in the second half as Sam Gallagher again forced Dieng to be alert, Szmodics headed Harry Pickering's free kick over and no-one could force the ball over the line in an almighty melee in the Boro box with 14 minutes left.

Boro also had a huge chance late in the game as winger Jones crashed a shot against the underside of the bar and substitute Sam Silvera, with the goal gaping in front of him, missed his kick from the rebound.