Championship: Leeds 0-0 Middlesbrough – Boro miss chance to go top

first_img1 Elland Road protest Middlesbrough missed the opportunity to return to the top of the Championship after a goalless draw with Leeds United at Elland Road.Jordan Rhodes thought he had given his new side the lead in the first half but his header was ruled out for the ball going out of play.Leeds’ best chance came later in the second period but they were denied by a fantastic Dimi Konstantopoulous stop.Ben Gibson saw red in the final minute of normal time for a second yellow card with the result meaning Hull remain top by a single point.There was a protest against owner Massimo Cellino as fans projected messages onto the side on Elland Road calling for the Italian to leave then club.However, it did not appear to effect the players as Boro started poorly when first Mirco Antenucci and then Stuart Dallas went close inside the opening six minutes for the hosts.Middlesbrough came back into it when Gaston Ramirez nearly set up Rhodes but Marco Silvestri denied the Scot a goal on his first start for the club.And Rhodes thought he had found the net after 20 minutes but Richie de Laet was judged to have taken the ball out of play as he crossed for the former Blackburn Rovers star.After the break, both sides turned far more defensive with every cross powerfully headed away by both sides.Boro finally had a clear chance at goal but Christian Stuani fired his volley into the groundand harmlessly over the post.Stuani had another chance moment later after good work from Rhodes, but the Uruguayan nodded the ball over the bar.Leeds nearly snatched the lead with less than 20 minutes left but Souleymane Doukara’s header was magnificently palmed away by Konstantopoulous to keep the scores level.Gibson saw red in the 88th minute for a second bookable offence but Middlesbrough managed to hang on with Leeds’ protest against owner Cellino dominating proceedings.last_img read more