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Published: 15:49 | 28/8/16

West Brom and Middlesbrough share spoils


West Brom and Middlesbrough shared the spoils as they drew 0-0 in an uneventful game at The Hawthorns.

Despite both sides feeling like the game was a good opportunity to claim all three points, the two managers will be relieved not to have lost.

Craig Dawson had Albion’s best opportunity when his header flew just wide from a well-directed Matt Phillips corner.

‘Boro struggled to create any chances and did not register their first shot on goal until the 70th minute.

Tony Pulis has come under scrutiny with his style of play and today’s result and performance will only highlight this to West Brom’s new owners and despite keeping the Baggies in the Premier League over the last season and a half, the fans and owners will look for progression in terms of attacking performances.

Aitor Karanka shares many of Pulis’ defensive beliefs and no doubt the Spaniard would have been delighted to come away with a clean sheet and a point.

Middlesbrough now lie sixth in the league and play Crystal Palace at home in their next fixture, West Brom are 10th and will travel to Bournemouth.

It was the home side who started the game with more possession despite not been able to create any real clear-cut chances in the opening stages.

Pulis' men pressed Middlesbrough early on, forcing them to make a number of mistakes at the back, although the Baggies were unable to capitalise on them.

James McClean looked like a real threat out on the left-wing at times, but seemed to fade away as the half-time whistle approached.

‘Boro grew into the game and started to look more comfortable towards the end of the half, all to no avail as they struggled to provide lone-striker Alfredo Negredo with any service.

The second half started with both sides struggling to get a foothold in the game and it was looking like it might take a set-piece or a mistake to separate the teams.

West Brom youngster Jonathan Leko was forced off through injury ten minutes after coming with Saido Berahino replacing him, Pulis hoping the maverick striker can score his first goal of the season

Both sides ran out of steam in the closing stages and had to settle for a point each, a result that favours Karanka over Pulis.

With the transfer window about to shut, Pulis will be looking to add more attacking quality to his side and has said he might be looking to add up to five players.

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