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Posted Fri 20 Jun 14 at 10:51 AM

Cherries earn point at Middlesbrough

The Cherries returned from Middlesbrough with a well earned point after the battle between first and second ended 0-0 at the Riverside.

Real chances were few and far between as the Sky Bet Championship's two in-form sides cancelled each other out on Teesside.

Eddie Howe made one change to the side that started five consecutive league games, with Yann Kermorgant favoured over Brett Pitman for the spot just behind Callum WIlson.

Boro dominated the early parts of the game, with Lee Tomlin causing the Cherries defence all sorts of problems. The former Peterborough man found himself in space to shoot after two separate mazy runs, the first was held by Artur Boruc, and the second deflected wide.

Adam Reach went one better and beat the Polish international from 25-yards, but his thunderous effort came back off the woodwork, much to the relief of the Cherries' defence.

The visitors grew into the game as the half went on, with Matt Ritchie the beneficiary of two separate pieces of good build up play. Callum Wilson unselfishly squared to Marc Pugh and the winger's cross found Ritchie inside the Boro penalty area, but his hooked volley was held easily by Dimi Konstantopoulos. 

Minutes later the Greek stopper pulled off a much less routine save when Ritchie thundered a volley towards goal from 18 yards. It may have been straight at Konstantopoulos, but strong hands were needed to tip the wide-man's powerful effort over the bar.

As the half drew to a close, referee Simon Hooper dished out bookings for Simon Francis and Adam Clayton for two separate incidents, and Harry Arter saw an audacious 25 yard volley go inches wide of the upright.

Wilson spurned a glorious opportunity ten minutes into the second period when a Middlesbrough clearance went awry. The ball ricocheted off an unwitting Ritchie on the edge of the Boro penalty area and into the path of October's Championship Player of the Month, but Wilson's toe-poke cleared Konstantopoulos' bar.

In a tense second half, few chances fell to either side to take all three points. The introduction of Albert Adomah caused the Cherries problems down the right, but he couldn't forge a real effort on goal. Reach came closest five minutes before the end but his long range effort dipped over the bar. 

Marc Pugh's bobbling shot from the edge of the area was dealt with by Konstantopoulos, and both sides had to settle for a point and one place lower in the Sky Bet Championship.

Boro: Kontantopoulos, Fredericks, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Reach, Leadbitter, Clayton, Wildschut (Kike h/t), Tomlin (Vossen 80), Bamford (Adomah 68).

Mejias, Vossen, Nsue, Whitehead, Kike, Adomah, Veljkovic.

Booked: Clayton.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Pugh, Arter, Surman, Ritchie (Fraser 74), Wilson, Kermorgant (Pitman 74). 

Subs: Camp, Smith, Harte, Gosling, Pitman, Fraser, Rantie.

Booked: Francis, Arter, Fraser.

Attendance: 22,930 (397).

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