Middlesbrough produced a sublime defensive performance as Bournemouth produced one of the goalless football scores of the weekend in the Championship. The hosts missed a chance to put daylight between themselves and the chasing pack as they failed to find the back of the net. The point means that they have taken just two points from their last three matches.
Bournemouth’s Scott Parker: “I think that’s a big point, that’s how I see it. Of course, we wanted all three points but Boro are a well-organized team and we knew they would be hard to play against. We had a couple of little half-chances and Jefferson hit the bar and did not follow the ball in. Those are the fine margins we are working with but every game we play is another one ticked off. I think that’s a point gained. I was pleased with the second half and saw a group of men trying to win the game. They limited us to very few opportunities and I always felt the game would be tight.”
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We haven’t been given it so it’s ifs, buts, and maybes. I don’t think there was much in the game today at all. We’ve had a couple of chances, they’ve had a couple of chances. I think that epitomizes the game and maybe how the games are going to go from now until the end of the season. We’re delighted with the point. I believe that they will succeed in getting into the Premier League and for us to haul ourselves in and around the top six, which we are. That’s the aim. There’s a lot of football between now and the end of the season. I haven’t got a crystal ball – who knows what it’s going to take?”
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