Saturday 17 October 2015, 3:00pm at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

27' Yellow Card

Carlos De Pena Card was given for a foul

64' Yellow Card

Tomas Kalas

79' Yellow Card

Grant Leadbitter Card was given for a foul

57' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Albert Adomah
Off:Carlos De Pena

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kike
Off:Diego Fabbrini

34' Yellow Card

Dan Burn Card was given for a foul

42' Yellow Card

Ryan Tunnicliffe Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Luke Garbutt Card shown to player for time wasting

77' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Joe Lewis
Off:Andy Lonergan

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Fredericks
Off:Ben Pringle

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Fulham gained an impressive point at Middlesbrough in a game that either side could have won but neither side was able to find the killer touch.

Fulham gained an impressive point away at high-flying Middlesbrough in a game that either side could have won, but neither was able to find the killer touch as the tie ended 0-0.

The Whites went close early on when Ross McCormack had a shot blocked with the net gaping, and could have won it at the death when the striker bent one over with minutes left on the clock.

The home side had their own chances too and came close when Stewart Downing whipped a shot just wide from the edge of the box, but the Whites defence stood up manfully to the home pressure to claim an excellent point on the road.

Manager Kit Symons was forced into making two changes ahead of the game. James Husband was ineligible against his parent side and Tim Ream was ruled out with injury. Dan Burn came into the heart of the defence, with Luke Garbutt making his first start for the Whites.

Fulham started on the front foot and McCormack fired a shot over early on after a good break from Lasse Vigen Christensen.

The Whites came within a whisker of taking the lead on eight minutes when Ryan Tunnicliffe pounced on miscertainty between the Boro defence and goalkeeper, and cut the ball back to McCormack with the goal wide open but Daniel Ayala got back to block with what looked like a trailing arm.

The Whites continued to press and, on the 15 minute mark, McCormack laid the ball off to Tunnicliffe who tested Dimi Konstantopoulos from long range but it was dealt with comfortably.

The home side created their first opening soon after when Downing's cross from the right found Diego Fabbrini arriving at the edge of the box, but he side footed his effort wide.

Grant Leadbitter then tried his luck from long range but his strike was deflected for a corner by Richard Stearman.

Boro came close when Carlos De Pena played a ball over the top of the Whites defence to find David Nugent but the striker could not connect fully with his effort and Andrew Lonergan gathered with ease.

The Whites had a chance to break the deadlock when McCormack blocked a clearance and laid it to Tunnicliffe. He played in Christensen but the Dane slipped at the vital moment and the danger passed.

De Pena picked up the first booking of the game after 26 minutes when he brought down Jazz Richards as Fulham attacked down the right, but the free-kick was too deep and evaded everyone for a goal kick.

Garbutt then took aim from 30 yards after being given the ball by Jamie O'Hara but his effort was wayward and did not trouble Konstantopoulos. Burn then went into the book on 33 minutes when he caught Nugent with a high foot to the chest. The resulting free-kick was well handled by Lonergan to relieve the pressure.

The Whites threatened on 36 minutes when Garbutt played in Christensen down the left but his dangerous ball was well collected by Konstantopoulos before the onrushing Moussa Dembélé could tap in. The home side counter attacked but De Pena's shot was easy for Lonergan.

Tunnicliffe then went into book for a lunge on Fabbrini as the Italian attacked down the right just before half-time.

Seconds after the restart, Stearman came to the Whites' rescue after a ball over the top found Nugent bearing down on goal but the centre-back blocked superbly.

Boro had another chance soon after when Leadbitter's corner found Ayala unmarked in the box but he headed tamely straight at Lonergan.

The strong start to the second half continued for the home side and George Friend fired an awkward long range effort that Lonergan gathered well.

The home fans thought they had taken the lead when Downing cut in from the right to fire a curling effort that hit the stanchion behind the goal to ripple the back of the net, the wrong side of the net for the home fans.

On 56 minutes the home side made the first change of the game with Albert Adomah replacing De Pena. The Whites had their first attack of the second half, just after the hour mark. Ben Pringle's cross from the left was cleared to Garbutt, and his effort was blocked. O'Hara gathered the loose ball and tried his luck from range but his shot was straight at Konstantopoulos.

Tomas Kalas was then shown a yellow card for dissent after the referee awarded a free-kick to the Whites in an attacking position. That riled the home fans and the home side responded as Adomah cut in from the right and fizzed a drive that Lonergan again collected without any problems.

The Whites responded and Garbutt did well on the left to find Tunnicliffe at the edge of the box, but the midfielder mis-hit his shot wide. Symons' side then had their best effort of the second half when a wayward clearance from Friend found McCormack at the edge of the box, who struck well but the shot was well saved by Konstantopoulos.

The home side came close on the 73 minute mark when Leadbitter's corner was met at the near post by Nugent but thankfully his flick-on went over Lonergan's goal. Shortly after, though, Fulham were forced into a goalkeeping change as Lonergan was unable to continue and Joe Lewis came on for his league debut with 14 to play.

The visitors were looking dangerous in attack and fired another warning shot as O'Hara shot over from range. Leadbitter found himself in the referee's notebook after he slipped and handled the ball as Pringle looked to break clear. The home side broke from the resulting free-kick and the ball found its way to Fabbrini on the edge of the box. His goalbound shot was heroically blocked by Richards for a corner.

Boro then threw on Kike to replace Fabbrini as they searched for the winner 10 minutes from time. Garbutt was the next name in the referee's notebook when he was shown a card for time wasting in the closing stages. Fulham made their second change of the game when Ryan Fredericks came on to replace Pringle on the 90 minute mark.

The Whites could have taken all three points at the death as Fredericks played in McCormack but the Scotsman bent his shot just over the bar with what would be the last chance of the game.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 17 October 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough
Attendance: 22,498

Referee: Peter Bankes

Middlesbrough

Line-up: Konstantopoulos; Kalas, Ayala, Gibson, Friend; Clayton, Leadbitter; Downing, Fabbrini (Kike 80'), De Pena (Adomah 57'); Nugent

Unused substitutes: Tomás Mejías, Stephens, Fry, Nsue Lopez, Forshaw

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Fulham

Line-up: Lonergan (Lewis 77'); Jazz Richards, Stearman, Burn, Garbutt; Christensen, Tunnicliffe, O'Hara, Pringle (Fredericks 90'); McCormack, Dembele

Unused substitutes: Hutchinson, Parker, Kacaniklic, Mattila, Woodrow

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Brighton and Hove Albion 11 25
2 Middlesbrough 11 21
3 Reading 11 21
4 Birmingham City 11 21
5 Burnley 11 21
6 Hull City 11 19
7 Derby County 10 17
8 Cardiff City 11 17
9 Sheffield Wednesday 11 16
10 Ipswich Town 11 16
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 15
12 Queens Park Rangers 11 15
13 Fulham 11 13
14 Nottingham Forest 11 12
15 Blackburn Rovers 11 11
16 Milton Keynes Dons 11 11
17 Huddersfield Town 11 11
18 Leeds United 11 11
19 Brentford 11 11
20 Charlton Athletic 11 10
21 Bristol City 11 10
22 Preston North End 11 8
23 Rotherham United 11 8
24 Bolton Wanderers 11 8
Goals
0
0
Total Shots
18
13
Shots On Target
6
3
Passing Accuracy
78%
75%
Fouls
10
5
Corners
6
1
Offsides
4
0
Bookings
3
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Middlesbrough (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Dimitrios Konstantopoulos
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 4Daniel Ayala
  • 6Ben Gibson
  • 3George Friend
  • 8Adam Clayton
  • 7Grant Leadbitter
  • 19Stewart Downing
  • 31Diego Fabbrini
  • 10Carlos De Pena
  • 35David Nugent
Substitutes
  • 13Tomás Mejías
  • 16Jack Stephens
  • 22Dael Fry
  • 24Emilio Nsue Lopez
  • 27Albert Adomah
  • 34Adam Forshaw
  • 9Kike
Manager
  • Aitor Karanka
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 5Richard Stearman
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 3Luke Garbutt
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 25Moussa Dembele
Substitutes
  • 12Joe Lewis
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 7Ryan Fredericks
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Sakari Mattila
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 90'+2' Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.
  • 90' Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Ben Pringle.
  • 88' Luke Garbutt (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 87' Hand ball by Kike (Middlesbrough).
  • 86' Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.
  • 85' Attempt saved. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.
  • 85' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Kike (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.
  • 80' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Diego Fabbrini.
  • 80' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.
  • 79' Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 79' Hand ball by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
  • 78' Attempt missed. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Pringle.
  • 77' Substitution, Fulham. Joe Lewis replaces Andy Lonergan because of an injury.
  • 76' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
  • 75' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 75' Delay in match Andy Lonergan (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 74' Attempt missed. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.
  • 74' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jazz Richards.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.
  • 72' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 72' Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).
  • 71' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 69' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross.
  • 68' Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.
  • 66' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Garbutt with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 64' Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.
  • 64' Luke Garbutt (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 64' Foul by Tomas Kalas (Middlesbrough).
  • 63' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Foul by David Nugent (Middlesbrough).
  • 63' Attempt saved. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 63' Attempt blocked. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Pringle.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 57' Substitution, Middlesbrough. Albert Adomah replaces Carlos De Pena.
  • 55' Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Fulham).
  • 55' Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 53' Foul by Ross McCormack (Fulham).
  • 53' Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.
  • 51' Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 50' Attempt saved. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Nugent.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross.
  • 48' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Fulham 0.
  • 44' Attempt blocked. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Carlos De Pena.
  • 43' Offside, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.
  • 42' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 42' Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).
  • 42' Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 41' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.
  • 35' Offside, Middlesbrough. Diego Fabbrini tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.
  • 34' Dan Burn (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 33' Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).
  • 33' David Nugent (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 32' Attempt missed. Luke Garbutt (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara.
  • 30' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 30' Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).
  • 27' Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 27' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 27' Foul by Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough).
  • 24' Attempt blocked. Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.
  • 23' Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Friend.
  • 20' Attempt saved. David Nugent (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos De Pena with a headed pass.
  • 18' Richard Stearman (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 18' Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough).
  • 17' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Richard Stearman.
  • 17' Attempt blocked. Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Fabbrini.
  • 15' Attempt missed. Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.
  • 14' Attempt saved. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 13' Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dan Burn.
  • 9' Foul by Ben Pringle (Fulham).
  • 9' Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.
  • 2' Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Foul by Diego Fabbrini (Middlesbrough).
  • 1' Offside, Middlesbrough. Grant Leadbitter tries a through ball, but David Nugent is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.