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John Murray reports
"As goalless draws go, this one was really entertaining"
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Saturday, 26 February, 2000, 18:45 GMT
Boro contain spirited Leeds

The match was a series of inconclusive skirmishes
Middlesbrough 0-0 Leeds

Leeds produced the lion's share of the chances, but failed to breach Middlebrough's defence as their Riverside Stadium clash ended goalless.

It was nonetheless an entertaining match and remained scoreless only through the thickness of the woodwork.

Leeds still trail Premiership leaders Manchester United by six points after Sir Alex Ferguson's side failed snatched a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.


The referee defused a stand-off
Lee Bowyer came closest to breaking the deadlock for the visitors, hitting both the bar and the upright. He actually netted in a frantic first half, but it was ruled offside.

Even the dismissal of Boro's Gianluca Festa for a second bookable offence in the space of two minutes came too close to the end of the match to inspire a breakthrough.

The home side's best chance came courtesy of Hamilton Ricard, who also hit the post with a first-half header that forced goalkeeper Nigel Martyn to save on the rebound.

Bryan Robson's injury crisis deepened before kick-off when captain Paul Ince failed a late fitness test . Neil Maddison stepped up from the bench.

Leeds missed Gary Kelly, Eirik Bakke and Matthew Jones through suspension, with Danny Mills, Alf-Inge Haaland and David Hopkin stepping into the side.

The match was nearly marred by a fighting, but a tense stand-off was defused by the intervention of referee Uriah Rennie and other players. Leeds are already facing a misconduct charge for a brawl with Spurs.

Teams:

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Fleming, Festa, Pallister, Cooper, Ziege, Juninho, Maddison, Summerbell, Campbell, Ricard.
Subs: Vickers, Beresford, Armstrong, Stockdale, Cummins.

Leeds: Martyn, Mills, Woodgate, Radebe, Harte, Haaland, Hopkin, Bowyer, Wilcox, Smith, Kewell.
Subs: Bridges, Huckerby, Robinson, Duberry, Maybury.

Referee: U Rennie (Sheffield)
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