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Middlesbrough make it three consecutive scoreless draws

Middlesbrough continued their unbeaten run with a 0-0 draw at Reading. "We had the chances to win but they just didn't go in," Boro boss Mowbray said.

"We are now averaging two points a game and with that we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season. We are not head and shoulders above other teams but to supporters who say we are not scoring enough goals I say just look at the table.

"We try to win every game and we have got a few goals on the road this season.

"I thought it was decent game. We didn't get out of the blocks well and Reading started fast and were dynamic.

"We didn't win the match but the best chances fell our way. We hit the post twice and Scott McDonald had a great chance in the six-yard box that he put wide."

Reading boss Brian McDermott was pleased with his side's performance and the four match unbeaten run at the Madejski Stadium.

"We were right in the game, particularly in the first half. The shape of the side was good although Adam Federici did have to make a couple of good saves in the first-half.

"At the end I thought Adam Le Fondre might have tucked one away in the top corner.

"We had a lot of young players out there and we will get better.

"If you compare that performance to where we were a couple of weeks ago it was a huge improvement. Simon Church was a little bit unlucky early on with a left foot effort but the performances are starting to come.

"We will keep going and see where it takes us. I still enjoy coming to work although I have a massive headache now - literally.

"The players worked really hard for us to day and the fans always respond when they see the players doing that."

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