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Middlesbrough missed a host of chances at Wigan as Boro spurned the opportunity to go level on points with fourth-placed West Brom.

Britt Assombalonga missed a close-range chance after just nine minutes as he put Jonny Howson’s fizzing ball wide at the far post.

Wigan’s Sam Morsy forced Darren Randolph to pull off a good save midway through the first half.

Boro’s Ashley Fletcher spurned two excellent efforts after the break – the first hitting the side netting midway through the half – the second after Assombalonga had threaded him through and he had rounded the goalkeeper.

The draw means Boro remain two points off West Brom after they lost 4-0 at Leeds on Friday, although they keep their four-point gap to Bristol City after their 1-1 draw with Preston.

Wigan are now just three points off the relegation zone after Reading and Rotherham United both registered victories.

Boro could have been two goals up inside the first 10 minutes of a scrappy first half as Fletcher had an effort was superbly blocked by Chey Dunkley before Assombalonga’s miss.

A higher quality second half failed to deliver any goals as Leon Clarke had decent two efforts for Wigan before Fletcher’s two misses.

Wigan boss Paul Cook: “With the calibre of player they have, and the threat they pose, we knew there would be times where we had to defend. The lads did that relatively well, and the game has panned out pretty much how we expected.

“It was always going to need a flair player to produce a moment of magic to win the game, and neither team were able to do that.

“For any team to go five games unbeaten, you’re doing something okay. Having said that, obviously we would like some more points on the board.”

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis told BBC Tees: “I can’t fault the effort and the commitment. The quality of the chances we created was good but we didn’t take them.

“Four times we could have played people in but overplayed the pass and it’s that quality in the final third that we need to improve on, but it’s difficult to criticise them.

“There’s a long way to go in the season and we have got to give it our best. We’ve fallen short not on effort or commitment, but on quality.”

Courtesy : BBCSport