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Leeds United’s Jack Butland stars in Championship stalemate at Middlesbrough
10:42am Monday 24th February 2014 in Sport
LEEDS United boss Brian McDermott was happy to escape with a point from his side’s goalless draw at Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
Boro enjoyed the best chances at the Riverside Stadium but failed to beat an in-form Jack Butland and their all time, all competition barren run now extends to ten and a quarter hours.
McDermott hailed Butland’s performance after the ’keeper made some crucial blocks from Danny Graham and Kei Kamara.
“That’s a positive point for us,” he said. “Middlesbrough made it difficult for us and had some good chances.
“But Jack Butland was outstanding, the back four were excellent and the whole team put in a good shift.
“When we become a good side, a side capable of challenging in this division, then maybe we could have nicked that game 1-0 but we are not quite where we want to be as a team yet.
“But we kept a clean sheet and showed resilience, we just need to find that bit extra in the final third.”
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka insists “the goals will arrive”.
“Yes, it is six games without a goal and for that I am disappointed,” Karanka admitted.
“I am always disappointed if we do not win.
“We can not become obsessed by the goal.
“We must just continue to play the best way we can as a team and will create chances and the moment will come.”