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Ref: Tony Harrington



The game saw a welcome point for Jonathan Woodgate’s side, but the Boro head coach was disappointed not to come away with all three points from the clash.

It was a game that saw chances come at both ends, but with Boro dominating the contest the longer it went on and turning in a strong away performance.

It was the first time for 106 league games that Boro had not started with Darren Randolph in goal, the Irishman missing out through injury to hand a Championship debut to Aynsley Pears.

The Boro keeper had a couple of routine saves to make during the first half, but it was a game that revolved more around the efforts that failed to hit the target from both sides.

The tone was set in the first few minutes when Paddy McNair sent in a delightful free-kick and Daniel Ayala headed over the bar. Moments later, at the other end, Karlan Grant headed a Trevor Chalobah cross over the top.

A McNair corner caused more problems for Huddersfield with a dangerous ball which eluded goalkeeper Ryan Schofield, while the Northern Ireland international also fired wide and over the top before half-time.

Both sides had their moments with the ball and Dael Fry was handed a yellow card after dragging Elias Kachunga to the ground when he would have had a run on goal.

George Saville made a great block after a poor clearance allowed Huddersfield another opportunity while Adama Diakhaby sent a free-kick just wide of Pears' left hand post.

Ashley Fletcher went close for the first time when he turned and sent a shot, which had Schofield scrambling to reach, just wide of the upright.

And the Boro striker went even closer after a Johnson cross was deflected to Schofield, who reacted well, but Fletcher was unable to keep his follow-up shot down and lifted it over the top.

Britt Assombalonga was introduced for the final 25 minutes and he was denied by a fantastic block as Boro mounted a push for the elusive goal.