Neil Warnock’s Boro side maintained their fine Championship form to clock up a 10th game unbeaten with a 0-0 draw at Brentford.
It was a sixth clean sheet in seven games for Warnock’s warriors and they now head into the second international break of the season on the back of a terrific start to the season.
Warnock will be delighted with the progress his side continue to make and will be equally glad of the break.
Boro were without George Saville due to a family emergency, Lewis Wing replaced him, and Chuba Akpom came in for Britt Assombalonga as Warnock rotated his strikers once again.
Warnock had spoken of Brentford’s attacking threat, but his players nullified the threat of their opponents to the extent that the hosts only created one chance before half-time.
That came when Josh Dasilva worked himself an opening before drilling a shot wide. Boro also found it tough making any headway, Paddy McNair sending a free-kick wide, but there was little to choose between the two sides by the break.
Marc Bola and Hayden Coulson linked up well down the left once again and Jonny Howson was excellent in midfield. He was involved in a couple of clever balls forward, one of which Marcus Tavernier couldn’t quite good enough purchase on his header to finish off.
Howson was involved again after a great ball from McNair when Akpom turned a shot over the top after fashioning Boro’s best chance of the opening hour.
Brentford had a great chance themselves when Vitaly Janelt should have done better from close range after a cross was deflected into his path with only Marcus Bettinelli to beat.
Coulson was next to try his luck when he lifted a shot over the top after the home side failed to deal with a McNair free-kick while Bola also sent a volley wide after a Boro corner.
It was Boro who looked the most likely as the game drew to a close, substitutes Marvin Johnson and Britt Assombalonga inches away from combining on the break after a loose touch from Ethan Pinnock.
Marcus Tavernier had a shot blocked after being slipped into space by Lewis Wing, then Wing himself forced David Raya into a save from a tight angle.