Middlesbrough extended their unbeaten Championship run to nine games but were made to settle for a draw at Blackburn.

Neil Warnock's visitors dominated the first half, Britt Assombalonga missing their best chance when he headed over from close range at the back post from a corner.

Rovers made last-ditch blocks to thwart efforts from Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson and did improve after the interval.

They came close when Joe Rankin-Costello's cross just evaded Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher, but Boro had 20 efforts on goal in all and should have won - Jonny Howson and Marcus Tavernier denied by Aynsley Pears before Dael Fry nodded Paddy McNair's corner wide.

The point moves Middlesbrough up to fifth, while Tony Mowbray's Blackburn drop to 15th, six points further back.

Yorkshire Post

Neil Warnock’s side looked as solid as conceding once from open play this season would suggest, and posed a threat with deliveries into the box all evening.

Britt Assombalonga passed up a very presentable opportunity in the first half, while Aynsley Pears acrobatically denied his old club in the second half.

Boro remain two points off second place and have now conceded just once in five games.

Blackburn, deprived of their top scorer Adam Armstrong, created precious little, though Joe Rankin-Costello’s second-half cross deserved to be converted.

The visitors’ form over the six previous game is unmatched and it took less than two minutes to fashion an opening...

Highlights from Boro's 0-0 draw at Blackburn

Northern Echo

Middlesbrough extended their unbeaten run to nine games but left Ewood Park frustrated at their failure to turn their near total domination into a victory.

Former Boro’ goalkeeper Aynsley Pears, who moved from the Riverside to Blackburn last month, frustrated Neil Warnock’s team with two notable second-half saves from Jonny Howson and Marcus Tavernier to ensure the match finished in a goalless stalemate.

Warnock will be delighted with another the clean sheet - their third in succession - against a team who went into the game as the Championship’s leading scorers.

But he will rue his team’s lack of a cutting edge in front of goal after seeing them bombard the Rovers penalty area for most of the game with shots and crosses.

It was only the second time in 11 away games since Warnock took over in June that Boro have failed to score.

Tony Mowbray, who played for and managed Boro, confessed before the game that he still holds the club close to his heart but he will be the first to admit his team got away with one last night.

Gazette/Teesside Live

Boro probed and probed for 90 minutes at Ewood Park but some impressive, committed defending that Blackburn boss and Boro legend Tony Mowbray would have been proud of meant Neil Warnock's side just could not find a breakthrough in a game they dominated.

So often the team to soak up the pressure this season, Boro did all the asking going forward but just seemed to find a player in blue and white throwing himself in front of the ball out of nowhere whenever they got themselves in a positive position.