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Boro claim battling point

12 Mar 2011 18:00:05

Boro claim battling point

Middlesbrough picked up a useful point at Portsmouth in the npower Championship following a goalless draw as they continued their battle against the drop.Tony Mowbray's side went into the clash at Fratton Park on the back of a confidence-boosting win at Derby and backed that up with a thoroughly-deserved point.Portsmouth were left frustrated as they wasted a string of chances to beat goalkeeper Paul Smith. Joel Ward could have tested Smith but his headed effort lacked the power and direction to cause any alarm.They did come within a whisker after 20 minutes, though, as another header from Hermann Hreidarsson rattled the bar as he latched onto David Cotterill's free-kick.Smith did do well to keep Pompey at bay as the game reached its final stages, punching away a Dave Nugent header as it threatened to find a way through a crowded area.But Marvin Emnes - on for the injured Leroy Lita - nearly snatched victory for the visitors as his drive from the left side of penalty area brought another crucial save from Jamie Ashdown.


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