Saturday 24 February 2018

Boro bemoan luck as Heaton denies them

Middlesbrough 0 Burnley 0

Burnley's Robbie Brady in action. Photo: Reuters
Burnley's Robbie Brady in action. Photo: Reuters
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Interim head coach Steve Agnew was left to bemoan his luck as relegation-threatened Middlesbrough were denied a first victory in 14 Premier League games by Burnley.

Agnew was convinced Burnley defender Michael Keane should have been sent off for an 85th-minute 'last man' foul on substitute Patrick Bamford as he threatened to go one-on-one with keeper Tom Heaton with a chance to secure a priceless win.

Burnley's Michael Keane fouls Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford resulting in a yellow card. Photo: Reuters
Burnley's Michael Keane fouls Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford resulting in a yellow card. Photo: Reuters

However, referee Martin Atkinson decided only to book the England international - replays suggested he had slipped as he tried to rein Bamford in - and Matt Lowton headed Stewart Downing's free-kick off the line to double the dose as the match ended 0-0.

Agnew said: "Patrick is capable of getting on the last man and balls in behind. He's a threat and that's exactly what happened. From where I was standing, I was disappointed with the decision. I thought he was in on goal, I thought his first touch was terrific. His dropped on his right foot, he was in control of the ball - he'd have had a one on one with the goalkeeper."

Agnew's mood was not improved seconds later when Alvaro Negredo, who had earlier forced a stunning save from Heaton with an acrobatic volley, had a goal chalked off for handball, although he had no issue with that decision.

The defeat left the Teessiders six points adrift of 17th-placed Hull, albeit with a game in hand.

Interim Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew was frustrated after a 0-0 draw with Burnley.
Interim Middlesbrough head coach Steve Agnew was frustrated after a 0-0 draw with Burnley.

Agnew said: "Alvaro did everything right, scissor-kick, left foot, lots of power behind it, great save. Stewart Downing steps up and does everything right, Lowton drops on to the post, sees it out for a corner.

"They're just things that have just not gone for us today. But in terms of effort, commitment, attitude, energy... and I have to say the crowd was terrific."

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