Football: West Brom miss chance of top-six spot

West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips (left) tussles for the ball with Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan (centre) and Adam Clayton during the EPL match on Aug 28, 2016.
West Bromwich Albion's Matt Phillips (left) tussles for the ball with Middlesbrough's Antonio Barragan (centre) and Adam Clayton during the EPL match on Aug 28, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - West Bromwich Albion missed a chance to move into the Premier League's top six when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough on Sunday despite making the better opportunities in a dull game.

West Brom were the more progressive side but visiting goalkeeper Brad Guzan saved comfortably from James McClean and defender Brendan Galloway.

The home side might have had a penalty when striker Salomon Rondon clearly had his shirt held by Ben Gibson and West Brom's Craig Dawson headed narrowly wide from a corner in the second half.

Middlesbrough, promoted last season under Spaniard Aitor Karanka, took 73 minutes to have a shot on target but held on to maintain their unbeaten record after three games.