Karanka blasts Boro show

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka was thankful to earn a point from a goalless draw after his team produced a far from satisfactory display at Doncaster.

Karanka criticised his players after the game for not showing any "fight" and said he had been embarrassed for the club's large away following.

Doncaster battled hard in the difficult blustery conditions and were the better side overall - especially in the first half.

More than 4,000 Boro supporters were among the 11,440 crowd and Karanka said: "It was difficult for both sides in the windy conditions.

"But when you can't play you need to fight and we didn't do that.

"When you don't play and you don't fight it makes it difficult to win the game and is an embarrassment for our supporters.

"We have a huge away following. People came to support us and we didn't play for them like we should.

"Doncaster were better than us at fighting for the ball and, in the circumstances, I'm happy to get a point.

"But I'm not happy with the way we played. You struggle to score goals when you don't play well.

"It wasn't a tactical problem and if we had performed like we are capable of then we would have won the game."

Chances were few and far between in the first half but Emmanuel Ledesma went close for the visitors after the break and Chris Brown missed the best chance of the match for Doncaster from close range on the hour mark.

Brown had a volley cleared off the line in stoppage time as the visitors' luck held.

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov said: "I thought we had the better of it but a draw was probably a fair result overall.

"It was a scrappy match and it was hard to get the ball down and play because of the conditions.

"Middlesbrough are a good team and we knew they would be dangerous on the break but I thought we posed more of a threat overall."

Rovers skipper Richie Wellens was booked for a crude challenge and will miss the next two games as much-improved Doncaster try to extend their four-match unbeaten run.

Dickov added: "It's a blow to lose Richie but we didn't expect him to go through the next few games without a caution and it's a chance for someone else to come in and make their mark.

"I've said all along when we got our injured players fit we would be much more competitive and, with the signings we've made, we are a match for anyone when we are at our best.

"We've kept a few clean sheets in the last four games and we've got some important matches coming up so it's vital we keep the run going."